Honda riders had a superb qualifying session for tomorrow’s Aragon Moto3 race,
with Darryn Binder (Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda NSF250RW), Gabriel Rodrigo (Indonesian Racing Gresini Moto3 Honda NSF250RW) and Tatsuki Suzuki (SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda NSF250RW) filling all three places on the front row of the grid.
And Andrea Migno (Rivacold Snipers Team Honda NSF250RW) and Jeremy Alcoba (Indonesian Racing Gresini Moto3 Honda NSF250RW) made it five NSF250RW machines in the top seven, on the second and third rows in fifth and seventh positions.
This is Binder’s first pole position since the season-opening Qatar GP, which he finished on the podium, so the 23-year-old South African will be looking for another top-three tomorrow.
Rodrigo retook second place on the grid with a brilliant final lap, just 0.181 seconds behind Binder. The 24-year-old Argentine rider scored his last podium at May’s Italian Grand Prix. This race will be Rodrigo’s 116th GP and he has yet to top the podium.
Suzuki’s front-row performance – his fifth of 2021, including pole positions at the Spanish and Italian rounds – was particularly impressive because he came through the Q1 outing to qualify for Q2.
The 23-year-old from Chiba is still searching for his first victory since last July’s Andalusian GP and knows this will be a difficult race, with constant changes of position, lots of slipstreaming and no doubt a super-tight finish.
Both Yuki Kunii (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) and Andi Farid Izdihar (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) were frustrated by slower traffic in today’s crucial practice and qualifying positions. Kunii’s day wasn’t help by a minor tumble this morning. These circumstances put the 18-year-old from Setagaya 25th on the grid
Izdihar rode well in Q1, but his hopes were spoiled when he found slower riders in his way. He will start tomorrow’s race alongside his team-mate on the ninth row.
The Moto3 paddock’s next appointment is the San Marino Grand Prix at Misano next weekend.