The British Grand Prix has not gone according to plan so far for home favourite and Moto3 series leader Danny Kent, who was on course for the fastest lap in this morning’s final free practice session before being relegated to fourth by Jorge Martín and two other riders.
In the afternoon’s qualifying session the British rider looked to have pole position sewn up until Jorge Navarro pulled a magical lap from up his sleeve to smash the previous pole record here and secure the front spot on the grid for tomorrow’s race.
The Spaniard gave a crucial tow to Karel Hanika, who took advantage to qualify in second place on the grid, with the top two riders the only men to break the 2’13 barrier today.
Jorge Martín qualified in sixteenth after the youngster this morning topped a practice session for the first time in his Grand Prix career. Only a gearshifter problem at the end of qualifying prevented the Spanish rookie from qualifying further up the grid.
Juanfran Guevara did run into traffic in the crucial closing stages and as such the time he set on just his second lap proved to be his fastest, meaning he will start from nineteenth.
15th Pecco Bagnaia 2.14.176 (15 laps):
“It was a positive session for us in terms of pace and lap time. Navarro surprised us all with a perfect lap; as well as riding fast he must have found the perfect slipstreams because otherwise that lap time is unthinkable. From our side I am happy with how we have worked, we just needed clearer track for a few laps at the end. I still managed to make my last lap my fastest one and that was with a couple of mistakes. Obviously we would like to be starting from further forward but fifteenth is an improvement on the last race and with the pace we have I think it can be an interesting race for us tomorrow. The slipstreams will again be crucial and there will be a large group at the front. Being a part of it is a case of getting a good start and fighting hard over the first few laps.”
16th Jorge Martín 2.14.216 (14 laps):
“Today was my day, I felt comfortable and this morning I was strong and confident. We were optimistic about qualifying and we did a great job again but unfortunately we had a problem with the gearshifter right at the end that prevented us from qualifying further forward. It was a shame because I really felt like we were capable of a good result. Hopefully it won’t happen again. Tomorrow we have to make up the positions we lost today but we have the pace to do it. Pecco and I helped each other out this afternoon. The starts have been good for me recently so tomorrow I will try to push hard from the start and get into that lead group. I know we have a fight on our hands but I am ready for it.”
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