MotoGP Mugello: Oncu on the pole Moto3

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Deniz Öncü of Tech3 KTM claimed pole position for the Italian Moto3 Grand Prix after setting a lap of 1’56.811 at Mugello on Saturday.

The Turks were joined at Parc Fermé by fellow Red Bull KTM driver Daniel Holgado, on the Ajo engine and Friday hero Dennis Foggia. John McPhee of Sterilgarda Husqvarna qualified for the sixth time after a short spell on the temporary pole.

Alberto Surra’s home qualifier was just five corners after the Rivacold Snipers rider suffered a high on the lap when Moto3 came out on Saturday evening. The Italian has just returned from a four -race absence after a wrist injury at AmericasGP.

Class starter David Muñoz led Q1 times when the opening round was listed. The BOE driver recently turned 16 on race day at Le Mans, finally allowing official participation. Ryusei Yamanaka of MT Helmets and Matteo Bertelle of Avintia did better next season with Adrian Fernandez of Tech3 finishing in the top four in the early stages.

Joel Kelso was up in sixth place in the second half, the Australian still suffering a thigh injury during a warm -up crash in Jerez with Lorenzo Fellon who was in fifth place.

Muñoz got his best in the final minute as Fellon advanced to number three, Fernandez out of contention when the session ended.

The 18-strong man started the shootout with Izan Guevara setting up his solo and the session culminated as the black cloud began to enter. Riccardo Rossi of Sic58 set the pace with 1’57.450 with Holgado and Guevara finishing positions in the front row.

The second effort saw McPhee up the pace with 1’57.299 to take responsibility on the temporary pole. Jaume Masia KTM was number three with Tatsuki Suzuki to number four, and his friend Leopard was number six.

Mugello qualifier Scott Ogden saw England spread to eighth place with three minutes left. VisionTrack drivers 1’57.958 outperform some big names including Sergio Garcia, Andrea Migno and Öncü.

Foggia pushed his own run to find number two, only six hundred shy of pole scores in a row in the penultimate minute. Italy took the spoils briefly before being rejected almost immediately by the Tech3 star. Garcia joined the front line as McPhee dropped to fourth with one left lap.

The final summer round saw McPhee held and pushed big by the chasing pack, Öncü claiming pole position in the final shuffle from Holgado and Foggia with teammates Aspar Garcia and Guevara leading McPhee in the second line. Diogo Moreira led the third row at MT Helmets from h8is own teammate Yamanaka with Rossi splitting the pair from eight. Masia was forced to settle for tenth place in the flag ahead of Suzuki, Fellon and Bertelle. Ogden prepared the 14th row for Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix with Muñoz, Migno, Carlos Tatay and Stefano Nepa completing the set.

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