2014 Barcelona Moto3 Qualifying Result: Pole Record Smashed And Order Shaken Up

Results and summary below:

Alex Marquez has claimed the first pole of his career by posting a devastating lap of the Montmelo circuit, smashing the pole record held by Luis Salom and his own best lap set this morning. Marquez was quick from early on, but his late lap destroyed the competition, putting over six tenths of a second on the rest of the field. 

Enea Bastianini will start from 2nd on the grid, an impressive start for the rookie, and following from a very strong performance at Mugello, where he raced at the front until the last lap, when he was taken out in a crash caused by Jack Miller. Alex Rins puts the second Estrella Galicia Honda on the front row, despite suffering a major highside in qualifying. Rins walked away from the crash, but later went to the medical center for a check up, where he was found to have some major bruising. Brad Binder heads up the second row, ahead of Niklas Ajo and Isaac Vinales.

It was not such a good day for the championship leaders, with Jack Miller only managing to qualify in 9th, and the hero of Mugello Romano Fenati stuck down in 16th.

Results:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 12 Alex Marquez Honda 1'50.232    
2 33 Enea Bastianini KTM 1'50.850 0.618 0.618
3 42 Alex Rins Honda 1'50.912 0.680 0.062
4 41 Brad Binder Mahindra 1'51.024 0.792 0.112
5 31 Niklas Ajo Husqvarna 1'51.308 1.076 0.284
6 32 Isaac Viñales KTM 1'51.360 1.128 0.052
7 44 Miguel Oliveira Mahindra 1'51.456 1.224 0.096
8 7 Efren Vazquez Honda 1'51.471 1.239 0.015
9 8 Jack Miller KTM 1'51.481 1.249 0.010
10 17 John Mcphee Honda 1'51.499 1.267 0.018
11 84 Jakub Kornfeil KTM 1'51.667 1.435 0.168
12 23 Niccolò Antonelli KTM 1'51.693 1.461 0.026
13 58 Juanfran Guevara Kalex KTM 1'51.693 1.461 0.000
14 19 Alessandro Tonucci Mahindra 1'51.704 1.472 0.011
15 98 Karel Hanika KTM 1'51.812 1.580 0.108
16 5 Romano Fenati KTM 1'51.848 1.616 0.036
17 10 Alexis Masbou Honda 1'52.131 1.899 0.283
18 63 Zulfahmi Khairuddin Honda 1'52.227 1.995 0.096
19 52 Danny Kent Husqvarna 1'52.251 2.019 0.024
20 21 Francesco Bagnaia KTM 1'52.363 2.131 0.112
21 38 Hafiq Azmi KTM 1'52.439 2.207 0.076
22 3 Matteo Ferrari Mahindra 1'52.463 2.231 0.024
23 11 Livio Loi Kalex KTM 1'52.614 2.382 0.151
24 6 Maria Herrera Honda 1'52.712 2.480 0.098
25 43 Luca Grünwald Kalex KTM 1'52.909 2.677 0.197
26 57 Eric Granado KTM 1'52.911 2.679 0.002
27 61 Arthur Sissis Mahindra 1'52.934 2.702 0.023
28 9 Scott Deroue Kalex KTM 1'53.130 2.898 0.196
29 51 Bryan Schouten Mahindra 1'53.263 3.031 0.133
30 65 Philipp Oettl Kalex KTM 1'53.266 3.034 0.003
31 55 Andrea Locatelli Mahindra 1'53.504 3.272 0.238
32 95 Jules Danilo Mahindra 1'53.912 3.680 0.408
33 4 Gabriel Ramos Kalex KTM 1'53.915 3.683 0.003
34 91 Gabriel Rodrigo KTM 1'54.070 3.838 0.155
35 22 Ana Carrasco Kalex KTM 1'54.369 4.137 0.299

 

Round Number: 
7
2014
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Comments

In Moto3 with young Marquez, has been consistently faster than anyone at Barcelona.. Eleven laps at 1:51 or better in FP3 is impressive.

BUT, he poses little threat to Kiwi passport holder Jack Miller’s championship lead. Miller’s closest title rival is Romano Fenetti and the Italian was consistently slow (like Miller).

Rins and Vazquez are likely to close the points gap to Miller unless the New Zealand passport holder can pick up the pace, with Vazquez the most likely to do best of those two.

So, we should see Miller continue to lead the title chase post-Barcelona, but with the 3rd, 4th and 5th place men in points closing up to Fenetti.

But that’s just my opinion. Miller may produce a Marco Melandri like performance on race day.

Somehow I doubt that though.