2017 Spielberg Moto3 Qualifying Result: You Wait Ages For A Bus...

... and two come along at once. If you’re Gabriel Rodrigo at least. In dry but not exceedingly warm conditions, the Moto3 class opened the qualifying sessions with Joan Mir in the place we left him in this morning: reigning at the top of the timesheets and it looked like a settled affair. But his pursuers were getting closer and closer as the session progressed and many looked to spoil the Leopard rider’s one-year anniversary since his first pole.

Halfway through the session, the likes of Bendsneyder, Rodrigo or Canet had made Mir’s time quickly tumble and leaving him with quite a challenge before all riders found the shelter of their garages to prepare for a final go.

The final run was done with an eye on the gathering clouds looking teasingly dark and another eye on the lookout for a worthy slipstream. The rain evaded the lightweight class and they were out all guns blazing for a two-lap affair that would light up the timesheets.

With thirty seconds left of the session, Gabriel Rodrigo installed himself on pole position and left his rivals with only one lap do better. Joan Mir looked set to take over top spot but lost out by five hundredths of a second. While Rodrigo would go on to take his second pole in as many weeks, luck would dump Mir in tenth position, after his best time was cancelled for exceeding track limits.

That left a joyous Juanfran Guevara lining up on the front row once again, next to his teammate and ahead of Aron Canet. Canet had a lot of ground to make up after his struggles in FP3 but did so in style and only two tenths of a second off pole. The Spaniard might have briefly upset his teammate but Enea Bastianini brushed it off and still got to the second row of the grid, in fourth.

The Italian will share the second row with John McPhee and Bo Bendsneyder, who looked like a serious contender for top honours for a while.

Andrea Migno got closer to expectations and set himself up on the third row of the grid, ahead of Philipp Oettl and Fabio di Giannantonio. Considering Romano Fenati’s angry gesticulations at his fellow Italian, it’s probably a good thing that Mir will separate the two on the grid, Di Giannantonio ninth and Fenati eleventh.

Jorge Martin seemed downright heroic getting as high as top three in the session but thirteenth place in the end is not that bad either, considering his physical condition. Another pleasant surprise was Jaume Masia, the new boy already showing promise in practice and turning it into a fifth row start, in fourteenth, ahead of the likes of Nicolo Bulega in sixteenth or teammate Marcos Ramirez in twenty-third.

Results:          

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 1'36.503    
2 58 Juanfran GUEVARA KTM 1'36.615 0.112 0.112
3 44 Aron CANET Honda 1'36.690 0.187 0.075
4 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 1'36.716 0.213 0.026
5 17 John MCPHEE Honda 1'36.790 0.287 0.074
6 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER KTM 1'36.793 0.290 0.003
7 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 1'36.811 0.308 0.018
8 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 1'36.955 0.452 0.144
9 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 1'36.967 0.464 0.012
10 36 Joan MIR Honda 1'36.989 0.486 0.022
11 5 Romano FENATI Honda 1'37.006 0.503 0.017
12 11 Livio LOI Honda 1'37.020 0.517 0.014
13 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 1'37.023 0.520 0.003
14 15 Jaume MASIA KTM 1'37.099 0.596 0.076
15 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 1'37.128 0.625 0.029
16 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 1'37.147 0.644 0.019
17 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI KTM 1'37.196 0.693 0.049
18 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 1'37.309 0.806 0.113
19 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Mahindra 1'37.344 0.841 0.035
20 75 Albert ARENAS Mahindra 1'37.348 0.845 0.004
21 95 Jules DANILO Honda 1'37.405 0.902 0.057
22 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 1'37.409 0.906 0.004
23 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 1'37.607 1.104 0.198
24 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 1'37.730 1.227 0.123
25 12 Marco BEZZECCHI Mahindra 1'37.871 1.368 0.141
26 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 1'37.970 1.467 0.099
27 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 1'38.099 1.596 0.129
28 84 Jakub KORNFEIL Peugeot 1'38.108 1.605 0.009
29 6 Maria HERRERA KTM 1'38.131 1.628 0.023
30 96 Manuel PAGLIANI Mahindra 1'38.303 1.800 0.172
31 13 Maximilian KOFLER KTM 1'38.697 2.194 0.394
32 4 Patrik PULKKINEN Peugeot 1'38.816 2.313 0.119
33 18 Gabriel MARTINEZ-ABREGO KTM 1'39.009 2.506 0.193

 

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