Deniz Oncu storms to a maiden Moto3 pole position in Styria.
Deniz Oncu takes his first ever Moto3 pole position in Styria after a well-timed incident which saw him run off the track, this compiled with some other problems with riders going off track meant the session was ended prematurely handing Oncu his very first pole position start in the lightweight Moto3 class which he was obviously elated with, the ever emotional youngster celebrating in style. Oncu led Sergio Garcia by a tiny 0.024-second margin to second place, the Spaniard suffering a horrible looking high side and limping off afterwards, he was not part of the parc ferme proceedings.
Joining the duo on the front row is veteran Romano Fenati only 0.053 seconds back ahead of Pedro Acosta on the second row, Acosta finally putting in a strong qualifying after a run of Q1 starts which have forced him to start from way down the grid, obviously Assen was an anomaly given he was run over. It’s an incredibly strong row two with Izan Guevara in fifth place, the Moto3 rookie has come into the class with a string of rookie title wins including the Moto3 Junior World Championship and has battled for race wins this year in Catalunya, starting Qatar from P2 earlier this year. Joining the duo on the second row is Dennis Foggia, the Italian has flown up the championship standings and is now in the title fight.
Opening up row three is Jaume Masia with an identical time to Dennis Foggia ahead of him and Darryn Binder only 0.020 seconds back. The Gresini boys rounded off the top 10 with Alcoba the fastest of the two, Alcoba have saved his weekend today after struggling yesterday way down the order, a Q2 earning lap time in FP3 put him in the mix and he starts within the top 10 ahead of his teammate.
John McPhee starts from P12 ahead of Riccardo Rossi who is feeling incredibly confident this weekend, eyeing up a really strong result.
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