2014 Sepang Moto3 QP Result: Masterful Performance In Congested Qualifying

Full Recap and Results Below.

Jack Miller has taken a commanding and decisive pole position during a typically chaotic Moto3 qualifying session at the Sepang circuit. The Australian managed to avoid the farcical levels of traffic and make the most of slipstreams down both the back and front straights to post a blistering time of 2:12.450. Morning pace-setter John McPhee claimed second spot but was almost half a second shy of Miller's pole-setting time which was one and a half seconds quicker than the existing pole record. Jakub Kornfeil continued his strong weekend to date to take third place and round out the front row.

Spaniard Efren Vazquez will head up row two having topped the time sheets midway through the session, he will be joined on the second row by Alex Marquez and Romano Fenati. Championship leader Marquez crashed at turn six with five minutes remaining, he was unable to complete any further laps in the session due to damage to his Honda. Danny Kent recovered from a late low speed crash to post the seventh quickest time on his final lap of the session while Isaac Vinales and Miguel Oliveira will line up along side the Brit on row three for tomorrow's race. 

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Prev
1 8 Jack MILLER KTM 2'12.450    
2 17 John MCPHEE Honda 2'12.909 0.459 0.459
3 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 2'13.016 0.566 0.107
4 7 Efren VAZQUEZ Honda 2'13.040 0.590 0.024
5 12 Alex MARQUEZ Honda 2'13.315 0.865 0.275
6 5 Romano FENATI KTM 2'13.434 0.984 0.119
7 52 Danny KENT Husqvarna 2'13.529 1.079 0.095
8 32 Isaac VIÑALES KTM 2'13.556 1.106 0.027
9 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA Mahindra 2'13.679 1.229 0.123
10 33 Enea BASTIANINI KTM 2'13.709 1.259 0.030
11 10 Alexis MASBOU Honda 2'13.822 1.372 0.113
12 98 Karel HANIKA KTM 2'13.884 1.434 0.062
13 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI KTM 2'13.990 1.540 0.106
14 31 Niklas AJO Husqvarna 2'14.155 1.705 0.165
15 21 Francesco BAGNAIA KTM 2'14.290 1.840 0.135
16 38 Hafiq AZMI KTM 2'14.413 1.963 0.123
17 42 Alex RINS Honda 2'14.444 1.994 0.031
18 16 Andrea MIGNO Mahindra 2'14.796 2.346 0.352
19 58 Juanfran GUEVARA Kalex KTM 2'14.799 2.349 0.003
20 99 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex KTM 2'15.277 2.827 0.478
21 93 Ramdan ROSLI KTM 2'15.455 3.005 0.178
22 63 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN Honda 2'15.498 3.048 0.043
23 3 Matteo FERRARI Mahindra 2'15.509 3.059 0.011
24 43 Luca GRÜNWALD Kalex KTM 2'15.595 3.145 0.086
25 41 Brad BINDER Mahindra 2'15.619 3.169 0.024
26 95 Jules DANILO Mahindra 2'15.656 3.206 0.037
27 55 Andrea LOCATELLI Mahindra 2'15.750 3.300 0.094
28 19 Alessandro TONUCCI Mahindra 2'15.828 3.378 0.078
29 2 Remy GARDNER KTM 2'15.875 3.425 0.047
30 65 Philipp OETTL Kalex KTM 2'16.057 3.607 0.182
31 88 Hafiza ROFA KTM 2'16.104 3.654 0.047
32 13 Jasper IWEMA Mahindra 2'16.253 3.803 0.149
33 9 Scott DEROUE Kalex KTM 2'16.326 3.876 0.073
34 4 Gabriel RAMOS Kalex KTM 2'16.929 4.479 0.603

 

Round Number: 
17
2014
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Comments

It's true that riders make their own luck to a large extent, but Marquez must have really avoided black cats and broken mirrors in the second half of this season. First his coming together with Miller at Aragon while battling for the lead puts Jack instantly out of the race while he goes on to win. Just a racing incident sure but for it to play out like that worked out well for Marquez. Then at Phillip Island Jack wins the race but Alex squeezes second by thousandths of a second and only loses 5 points. Now Alex crashes in qualifying and ends up nearly a second of pole, but due to so many riders tripping over each other in the last minutes he's still on the second row. Plus the Honda has some extra grunt this season which is really helping Alex out in some these wild Moto3 brawls.

I can't think of a good way to prevent the idiotic practice, but it really has to stop before someone gets hurt or killed because of it.

I can think of several very bad ways to prevent the practice, just not good, enforceable ways...

Moto3 riders increasingly seem to suffer collective brain fade. What a ridiculous qualifying that was, even more so than at Phillip Island. They were doing a sur-place on the fastest part of the track, for crying out loud. Some were even crossing the track at walking speed.
If this is because the lightest GP class has been turned into a learner class for children with scooter engines, then maybe it's time to at least reconsider the age limit.