2014 Motegi Moto3 QP Result: Dominant Performance, Surprise Front Row

Full Recap and Results below:

Danny Kent has continued his love affair with the Motegi circuit and taken a dominant pole position following Moto3 Qualifying. The on-form Briton made the most of near perfect conditions to put in a succession of quick lap times in the closing minutes and finish the session over three tenths clear of the surprise pairing of Niccolo Antonelli and John McPhee, who complete the front row.

Mahindra rider Miguel Oliveira was at the top of the time sheets for a large portion of the session but had to settle for fourth spot in the end ahead of Jack Miller. Miller had an ugly high side on the exit of turn five early in proceedings, his KTM clobbered him several times on the way through. Luckily he was able to get to his feet and ride the bike back to the pit lane for repairs, ultimately the Australian showed great resilience to respond and claim fifth while fellow KTM rider Isaac Vinales rounded out the second row.

Championship leader Alex Marquez had a difficult session and had to be satisfied with seventh position, he edged out Brad Binder and his Estrella Galicia team mate Alex Rins, who was another of the Championship contenders to come to grief, crashing in the opening stages. Juanfran Guevara, Niklas Ajo and Alessandro Tonucci will comprise the make up of the fourth row while Championship combatants Efren Vazquez and Romano Fenati had to settle for 14th and 17th places respectively.  

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Prev
1 52 Danny KENT Husqvarna 1'56.555    
2 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI KTM 1'56.899 0.344 0.344
3 17 John MCPHEE Honda 1'56.907 0.352 0.008
4 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA Mahindra 1'57.049 0.494 0.142
5 8 Jack MILLER KTM 1'57.081 0.526 0.032
6 32 Isaac VIÑALES KTM 1'57.100 0.545 0.019
7 12 Alex MARQUEZ Honda 1'57.114 0.559 0.014
8 41 Brad BINDER Mahindra 1'57.170 0.615 0.056
9 42 Alex RINS Honda 1'57.212 0.657 0.042
10 58 Juanfran GUEVARA Kalex KTM 1'57.230 0.675 0.018
11 31 Niklas AJO Husqvarna 1'57.234 0.679 0.004
12 19 Alessandro TONUCCI Mahindra 1'57.374 0.819 0.140
13 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 1'57.429 0.874 0.055
14 7 Efren VAZQUEZ Honda 1'57.479 0.924 0.050
15 33 Enea BASTIANINI KTM 1'57.533 0.978 0.054
16 99 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex KTM 1'57.743 1.188 0.210
17 5 Romano FENATI KTM 1'57.849 1.294 0.106
18 21 Francesco BAGNAIA KTM 1'57.911 1.356 0.062
19 63 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN Honda 1'57.967 1.412 0.056
20 10 Alexis MASBOU Honda 1'57.967 1.412 0.000
21 57 Eric GRANADO KTM 1'58.121 1.566 0.154
22 16 Andrea MIGNO Mahindra 1'58.149 1.594 0.028
23 98 Karel HANIKA KTM 1'58.184 1.629 0.035
24 3 Matteo FERRARI Mahindra 1'58.246 1.691 0.062
25 43 Luca GRÜNWALD Kalex KTM 1'58.252 1.697 0.006
26 83 Hikari OKUBO Honda 1'58.364 1.809 0.112
27 95 Jules DANILO Mahindra 1'58.674 2.119 0.310
28 13 Jasper IWEMA Mahindra 1'58.676 2.121 0.002
29 38 Hafiq AZMI KTM 1'59.032 2.477 0.356
30 9 Scott DEROUE Kalex KTM 1'59.289 2.734 0.257
31 81 Sena YAMADA Honda 1'59.361 2.806 0.072
32 55 Andrea LOCATELLI Mahindra 1'59.478 2.923 0.117
33 65 Philipp OETTL Kalex KTM 1'59.890 3.335 0.412
34 4 Gabriel RAMOS Kalex KTM 2'00.257 3.702 0.367

 

Round Number: 
15
2014
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Comments

Interesting session. Well done Kent, Antonelli and McPhee! Kudos also to Miller considering what could have been a nasty outcome.