MotoGP Catalunya: Rodrigo takes pole despite tactical blunder

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Gresini Honda Moto3 Gabriel Rodrigo held on to claim his first pole since Motegi 2018, despite a tactical blunder which saw him fail to post a final flying lap, missing the chequered flag after waiting too long in pit lane at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

The Argentine was the fastest man in the first run of laps, with Canet hot on his tail. With the usual mid session lull, it became a waiting game and every team tested their poker faces, waiting until the last possible second to go out.

The majority of teams sent their riders out with a little over two minutes remaining, allowing enough time for an out lap and then getting over the line in time to post one final flying lap.

Rodrigo however, ended up missing the opportunity to post a final flying lap, leaving him with his original lap time as his final lap time. Despite some red sectors early in the lap, luckily for Rodrigo, nobody could improve on his original time, letting him get away with the tactical blunder for the fourth pole position of his Moto3 career.

Behind the Argentine, it will be Ai Ogura and Tony Arbolino in second and third places respectively, capitalising on late laps of their own.

Tatsuki Suzuki will lead the second row in fourth position, ahead of World Championship leader Aron Canet, who struggled on his final flying lap. Albert Arenas will round out the second row in sixth position.

Alonso Lopez, Jaume Masia and Lorenzo Dalla Porta will make up the third row, with Dalla Porta having his final lap ruined after being taken out at turn five by Nico Antonelli.

John McPhee was tenth on his Petronas Sprinta Honda, just ahead of Andrea Migno and Marcos Ramirez. It was a session to forget for Antonelli, with two crashes, leaving the World Championship contender down in seventeenth position.