2014 Brno Moto3 QP Result: Weather Disrupts Red Flagged Session

The Moto3 QP session was held under mutable weather and a red flag that fell at the worst time, with ten minutes left as the weather cleared. When the track reopened, the optimal conditions could had left.

As the rain flags warned riders of the conditions, banking a decent time before the rain came became a priority, and as riders tried to exploit what little time they had left, others slowed down, causing traffic for the faster riders. This meant Alex Marquez took an off-track excursion instead of riding into slower riders, crashing out as he misjudged where the track ended and the gras started, luckily after banking what was the second quickest time of the session at that point.

Jack Miller dealt with catching a slowing bunch differently, gesticulating petulantly as he wove through them, fixating on Francesco Bagnaia and giving him a healthy shove on his arm in what will likely be another penalty for the Australian.

With just under ten minutes left, just as the weather settled back to ideal qualifying conditions, Philipp Oettl's bike, sans rider, hit an inflated barrier, deflating it and summoning instant red flags for safety. Frustration set in as all the riders returned to their garages.

As it turned out, the rain that threatened after the flag didn't arrive, and the delayed session allowed the Estrella Galacia 0,0 team to get Alex Marquez's Honda ready for the restart. As soon as everyone hit the track, the pace increased drastically and Marquez took the pole position with a 2'07.691 lap with Isaac Vinales and Niccolò Antonelli filling the last two spots on the front row with KTMs.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 12 Alex MARQUEZ Honda 2'07.691    
2 32 Isaac VIÑALES KTM 2'07.914 0.223 0.223
3 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI KTM 2'08.006 0.315 0.092
4 42 Alex RINS Honda 2'08.051 0.360 0.045
5 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA Mahindra 2'08.095 0.404 0.044
6 8 Jack MILLER KTM 2'08.122 0.431 0.027
7 10 Alexis MASBOU Honda 2'08.210 0.519 0.088
8 7 Efren VAZQUEZ Honda 2'08.337 0.646 0.127
9 33 Enea BASTIANINI KTM 2'08.396 0.705 0.059
10 5 Romano FENATI KTM 2'08.461 0.770 0.065
11 17 John MCPHEE Honda 2'08.542 0.851 0.081
12 52 Danny KENT Husqvarna 2'08.560 0.869 0.018
13 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 2'08.649 0.958 0.089
14 41 Brad BINDER Mahindra 2'08.714 1.023 0.065
15 19 Alessandro TONUCCI Mahindra 2'08.771 1.080 0.057
16 31 Niklas AJO Husqvarna 2'08.791 1.100 0.020
17 98 Karel HANIKA KTM 2'08.861 1.170 0.070
18 58 Juanfran GUEVARA Kalex KTM 2'08.925 1.234 0.064
19 99 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex KTM 2'09.004 1.313 0.079
20 21 Francesco BAGNAIA KTM 2'09.127 1.436 0.123
21 57 Eric GRANADO KTM 2'09.306 1.615 0.179
22 63 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN Honda 2'09.435 1.744 0.129
23 55 Andrea LOCATELLI Mahindra 2'09.457 1.766 0.022
24 38 Hafiq AZMI KTM 2'09.493 1.802 0.036
25 9 Scott DEROUE Kalex KTM 2'09.498 1.807 0.005
26 3 Matteo FERRARI Mahindra 2'09.681 1.990 0.183
27 91 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 2'09.773 2.082 0.092
28 43 Luca GRÜNWALD Kalex KTM 2'09.776 2.085 0.003
29 95 Jules DANILO Mahindra 2'09.780 2.089 0.004
30 51 Bryan SCHOUTEN Mahindra 2'09.953 2.262 0.173
31 61 Arthur SISSIS Mahindra 2'10.063 2.372 0.110
32 65 Philipp OETTL Kalex KTM 2'10.436 2.745 0.373
33 22 Ana CARRASCO Kalex KTM 2'11.946 4.255 1.510
34 4 Gabriel RAMOS Kalex KTM 2'12.814 5.123 0.868

 

Race Details
Round Number: 
11
2014

Comments

There is nothing more irritating

than Moto3 qualifying antics. Some guys are cruising waiting for tows while others are trying to put fast laps in. It's dangerous and ridiculous.

They should split the pack. Two 15 minute sessions. One for the 15 fastest riders from combined friday times, another for the rest. Rider from top 15 group guaranteed top 15 grid slots. Bang boom, no time for cruising and getting in the way of others. Smaller risk of journeymen doing nothing but being mobile chincanes.

Total votes: 5

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