Jerez Moto3: Rossi protege Bulega scores maiden pole position

Rookie Nicolo Bulega scored his maiden pole position in Moto3, beating everyone but Brad Binder by more than four tenths.

Jerez Moto3: Rossi protege Bulega scores maiden pole position

Bulega, a protege of MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi, set his benchmark of 1m46.223s before the final of two pit stops, leading the way by four tenths.

Although he didn't improve on his final stint, neither did most of the field.

Practice pacesetter Binder was an exception but his flyer fell two tenths short as well, the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider settling for runner-up.

Jorge Navarro will complete the front row, beating Francesco Bagnaia's late effort by just two thousandths.

Fifth-placed Niccolo Antonelli fell at around halfway through the session while running third and, even though he hurt his knee, the Italian rejoined for the final minutes but failed to improve.

Enea Bastianini, whose last lap was ruined by a crash, ended up sixth, followed by Joan Mir and Juanfran Guevara.

Bulega's teammate Romano Fenati and Jakub Kornfeil completed the top 10, followed by Aron Canet, who had two of his laps deleted due to track limits.

Full times

Pos.RiderTeamBikeTime
1  Nicolo Bulega SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM 1:46.223
2  Brad Binder Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 1:46.436
3  Jorge Navarro Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda 1:46.678
4  Francesco Bagnaia ASPAR Mahindra Team Moto3 Mahindra 1:46.680
5  Niccolo Antonelli Ongetta-Rivacold Honda 1:46.705
6  Enea Bastianini Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda 1:46.827
7  Joan Mir Leopard Racing KTM 1:46.962
8  Juanfran Guevara RBA Racing Team KTM 1:46.967
9  Romano Fenati SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM 1:47.072
10  Jakub Kornfeil Drive M7 SIC Racing Team Honda 1:47.131
11  Aron Canet Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda 1:47.154
12  Fabio Quartararo Leopard Racing KTM 1:47.271
13  Philipp Oettl Schedl GP Racing KTM 1:47.276
14  Jorge Martin ASPAR Mahindra Team Moto3 Mahindra 1:47.281
15  Jules Danilo Ongetta-Rivacold Honda 1:47.325
16  Albert Arenas MRW Mahindra Aspar Team Mahindra 1:47.361
17  Andrea Migno SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM 1:47.397
18  Bo Bendsneyder Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 1:47.528
19  Hiroki Ono Honda Team Asia Honda 1:47.580
20  Livio Loi RW Racing GP BV Honda 1:47.618
21  Tatsuki Suzuki CIP-Unicom Starker Mahindra 1:47.654
22  Fabio Di Giannantonio Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda 1:47.734
23  Gabriel Rodrigo RBA Racing Team KTM 1:47.736
24  Khairul Idham Pawi Honda Team Asia Honda 1:47.740
25  John McPhee Peugeot MC Saxoprint Peugeot 1:47.746
26  Karel Hanika Platinum Bay Real Estate Mahindra 1:47.830
27  Andrea Locatelli Leopard Racing KTM 1:47.978
28  Adam Norrodin Drive M7 SIC Racing Team Honda 1:48.025
29  Davide Pizzoli Procercasa - 42 Motorsport KTM 1:48.090
30  Alexis Masbou Peugeot MC Saxoprint Peugeot 1:48.431
31  Darryn Binder Platinum Bay Real Estate Mahindra 1:48.499
32  Lorenzo Petrarca 3570 Team Italia Mahindra 1:48.595
33  Maria Herrera MH6 Laglisse KTM 1:49.245
34  Fabio Spiranelli CIP-Unicom Starker Mahindra 1:49.580
35  Enzo Boulom Procercasa - 42 Motorsport KTM 1:49.821
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