MotoGP Brno: Moto3 pole for Fernandez as McPhee crashes

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Red Bull KTM’s Raul Fernandez has bagged his maiden Moto3 pole at the Brno MotoGP round but it was bad news for John McPhee who was spat off his Honda early in qualifying two.

Fernandez finished with a two-tenth advantage over Gabriel Rodrigo with Tatsuki Suzuki in third and another tenth of the second down.

McPhee suffered a big highside at turn nine - where James Whitham set fire to the Modenas KR3 back when all this was fields - and will start from 18th.

The 15-minute Q2 session ended in bizarre circumstances when everybody waited and waited in pitlane before only two minutes were left in the session.

It meant any chance of putting in a final flying lap had disappeared, solely because of the lightweight class field were all waiting for a tow, and what is usually a frantic ending to Moto3 qualifying instead petered out.

Afterwards, Red Bull KTM Ajo boss Aki Ajo shared his frustration at the tactics deployed by the field whilst speaking with MotoG™ pitlane reporter Simon Crafar, despite his own rider taking top spot.

It means Fernandez will line-up alongside Rodrigo and Suzuki on the front row, with Honda Team Asia’s Ai Ogura fronting the second row of the grid.

Leopard Racing’s Dennis Foggia and Kömmerling Gresini Moto3’s Jeremy Alcoba complete row two, with the top six riders separated by half a second. World Championship leader Albert Arenas’ frustration was clear at missing a final shot at pole position, but the last time the Spaniard fronted row three he went on to win the Spanish Grand Prix.

Having ended Q1 fastest moments earlier, Rivacold Snipers Team’s Tony Arbolino bagged eighth on the grid, just ahead of fellow Italian Romano Fenati (Sterilgarda Max Racing Team).

Rookie Yuki Kunii (Honda Team Asia) enjoyed his best qualifying of his young career by taking tenth, and the Japanese youngster will be joined on row four by Andrea Migno (SKY Racing Team VR46) and Niccolo Antonelli (SIC58 Squadra Corse).

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