2014 Phillip Island Moto3 QP Result: Pole Decided By The Narrowest Of Margins

Full Recap and Results below.

Alex Marquez has claimed pole position for the Australian Moto3 Grand Prix at Phillip Island; the Championship leader managed to avoid track congestion as large groups of riders postured for position in an attempt to gain a slipstream advantage and post a pole record time of 1:36.050 - some eight tenths quicker than the existing benchmark. His team mate Alex Rins claimed second spot a meager fourteen hundredths of a second behind, he in turn edged out Juanfran Guevara who made it three Spaniards on the front row.

Danny Kent will head up row two and will be joined by fellow Brit John McPhee and morning pace-setter Efren Vazquez. Jasper Iwema continued his impressive weekend form to take seventh position on the grid ahead of home town hero Jack Miller. Miller was left frustrated by other riders trailing behind him, even a run through the pit lane wasn't enough to deter riders desperate for a tow. He let the frustration get the better of him and it cost him a shot at the front row. Alexis Masbou had a couple of excursions off track during the session but managed to recover to round out row three in ninth.

Italian rider Romano Fenati claimed the first spot on the fourth row in tenth ahead of recently permanent Moto3 rider Jorge Navarro and customer Mahindra rider Brad Binder. Binder did well to overcome an issue with a broken quick shifter and claim twelfth. Niklas Ajo had a big crash at turn one at the halfway stage of the session, he was able to walk away gingerly but he was unable to complete any further laps and qualified in 19th. Eric Granado had a nasty high side with ten minutes remaining in the session, he was carried away on a stretcher after previously breaking his finger in the mornings FP3.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Prev
1 12 Alex MARQUEZ Honda 1'36.050    
2 42 Alex RINS Honda 1'36.064 0.014 0.014
3 58 Juanfran GUEVARA Kalex KTM 1'36.389 0.339 0.325
4 52 Danny KENT Husqvarna 1'36.419 0.369 0.030
5 17 John MCPHEE Honda 1'36.521 0.471 0.102
6 7 Efren VAZQUEZ Honda 1'36.572 0.522 0.051
7 13 Jasper IWEMA Mahindra 1'36.640 0.590 0.068
8 8 Jack MILLER KTM 1'36.672 0.622 0.032
9 10 Alexis MASBOU Honda 1'36.688 0.638 0.016
10 5 Romano FENATI KTM 1'36.692 0.642 0.004
11 99 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex KTM 1'36.753 0.703 0.061
12 41 Brad BINDER Mahindra 1'36.766 0.716 0.013
13 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI KTM 1'36.771 0.721 0.005
14 32 Isaac VIÑALES KTM 1'36.773 0.723 0.002
15 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA Mahindra 1'36.865 0.815 0.092
16 19 Alessandro TONUCCI Mahindra 1'36.898 0.848 0.033
17 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 1'36.953 0.903 0.055
18 98 Karel HANIKA KTM 1'37.158 1.108 0.205
19 31 Niklas AJO Husqvarna 1'37.201 1.151 0.043
20 33 Enea BASTIANINI KTM 1'37.203 1.153 0.002
21 43 Luca GRÜNWALD Kalex KTM 1'37.228 1.178 0.025
22 38 Hafiq AZMI KTM 1'37.285 1.235 0.057
23 55 Andrea LOCATELLI Mahindra 1'37.440 1.390 0.155
24 2 Remy GARDNER KTM 1'37.472 1.422 0.032
25 63 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN Honda 1'37.614 1.564 0.142
26 16 Andrea MIGNO Mahindra 1'37.699 1.649 0.085
27 21 Francesco BAGNAIA KTM 1'37.729 1.679 0.030
28 57 Eric GRANADO KTM 1'38.017 1.967 0.288
29 9 Scott DEROUE Kalex KTM 1'38.026 1.976 0.009
30 65 Philipp OETTL Kalex KTM 1'38.467 2.417 0.441
31 3 Matteo FERRARI Mahindra 1'38.707 2.657 0.240
32 95 Jules DANILO Mahindra 1'38.852 2.802 0.145
33 45 Olly SIMPSON KTM 1'38.993 2.943 0.141
34 4 Gabriel RAMOS Kalex KTM 1'39.047 2.997 0.054

 

Round Number: 
16
2014
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Comments

Can someone please explain Miller's childish antics? Alex was deep in a pack, with a few minutes remaining, and managed to keep his head down and go slightly faster. Does Miller expect everyone to move aside? He needs to grow up. Im sure his behavior will be well recieved in MGP.