Honda’s Moto3 riders took over the second row of the grid, with South African Brad Binder (Ambrogio Racing Suter Honda), Australian Jack Miller (Caretta Technology – RTG FTR Honda) and Italian Niccolo Antonelli (GO&FUN Gresini FTR Honda) fourth, fifth and sixth, enjoying the useable horsepower of the Honda engine at a track without long straights but with strings of complex corner sets.
Danny Webb (Ambrogio Racing Suter Honda) and Alexis Masbou (Ongetta-Rivacold FTR Honda) were 12th and 13th, in the thick of typically close lap times in the ultra-competitive smallest class.
Isaac Vinales (Bimbo Ongetta-Centro Seta FTR Honda) was 16th, John McPhee (Caretta Technology – RTG FTR Honda) 17th and Romano Fenati (San Carlo Team Italia FTR Honda) 18th in another all-Honda row of the grid.
Honda Moto3 Rider quotes
Brad Binder, Ambrogio Racing: fourth – 1m 47.517
“The first section, T1, is perfect, T2 is good – the only sector in which I am really losing time is the last one. I’m battling a little bit with the front, and it’s difficult to get it perfect every single lap. And the wind is blowing in that direction, against you, so if it picks you up it destroys your lap. So, at the end I decided not to risk to ruin a good qualifying. I’ve been on the second row once before – last year at the Sachsenring, when I was sixth, so this is the best qualifying so far. The race can be very good, if we can improve a little bit the set-up according to the needs of our tyres.”
Jack Miller, Caretta Technology – RTG: fifth, 1m 47.613s
“Not too bad ... we keep stepping forward and going in the right direction. I did all my laps alone in qualifying, without any slipstream, and that makes a big difference. You are not so quick. It’s good to be on the second row. I’ll aim to keep with the group, and then see what happens in the race. Compared with the last two tracks with very long straights, we are at less of a disadvantage here, so basically it’s looking positive.”
Niccolo Antonelli, GO&FUN Gresini: sixth, 1m 47.742s
“I am happy with a second row start even though I was hoping for the front row and probably could have made it, but for whatever reason we didn’t make the most of our final run. Maybe I lost my concentration a little but we are confident about tomorrow. We start with the front group and we’ll give our best to stay there. ”