AustrianGP: Raul Fernandez claims back-to-back poles

Published on August 15, 2020
By Short Shift News

Red Bull Factory KTM AJO rider Raul Fernandez will start from pole position for the second consecutive race, taking top spot ahead of championship leader Albert Arenas and John McPhee.

A last minute dash from Raul Fernandez pinched pole position from championship leader Albert Arenas by just +0.011s. Fernandez’s 1:36.277 was enough to seal his second pole in a row while Briton’s John McPhee qualified third.

Jaume Masia put in a last-minute charge but lost crucial time in the final sector while battling with Niccolo Antonelli. The Brno podium finisher will line-up in fourth ahead of Celestino Vietti, who also ruined a provisional pole position lap by running wide at the penultimate corner as the checkered flag beckoned. Row two is completed by Tatsuki Suzuki who will be aiming to launch a battle from sixth after crashing out of the Czech Grand Prix.

Row three is headed by Argentine Gabriel Rodrigo who is joined by lap record holder, Tony Arbolino and Q1 entry Riccardo Rossi.

Dennis Oncü heads the fourth row with Czech Grand Prix race winner, Dennis Foggia, and Andrea Migno alongside. The Turkish rider is getting on with the Austrian circuit, a track he knows well from the Red Bull Rookies Cup.

Ai Ogura will start 13th ahead of Filip Salac and Antonelli while Ayumu Sasaki, Kaito Toba and Jeremy Alcoba completed the top 18. Toba could have improved but suffered a heavy high-side at the final corner, his second crash of the day.

Stefano Nepa was the first rider to miss out of the Q2 spot, he’ll line up in 19th while Darryn Binder will have to start his Austrian Grand Prix from down in 22nd.

Last year’s race winner, Romano Fenati has a huge mountain to climb on Sunday. He’ll line-up from 30th on the grid on Sunday morning with team-mate Alonso Lopez completing the field.

The Moto3 race will get underway tomorrow at 11:00 local time.


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