2015 Motegi Moto3 Qualifying Result: Old Habits Die Hard

Results and summary of qualifying for the Moto3 class:

Romano Fenati has broken the bad habit which has plagued his Grand Prix career, by taking his first ever pole position. The Italian found some pace as the second half of qualifying began, putting in a flying lap to break Danny Kent's pole record from last year. Fenati got his fast lap in at the right time, as he went out for his final run, he lost the front at Turn 5. Miguel Oliveira charged his way to 2nd late in the session, while Jorge Navarro, fresh off his first podium in Moto3 at Aragon, made his way up to 3rd.

Niccolo Antonelli, the man who had dominated free practice, suffered an identical crash to Fenati at Turn 5 at the end of the session, and lost his chance of improving his time. He heads up the second row of the grid in 4th, just ahead of the two men vying for the 2015 Moto3 title. Enea Bastianini was the faster of the title pair, ending the session in 5th, just ahead of championship leader Danny Kent. Kent found some improvement today, after struggling on Friday. Kent is off the front row for the first time since Assen.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 5 Romano Fenati KTM 1'56.484    
2 44 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'56.657 0.173 0.173
3 9 Jorge Navarro Honda 1'56.720 0.236 0.063
4 23 Niccolò Antonelli Honda 1'56.887 0.403 0.167
5 33 Enea Bastianini Honda 1'56.927 0.443 0.040
6 52 Danny Kent Honda 1'56.998 0.514 0.071
7 32 Isaac Viñales KTM 1'57.017 0.533 0.019
8 84 Jakub Kornfeil KTM 1'57.089 0.605 0.072
9 11 Livio Loi Honda 1'57.092 0.608 0.003
10 41 Brad Binder KTM 1'57.147 0.663 0.055
11 21 Francesco Bagnaia Mahindra 1'57.191 0.707 0.044
12 76 Hiroki Ono Honda 1'57.192 0.708 0.001
13 65 Philipp Oettl KTM 1'57.288 0.804 0.096
14 58 Juanfran Guevara Mahindra 1'57.525 1.041 0.237
15 63 Zulfahmi Khairuddin KTM 1'57.585 1.101 0.060
16 48 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Husqvarna 1'57.635 1.151 0.050
17 16 Andrea Migno KTM 1'57.659 1.175 0.024
18 96 Manuel Pagliani Mahindra 1'57.687 1.203 0.028
19 10 Alexis Masbou Honda 1'57.694 1.210 0.007
20 98 Karel Hanika KTM 1'57.715 1.231 0.021
21 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Mahindra 1'57.732 1.248 0.017
22 29 Stefano Manzi Mahindra 1'57.772 1.288 0.040
23 88 Jorge Martin Mahindra 1'57.812 1.328 0.040
24 17 John Mcphee Honda 1'57.968 1.484 0.156
25 91 Gabriel Rodrigo KTM 1'57.990 1.506 0.022
26 6 Maria Herrera Husqvarna 1'57.993 1.509 0.003
27 7 Efren Vazquez Honda 1'58.002 1.518 0.009
28 95 Jules Danilo Honda 1'58.039 1.555 0.037
29 20 Fabio Quartararo Honda 1'58.153 1.669 0.114
30 2 Remy Gardner Mahindra 1'58.388 1.904 0.235
31 40 Darryn Binder Mahindra 1'58.603 2.119 0.215
32 19 Alessandro Tonucci Mahindra 1'58.965 2.481 0.362
33 34 Ryo Mizuno Honda 1'59.282 2.798 0.317
34 22 Ana Carrasco KTM 1'59.308 2.824 0.026
35 55 Andrea Locatelli Honda 1'59.889 3.405 0.581
36 27 Keisuke Kurihara Honda 2'00.389 3.905 0.500
Round Number: 
15
2015
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