Moto3 Le Mans Qualifying: Andrea Migno takes pole by two seconds
A strategy played to perfection, Andrea Migno takes pole in Moto3.
The combination of a hot track, wet weather and balls of steel meant that Andrea Migno was able to play his strategy to perfection to take pole position in Le Mans by more than two seconds. It was an interesting qualifying in Moto3 with the Q2 times being much slower than Q1 due to rain coming in and disrupting play, Migno impressed early on in the session by riding around on a completely wet track on slick tyres and was setting fairly solid lap times before realising it was far too treacherous to continue and chose to pit. Now instead of going back out on wet tyres as many riders did Migno took a risk and chose to wait in the pits as the rain stopped and the track dried incredibly quickly due to its temperature meaning he could venture back out on slicks on the now drying track.
This risky move paid off tenfold as the Italian rider took pole position by a huge two seconds to Riccardo Rossi in second place.. Yes you heard that right, Riccardo Rossi in second place. Rossi is a rider we’ve banged on about for a little while now and is much faster than what his track performances are showing at the moment, he was another rider who waited in the pits and went out on slick tyres giving him a huge advantage over other riders and allowing him to take a very easy second place on the grid just ahead of Jaume Masia who rounds off the front row.
John McPhee once again qualifies on the front two rows as he has done all season long despite not taking any points, he will be a rider in contention for victory here in Le Mans given his previous form with a race win here back in 2019, he is joined on the second row by another two veterans of the class with Gabriel Rodrigo and Niccolo Antonelli, Antonelli was a rider who got tangled up in a crash with Riccardo Rossi earlier on in the session with both riders recovering to start on the front two rows.
Filip Salac heads row three with a crash late on into the session meaning he was unable to attempt to battle for any higher positions, the Czech rider has shown some flashes of speed this year so we could be seeing a good performance from him tomorrow, he is joined by Sergio Garcia and Tatsuki Suzuki on row three with the latter heading Q1.
Looking down the order it seems like business as usual for Darryn Binder who has historically struggled to qualify in top positions taking P16 today with Jeremy Alcoba unable to turn his tough weekend around in qualifying and will start from P17, the Spanish rider has had a tough weekend but was able to escape from Q1 into Q2 before the rain came down and spoiled the fun. Moto3 championship leader Pedro Acosta will start tomorrows race from P21.
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