Kornfeil suffers unlucky crash in the qualifying
His home race didn´t bring any luck to local hero Jakub Kornfeil today. After a collision in the first lap the experienced Czech has to start his race from 24th position tomorrow. Patrik Pulkkinen finished his qualifying as 31st.
After the rain intermezzo yesterday the heat wave returned to the Automotodrom Brno on this Saturday. Under the Czech sun the riders of Peugeot Motocycles SAXOPRINT Kornfeil and Pulkkinen could go much faster lap times in the third Free Practice and move up to 17th and 29th position, respectively.
Instead of building on this improvement Kornfeil received a setback right at the beginning of the qualifying. A collision with another rider took the local hero out in his first lap – luckily he walked away unhurt. The bike on the other side was quite damaged so his crew had a lot of work to do to get the bike working again. Having only five minutes left and therefor only enough time for one last lap the experienced Czech couldn´t accomplish much more and has to settle for 24th position in tomorrow´s race.
Team mate Pulkkinen on the other side could make use of his qualifying session without any interruptions and could show some improvements compared to yesterday´s trainings. However the young Fin couldn´t fully meet the teams expectations in the end. With a personal best of 2:11.450 in lap seven he finished 31st in the end and will therefor start his race from 11th row tomorrow.
As always the “Monster Energy Grand Prix České Republiky” will be held on Sunday at 11am local time.
Qualifying Times Moto3TM
1. G. Rodrigo | ARG | KTM | 2:08.571
2. R. Fenati | ITA | HONDA | 2:08.721 (+ 0.150)
3. J. Guevara | SPA | KTM | 2:08.874 (+ 0.303)
24. J. KORNFEIL | CZE | PEUGEOT | 2:10.168 (+ 1.597)
31. P. PULKKINEN | FIN | PEUGEOT | 2:11.450 (+ 2.879)
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