Le Mans Moto3: Antonelli beats Binder in crash-strewn qualifying
Niccolo Antonelli became the fifth different Moto3 polesitter of the 2016 season, having edged Brad Binder at the very end of a session punctuated by several crashes.
Jakub Kornfeil, overall quickest after FP3, was the early leader but was narrowly pipped by Romano Fenati before the first of two pitstop breaks.
Binder quickly took the lead once back out and, despite him being temporarily demoted by Nicolo Bulega, another improvement saw the championship leader in first place heading into the closing minutes.
Although the South African failed to improve the during the dying stages, he remained the leader until the chequered flag, only to be pipped by Antonelli with a last-second effort.
Rookie Aron Canet took third, just two thousandths off Binder's pace, to secure his first Moto3 front row start, just ahead of Estrella Galicia 0,0 teammate Jorge Navarro.
Sky Racing Team duo Fenati and Nicolo Bulega completed the top six, which was separated by 0.132s. The latter also suffered a highside crash, from which he walked away, seemingly suffering from pain in his left wrist.
Juanfran Guevara was seventh, just beating Fabio Quartararo, who also fell after running wide into the gravel.
The top 10 was made up by Khairul Idham Pawi and Fabio Di Giannantonio.
Alongside Bulega and Quartararo, a number of rider crashed out, among them Kornfeil, Gabriel Rodrigo, Joan Mir, Adam Norrodin and Fabio Spiranelli.
|1||Niccolo Antonelli||Ongetta-Rivacold||Honda NSF250RW||1:42.756|
|2||Brad Binder||Red Bull KTM Ajo||KTM RC 250 GP||1:42.823|
|3||Aron Canet||Estrella Galicia 0,0||Honda NSF250RW||1:42.825|
|4||Jorge Navarro||Estrella Galicia 0,0||Honda NSF250RW||1:42.842|
|5||Romano Fenati||SKY Racing Team VR46||KTM RC 250 GP||1:42.865|
|6||Nicolo Bulega||SKY Racing Team VR46||KTM RC 250 GP||1:42.888|
|7||Juan Francisco Guevara||RBA Racing Team||KTM RC 250 GP||1:43.084|
|8||Fabio Quartararo||Leopard Racing||KTM RC 250 GP||1:43.092|
|9||Khairul Idham Pawi||Honda Team Asia||Honda NSF250RW||1:43.106|
|10||Fabio Di Giannantonio||Gresini Racing Moto3||Honda NSF250RW||1:43.198|
|11||Jakub Kornfeil||Drive M7 SIC Racing Team||Honda NSF250RW||1:43.214|
|12||Livio Loi||RW Racing GP BV||Honda NSF250RW||1:43.224|
|13||Tatsuki Suzuki||CIP-Unicom Starker||Mahindra MGP30||1:43.275|
|14||Andrea Locatelli||Leopard Racing||KTM RC 250 GP||1:43.330|
|15||Alexis Masbou||Peugeot MC Saxoprint||Peugeot MGP30||1:43.353|
|16||Hiroki Ono||Honda Team Asia||Honda NSF250RW||1:43.376|
|17||Andrea Migno||SKY Racing Team VR46||KTM RC 250 GP||1:43.448|
|18||Philipp Ottl||Schedl GP Racing||KTM RC 250 GP||1:43.458|
|19||Francesco Bagnaia||ASPAR Mahindra Team Moto3||Mahindra MGP30||1:43.496|
|20||Gabriel Rodrigo||RBA Racing Team||KTM RC 250 GP||1:43.643|
|21||Bo Bendsneyder||Red Bull KTM Ajo||KTM RC 250 GP||1:43.687|
|22||Darryn Binder||Platinum Bay Real Estate||Mahindra MGP30||1:43.725|
|23||Jorge Martin||ASPAR Mahindra Team Moto3||Mahindra MGP30||1:43.732|
|24||Joan Mir||Leopard Racing||KTM RC 250 GP||1:43.766|
|25||John McPhee||Peugeot MC Saxoprint||Peugeot MGP30||1:43.767|
|26||Karel Hanika||Platinum Bay Real Estate||Mahindra MGP30||1:43.807|
|27||Jules Danilo||Ongetta-Rivacold||Honda NSF250RW||1:44.056|
|28||Stefano Valtulini||3570 Team Italia||Mahindra MGP30||1:44.214|
|29||Enzo Boulom||Procercasa - 42 Motorsport||KTM RC 250 GP||1:44.314|
|30||Adam Norrodin||Drive M7 SIC Racing Team||Honda NSF250RW||1:45.207|
|31||Lorenzo Petrarca||3570 Team Italia||Mahindra MGP30||1:45.526|
|32||Fabio Spiranelli||CIP-Unicom Starker||Mahindra MGP30||1:45.603|
|33||Maria Herrera*||MH6 Team||KTM RC 250 GP||1:44.378|
*Herrera received a grid penalty.
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