2016 Mugello Moto3 Qualifying Result: Winning the Waiting Game

Romano Fenati has taken pole for the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello, winning a masterful game of chicken at the end of qualifying. Fenati was strong throughout the session, taking the lead early on, and improving as the session headed toward the close.

In the last ten minutes of QP, a waiting game began, with riders all looking at each other, waiting to exit the pit lane with the fastest riders. The fastest riders spent the final few minutes all looking at each other, not wanting to act as the hare to pull other riders to a fast time. With five minutes to go, riders started heading out, too late to make a concerted attack on pole.

Brad Binder, in second at the time, got to the head of one group, but was not going fast enough to help anyone improve. Just behind Binder, the chasing group benefited, with Andrea Migno, Nicolo Bulega, Khairul Idham Pawi and Pecco Bagnaia all improving their times. Migno leapfrogged Binder into second, with Bagnaia initially in third, until the Mahindra man was demoted down to eighth for cutting a corner on a flying lap. That put Pawi onto the front row, with Binder knocked back to fourth, ahead of Jorge Navarro and Enea Bastianini.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 5 Romano Fenati KTM 1'57.289    
2 16 Andrea Migno KTM 1'57.586 0.297 0.297
3 89 Khairul Idham Pawi Honda 1'57.605 0.316 0.019
4 41 Brad Binder KTM 1'57.661 0.372 0.056
5 9 Jorge Navarro Honda 1'57.956 0.667 0.295
6 33 Enea Bastianini Honda 1'57.994 0.705 0.038
7 8 Nicolo Bulega KTM 1'58.013 0.724 0.019
8 21 Francesco Bagnaia Mahindra 1'58.049 0.760 0.036
9 44 Aron Canet Honda 1'58.123 0.834 0.074
10 36 Joan Mir KTM 1'58.151 0.862 0.028
11 76 Hiroki Ono Honda 1'58.152 0.863 0.001
12 4 Fabio Di Giannantonio Honda 1'58.228 0.939 0.076
13 64 Bo Bendsneyder KTM 1'58.305 1.016 0.077
14 48 Lorenzo Dalla Porta KTM 1'58.343 1.054 0.038
15 88 Jorge Martin Mahindra 1'58.344 1.055 0.001
16 84 Jakub Kornfeil Honda 1'58.375 1.086 0.031
17 55 Andrea Locatelli KTM 1'58.426 1.137 0.051
18 20 Fabio Quartararo KTM 1'58.486 1.197 0.060
19 98 Karel Hanika Mahindra 1'58.494 1.205 0.008
20 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Mahindra 1'58.520 1.231 0.026
21 19 Gabriel Rodrigo KTM 1'58.577 1.288 0.057
22 23 Niccolò Antonelli Honda 1'58.606 1.317 0.029
23 11 Livio Loi Honda 1'58.676 1.387 0.070
24 40 Darryn Binder Mahindra 1'58.745 1.456 0.069
25 95 Jules Danilo Honda 1'58.763 1.474 0.018
26 58 Juanfran Guevara KTM 1'58.767 1.478 0.004
27 10 Alexis Masbou Peugeot 1'58.931 1.642 0.164
28 17 John Mcphee Peugeot 1'59.041 1.752 0.110
29 6 Maria Herrera KTM 1'59.260 1.971 0.219
30 43 Stefano Valtulini Mahindra 1'59.448 2.159 0.188
31 7 Adam Norrodin Honda 1'59.453 2.164 0.005
32 3 Fabio Spiranelli Mahindra 2'00.482 3.193 1.029
33 77 Lorenzo Petrarca Mahindra 2'00.570 3.281 0.088

 

Round Number: 
6
2016
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