Moto3: Marco Bezzecchi puts Mahindra inside Top 20 in Aragon qualifying
CIP's Marco Bezzecchi was unable to carry his strong practice form into Moto3 qualifying in the Aragon Grand Prix on Saturday.
The Italian showed Top 10 pace in the three practice sessions, but only managed 17th place in the qualifying - but was the lead Mahindra rider.
Behind him in 22nd was Aspar's Lorenzo dalla Porta, who believed the MGP3O has the chassis to challenge for the front positions, but lack of power is huge limiting factor.
"It was a busy day of work. The chassis is going well, which is the important thing, but we have a weak point which is power," said dalla Porta.
"It's a shame because I felt fast, although qualifying here is always difficult with everybody looking for a slipstream.
"I didn't get the best possible lap, as we got in each other's way. In any case, we will start the race with desire and motivation."
It was then the pack of three as Aspar's Albert Arenas in 24th led Peugeot's Jakub Kornfeil and CIP's Manuel Pagliani - the trio separated by a mere 0.113s.
Arenas said his chatter issue in the third practice session hampered his progress and he was forced to start from a scratch in the qualifying.
"In the morning I had a chatter issue with the bike and I couldn't ride at my best. After that setback in the first practice, we had to start from scratch in qualifying," said Arenas.
"We have gathered important information for tomorrow, but it hasn't led to us starting from a better position. In any case, we have been able to improve our lap time.
"We still need to fine tune some details to be up at the front, and I haven't been able to show my potential to the fullest. We were able to salvage qualifying and I'm feeling good, but we have to finish. I will face the race determined."
Meanwhile, Kornfeil rued making a mistake on his best lap, while slipstreaming Joan Mir. His teammate Patrik Pulkkinen was 32nd.