Le Mans Moto3: Antonelli beats Binder in crash-strewn qualifying

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Le Mans Moto3: Antonelli beats Binder in crash-strewn qualifying
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May 7, 2016, 11:33 AM

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.

Full results

PosRiderTeamBikeTime
1 ItalyNiccolo Antonelli  ItalyOngetta-Rivacold Honda NSF250RW 1:42.756
2 South AfricaBrad Binder  Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM RC 250 GP 1:42.823
3 SpainAron Canet  BelgiumEstrella Galicia 0,0 Honda NSF250RW 1:42.825
4 SpainJorge Navarro  BelgiumEstrella Galicia 0,0 Honda NSF250RW 1:42.842
5 ItalyRomano Fenati  SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM RC 250 GP 1:42.865
6 ItalyNicolo Bulega  SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM RC 250 GP 1:42.888
7 Juan Francisco Guevara  SpainRBA Racing Team KTM RC 250 GP 1:43.084
8 FranceFabio Quartararo  United KingdomLeopard Racing KTM RC 250 GP 1:43.092
9 MalaysiaKhairul Idham Pawi  Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW 1:43.106
10 ItalyFabio Di Giannantonio  Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda NSF250RW 1:43.198
11 Czech RepublicJakub Kornfeil  MalaysiaDrive M7 SIC Racing Team Honda NSF250RW 1:43.214
12 BelgiumLivio Loi  RW Racing GP BV Honda NSF250RW 1:43.224
13 JapanTatsuki Suzuki  CIP-Unicom Starker Mahindra MGP30 1:43.275
14 ItalyAndrea Locatelli  United KingdomLeopard Racing KTM RC 250 GP 1:43.330
15 FranceAlexis Masbou  Peugeot MC Saxoprint Peugeot MGP30 1:43.353
16 JapanHiroki Ono  Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW 1:43.376
17 ItalyAndrea Migno  SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM RC 250 GP 1:43.448
18 Philipp Ottl  GermanySchedl GP Racing KTM RC 250 GP 1:43.458
19 ItalyFrancesco Bagnaia  ASPAR Mahindra Team Moto3 Mahindra MGP30 1:43.496
20 SpainGabriel Rodrigo  SpainRBA Racing Team KTM RC 250 GP 1:43.643
21 NetherlandsBo Bendsneyder  Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM RC 250 GP 1:43.687
22 South AfricaDarryn Binder  ItalyPlatinum Bay Real Estate Mahindra MGP30 1:43.725
23 SpainJorge Martin  ASPAR Mahindra Team Moto3 Mahindra MGP30 1:43.732
24 SpainJoan Mir  United KingdomLeopard Racing KTM RC 250 GP 1:43.766
25 United KingdomJohn McPhee  Peugeot MC Saxoprint Peugeot MGP30 1:43.767
26 Czech RepublicKarel Hanika  ItalyPlatinum Bay Real Estate Mahindra MGP30 1:43.807
27 FranceJules Danilo  ItalyOngetta-Rivacold Honda NSF250RW 1:44.056
28 ItalyStefano Valtulini  3570 Team Italia Mahindra MGP30 1:44.214
29 Enzo Boulom  Procercasa - 42 Motorsport KTM RC 250 GP 1:44.314
30 MalaysiaAdam Norrodin  MalaysiaDrive M7 SIC Racing Team Honda NSF250RW 1:45.207
31 ItalyLorenzo Petrarca  3570 Team Italia Mahindra MGP30 1:45.526
32 ItalyFabio Spiranelli  CIP-Unicom Starker Mahindra MGP30 1:45.603
33 SpainMaria Herrera* MH6 Team KTM RC 250 GP 1:44.378

 

*Herrera received a grid penalty.

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Series Moto3
Event Le Mans
Location Circuit de la Sarthe
Drivers Niccolo Antonelli
Author David Gruz
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