2017 Sepang Moto3 QP: A Lap For The Ages

In a historic performance, newly crowned world champion Joan Mir grabbed pole position in the Moto3 qualifying practice Saturday in Sepang with a 2’12.078 that shattered the former record lap by more than three-tenths of a second.

Mir's record, set on his final lap of qualifying , left him three-tenths of a second clear of his closest challenger, Jorge Martin (2nd) who seemed to have pole locked up with a near-record performance of his own. John McPhee made a late fast run to seize the final spot on the front row.

Jack Miller, now in MotoGP, previously held the Moto3 pole record which he set in 2014 with a 2'12.450. Martin, on his second fast lap with 31 minutes left in the session, climbed within seven-thousandth of that time, leaving the rest of the field seemingly fighting for second, at best. And for most of the session, that seemed to be the case with only two riders getting within a second of Martin's lap.

Mir, however, was one of those two, evenutally climbing to within eight-tenths of Martin's push for his ninth pole of the season with less than a minute remaining.  Then with time nearly expired, Mir pushed for a final fast lap, catching slipstreams in two crucial places and breaking the record with no time remaining.

Result:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.
*1 36 Joan MIR Honda 2'12.078    
2 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 2'12.457 0.379 / 0.379
3 17 John MCPHEE Honda 2'12.816 0.738 / 0.359
4 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER KTM 2'13.161 1.083 / 0.345
5 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 2'13.165 1.087 / 0.004
6 95 Jules DANILO Honda 2'13.309 1.231 / 0.144
7 11 Livio LOI Honda 2'13.311 1.233 / 0.002
8 5 Romano FENATI Honda 2'13.363 1.285 / 0.052
9 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 2'13.374 1.296 / 0.011
10 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI KTM 2'13.419 1.341 / 0.045
11 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 2'13.440 1.362 / 0.021
12 44 Aron CANET Honda 2'13.571 1.493 / 0.131
13 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 2'13.594 1.516 / 0.023
14 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 2'13.792 1.714 / 0.198
15 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 2'13.847 1.769 / 0.055
16 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 2'13.864 1.786 / 0.017
17 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 2'13.892 1.814 / 0.028
18 58 Juanfran GUEVARA KTM 2'13.982 1.904 / 0.090
19 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 2'14.071 1.993 / 0.089
20 96 Manuel PAGLIANI Mahindra 2'14.181 2.103 / 0.110
21 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 2'14.249 2.171 / 0.068
22 84 Jakub KORNFEIL Peugeot 2'14.320 2.242 / 0.071
23 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Mahindra 2'14.623 2.545 / 0.303
24 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 2'14.633 2.555 / 0.010
25 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 2'14.787 2.709 / 0.154
26 12 Marco BEZZECCHI Mahindra 2'15.181 3.103 / 0.394
27 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 2'15.214 3.136 / 0.033
28 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 2'15.215 3.137 / 0.001
29 9 Kasma Daniel KASMAYUDIN Honda 2'15.577 3.499 / 0.362
30 4 Patrik PULKKINEN Peugeot 2'15.811 3.733 / 0.234
31 6 Maria HERRERA Mahindra 2'16.786 4.708 / 0.975

* New Sepang lap record.

Round Number: 
17
2017
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