2016 Qatar Moto3 Qualifying Result: Last Gasp Pole Grabbed in Dying Minutes

Results and summary of Moto3 qualifying:

Romano Fenati has claimed the first pole position of the 2016 Grand Prix season, after a strategic use of a group ahead of him to gain half a second along Qatar's massive front straight. and snatch pole. The Italian deposed Belgian rider Livio Loi, who had topped the timesheets for much of the session, impressing by setting times completely on his own. Loi will start from second on the grid, the first time he has ever had a front row start, though he will likely be disappointed to miss out on his first Tissot watch for pole.

Brad Binder set the third fastest time, once again working together smoothly with his rookie Dutch teammate Bo Bendsneyder, swapping slipstreams to propel the pair of them to a good time. But Binder will not start from the front row: the Red Bull KTM Ajo riders were both penalized for riding slowly on Friday, and have been shoved back three spots on the grid. 

Binder's loss puts Fabio Quartararo onto the front row of the grid, the Leopard Racing rider setting the fourth fastest time. Jorge Navarro finished in fifth, helping his teammate Aron Canet to sixth, the Estrella Galicia pair also working well together.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 5 Romano Fenati KTM 2'06.131    
2 11 Livio Loi Honda 2'06.178 0.047 0.047
3 41 Brad Binder KTM 2'06.245 0.114 0.067
4 20 Fabio Quartararo KTM 2'06.399 0.268 0.154
5 9 Jorge Navarro Honda 2'06.448 0.317 0.049
6 44 Aron Canet Honda 2'06.462 0.331 0.014
7 23 Niccolò Antonelli Honda 2'06.536 0.405 0.074
8 64 Bo Bendsneyder KTM 2'06.539 0.408 0.003
9 33 Enea Bastianini Honda 2'06.657 0.526 0.118
10 65 Philipp Oettl KTM 2'06.707 0.576 0.050
11 36 Joan Mir KTM 2'06.728 0.597 0.021
12 21 Francesco Bagnaia Mahindra 2'06.733 0.602 0.005
13 8 Nicolo Bulega KTM 2'06.786 0.655 0.053
14 88 Jorge Martin Mahindra 2'06.931 0.800 0.145
15 58 Juanfran Guevara KTM 2'06.939 0.808 0.008
16 84 Jakub Kornfeil Honda 2'06.948 0.817 0.009
17 89 Khairul Idham Pawi Honda 2'06.982 0.851 0.034
18 19 Gabriel Rodrigo KTM 2'06.983 0.852 0.001
19 16 Andrea Migno KTM 2'07.101 0.970 0.118
20 55 Andrea Locatelli KTM 2'07.170 1.039 0.069
21 10 Alexis Masbou Peugeot 2'07.209 1.078 0.039
22 95 Jules Danilo Honda 2'07.220 1.089 0.011
23 98 Karel Hanika Mahindra 2'07.359 1.228 0.139
24 6 Maria Herrera KTM 2'07.371 1.240 0.012
25 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Mahindra 2'07.441 1.310 0.070
26 40 Darryn Binder Mahindra 2'07.558 1.427 0.117
27 7 Adam Norrodin Honda 2'07.582 1.451 0.024
28 4 Fabio Di Giannantonio Honda 2'07.611 1.480 0.029
29 76 Hiroki Ono Honda 2'07.801 1.670 0.190
30 17 John Mcphee Peugeot 2'07.847 1.716 0.046
31 43 Stefano Valtulini Mahindra 2'08.336 2.205 0.489
32 3 Fabio Spiranelli Mahindra 2'10.229 4.098 1.893
33 77 Lorenzo Petrarca Mahindra 2'10.433 4.302 0.204

 

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2016
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