CzechGP: Fernandez takes pole as McPhee crashes

Published on August 8, 2020
By Short Shift News

Red Bull KTM AJO’s Raul Fernandez has taken pole position for the Czech Grand Prix ahead of Gabriel Rodrigo and Tatsuki Suzuki.

With riders taking the chequered flag before they got to start their final runs, it closed what was expected to be a dramatic final minute of the Moto3 qualifying session in Brno.

Raul Fernandez snatched pole position for the Czech Grand Prix in Brno, topping Q2 with a 2:08.372, +0.211s clear of Rodrigo and +0.336s clear of two-time pole sitter Tatsuki Suzuki.

Ai Ogura heads row two with a 2:08.773, Dennis Foggia will line up in the middle of the second row after coming through Q1 and Jeremy Alcoba completes the second row.

Albert Arenas will line up seventh, the championship leader was among the riders who missed out on their second runs. The Spaniard will start ahead of Tony Arbolino and Romano Fenati.

Row four is headed by Yuki Kunii who has the two VR46 protogies of Andrea Migno and Niccolo Antonelli for company.

Jaume Masia was another rider to come through Q1, but couldn’t use that extra 15-minutes of track time to his advantage and will start tomorrow’s Grand Prix from 13th ahead of Stefano Nepa and Darryn Binder, who had a lap cancelled towards the end of the session.

Kaito Toba heads row six and is joined by Ryusei Yamanaka and John McPhee, who suffered a highside on his first lap whilst following Darryn Binder. It is understood that McPhee has suffered no injury, but will have a tough task on his hands as he looks to continue his form and stay in the title hunt.

The Moto3 race will commence tomorrow at 11:00 local time where Raul Fernandez will be hunting for his maiden victory.

Full qualifying results can be found here.

Featured image: Red Bull


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