Jorge Martin & Juanfran Guevara line up 15th & 16th at Misano
After a hot day on and off the track yesterday the temperatures and the lap times continued to soar at Misano today, where the Moto3 riders were already inside record pace from this morning’s final free practice session.
As the heat and the wind rose in the afternoon the lap times weren’t quite as fast in qualifying, with Danny Kent’s dominance of practice finally coming to an end as local favourite Enea Bastianini snatched pole position by just 0.037 seconds from Brad Binder. Niccolo Antonelli and Romano Fenati also made strong challenges for pole today as they look to battle for the honour of top Italian in what promises to be an exciting race tomorrow.
Pecco Bagnaia, Jorge Martín and Juanfran Guevara will line up in touching distance of each other on tomorrow’s grid after qualifying twelfth, fifteenth and sixteenth respectively.
The pace of the MAPFRE Team Mahindra trio suggests that they could be fighting for much higher positions in the race, with Pecco having run into traffic on his best lap as he finished eight tenths off pole position.
Whilst Martín struggled a little with the wind and missed out on a slipstream, Guevara had to close the throttle on his fastest lap after losing the rear just a couple of corners from the end. However, all three MAPFRE Team Mahindra riders are confident that they have the potential to be competitive here at Misano tomorrow.
15th Jorge Martín 1.43.432 (15 laps):
“We did a great job this morning and I thought we would be able to set a really good time this afternoon but I didn’t manage to put the perfect lap together. I was lapping alone at the start of the session and the wind picked up a little, which hindered our performance. Even though we didn’t set the lap time we wanted the feeling is great and we will start from fifteenth. I have come through the pack in a few races already this season so I don’t think it will be a problem. My pace is really good and I am sure I can fight in the front group tomorrow. Our race set-up is good and we can keep our pace without wearing out the tyres too much. The track conditions were better today, there was more grip and the only thing that prevented the lap time from being quicker was the wind. The Mahindra is getting closer and closer to the other bikes, which is pushing us on. I will try my best in the race and use my head. I want to be in the lead group.”
16th Juanfran Guevara 1.43.519 (17 laps):
“I am really happy because the team have done a good job and we have a set-up I really like. This morning we were running up at the top and in the afternoon we started qualifying strongly. I pushed hard on soft tyres on my final run and I was on a fast lap but a couple of corners from the end I lost the rear when I opened the throttle and it cost me a few tenths and some grid positions. The race tomorrow will be a little earlier than qualifying this afternoon and with lower temperatures the grip should be better. There could be a few crashes at the start of the race because despite the new surface there have been a lot already this weekend. We will have to stay focused, avoid mistakes and the objective will be a top seven or eight finish.”
Source: Aspar Media