2017 Sachsenring Moto3 Qualifying Result: Never Too Late For A Surprise

The prospect of rain prompted all riders to push hard on the softer option tyre from the start of the session to make the most of every minute of dry track time. Some did that better than others but after a mid-session shower, they all got another shot at pole.

Tony Arbolino threw an early surprise, the Italian helping himself to a slipstream from Marcos Ramirez to take provisional pole. He held position until Nicolo Bulega went red with twenty minutes to go, but neither Italian could hold back the championship leader, Joan Mir becoming the first rider to drop into the 1:26s in the final third of the session, just as some discrete drops of rain started appearing.

The rain flags were out decisively in the final thirteen minutes, riders called back into their garages to wait for an improved forecast. The rain did not last long and the KTM squad was forced to be one of the first teams to test the conditions, as their riders failed to show their full potential on the first run.

Mir did not appear to keen to get back out and waited patiently in his chair to see whether track conditions allowed significant improvements. The Spaniard took the gamble and lost, Aron Canet beating his time by over two tenths of a second to grab a well-deserved pole position. Mir missed out but will start second, from the front row of the grid, which the Spaniards will share with Nicolo Bulega in third.

Canet’s achievement pushed Marcos Ramirez to the second row of the grid, while Arbolino’s early lap was still good enough for fifth grid position. The second row of the grid was completed by a gesticulating Romano Fenati, the Italian apparently struggling throughout the session but was brought back into contention by a late fast lap.

Philipp Oettl, Bo Bendsneyder and Enea Bastianini claimed third row on the grid, ahead of John McPhee, Juanfran Guevara and Tatsuki Suzuki.

While qualifying sixteenth, Danny Kent is carrying a penalty of 12 grid positions from Friday, same as Maria Herrera in twenty-ninth place.

The big absentee of the qualifying session was Jorge Martin, the poleman for the last handful of races, the Spaniard out of the German GP after fracturing his right ankle in a heavy crash in Friday practice.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 44 Aron CANET Honda 1'26.688    
2 36 Joan MIR Honda 1'26.933 0.245 0.245
3 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 1'26.981 0.293 0.048
4 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 1'27.186 0.498 0.205
5 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 1'27.228 0.540 0.042
6 5 Romano FENATI Honda 1'27.254 0.566 0.026
7 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 1'27.284 0.596 0.030
8 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER KTM 1'27.297 0.609 0.013
9 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 1'27.307 0.619 0.010
10 17 John MCPHEE Honda 1'27.414 0.726 0.107
11 58 Juanfran GUEVARA KTM 1'27.450 0.762 0.036
12 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 1'27.466 0.778 0.016
13 11 Livio LOI Honda 1'27.505 0.817 0.039
14 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 1'27.515 0.827 0.010
15 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 1'27.528 0.840 0.013
16 52 Danny KENT KTM 1'27.539 0.851 0.011
17 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 1'27.581 0.893 0.042
18 12 Marco BEZZECCHI Mahindra 1'27.636 0.948 0.055
19 84 Jakub KORNFEIL Peugeot 1'27.680 0.992 0.044
20 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 1'27.731 1.043 0.051
21 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 1'27.781 1.093 0.050
22 96 Manuel PAGLIANI Mahindra 1'27.782 1.094 0.001
23 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 1'27.824 1.136 0.042
24 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Mahindra 1'27.899 1.211 0.075
25 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 1'27.944 1.256 0.045
26 95 Jules DANILO Honda 1'28.071 1.383 0.127
27 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 1'28.113 1.425 0.042
28 31 Raul FERNANDEZ Mahindra 1'28.134 1.446 0.021
29 6 Maria HERRERA KTM 1'28.266 1.578 0.132
30 4 Patrik PULKKINEN Peugeot 1'28.806 2.118 0.540
31 77 Tim GEORGI KTM 1'29.296 2.608 0.490

 

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