2017 Jerez Moto3 Qualifying Result: The Best Strategy Isn’t Always The Popular One

Twenty-three degrees, blue skies and a good FP3 showing motivated Jorge Martin to go all out mid-session and break the three-year-old pole record on medium tyres. Despite being on the harder rubber, the Spaniard built a gap of six tenths over his challengers. Eventually, he had to concede two tenths to second-placed man, Aron Canet, but Martin will remain favourite to break the unlikely record of no Moto3 rider winning in Jerez from pole position.

The front row will be completed by Romano Fenati, who was there or thereabouts all weekend and will look to build on his COTA success. Nicolo Bulega probably remembered that this time last year he was on pole and managed to find some of that speed to take fourth place on the grid.

An increasingly impressive Marcos Ramirez spent his fast run dicing with the championship leader and got a fifth place out of it, the second row ending with Niccolo Antonelli, who is still chasing a good result this season.

The third row will be shared by Tatsuki Suzuki, Andrea Migno and Joan Mir, whose fastest lap was cancelled for exceeding track limits. Enea Bastianini is struggling yet again down in fourteenth grid position and almost a second down on Martin, but the bigger story was John McPhee, third in the championship standings, qualifying twenty-sixth. He will be hoping to emulate Brad Binder’s performance at the circuit last year, winning after starting last on the grid.

Results:          

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 1'46.004    
2 44 Aron CANET Honda 1'46.441 0.437 0.437
3 5 Romano FENATI Honda 1'46.518 0.514 0.077
4 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 1'46.655 0.651 0.137
5 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 1'46.700 0.696 0.045
6 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI KTM 1'46.757 0.753 0.057
7 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 1'46.788 0.784 0.031
8 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 1'46.835 0.831 0.047
9 36 Joan MIR Honda 1'46.838 0.834 0.003
10 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 1'46.860 0.856 0.022
11 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 1'46.866 0.862 0.006
12 58 Juanfran GUEVARA KTM 1'46.952 0.948 0.086
13 75 Albert ARENAS Mahindra 1'46.966 0.962 0.014
14 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 1'47.000 0.996 0.034
15 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 1'47.061 1.057 0.061
16 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 1'47.090 1.086 0.029
17 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Mahindra 1'47.195 1.191 0.105
18 11 Livio LOI Honda 1'47.308 1.304 0.113
19 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 1'47.329 1.325 0.021
20 63 Vicente PEREZ KTM 1'47.385 1.381 0.056
21 84 Jakub KORNFEIL Peugeot 1'47.386 1.382 0.001
22 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 1'47.394 1.390 0.008
23 6 Maria HERRERA KTM 1'47.436 1.432 0.042
24 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER KTM 1'47.501 1.497 0.065
25 95 Jules DANILO Honda 1'47.506 1.502 0.005
26 17 John MCPHEE Honda 1'47.634 1.630 0.128
27 12 Marco BEZZECCHI Mahindra 1'47.661 1.657 0.027
28 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 1'47.714 1.710 0.053
29 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 1'47.742 1.738 0.028
30 96 Manuel PAGLIANI Mahindra 1'47.760 1.756 0.018
31 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 1'48.545 2.541 0.785
32 31 Raul FERNANDEZ Mahindra 1'48.555 2.551 0.010
33 4 Patrik PULKKINEN Peugeot 1'49.274 3.270 0.719

 

Round Number: 
4
2017
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