2018 Brno Moto3 Qualifying Result: Sleeping Beauty Woke Up Late

Whilst Jorge Martin was getting out of surgery for his fractured left wrist, the vultures were ready to pounce on his championship lead back in Brno and in the early stages, Fabio Di Giannantonio and Aron Canet looked like the prime candidates for pole.

If the session started with predictable protagonists on the timesheets before the calm preceding the storm set in, it ended with a massive blunder from most of the field, who left it extremely late to leave the pits for a final time attack, played cat and mouse looking for a slipstream and saw the checkered flag come out before crossing the line for a flying lap. The few riders who judged it to perfection and were able to actually post a time were led by Jakub Kornfeil, the local boy delighting the stands with his first ever pole position in the class.

John McPhee was hot on the Czech rider’s tail as they crossed the line and ended up second on the grid, four tenths behind the surprise poleman. Marcos Ramirez grabbed an opportunistic but well deserved front row start from third position, while Philipp Oettl missed out on that achievement by two hundredths of a second.

Di Giannantonio had to rely on his early benchmark as he was the first of the bunch to miss out on the final time attack and dropped back to fifth, ahead of Aron Canet, who was in pretty much the same boat. Last year’s poleman and FP3 leader Gabriel Rodrigo dropped to third row following the mishap and will start ahead of Nakarin Atiratphuvapat and Niccolo Antonelli.

Enea Bastianini had to settle for row four, together with Jaume Masia and Kazuki Masaki, while current championship runner-up Marco Bezzecchi will have to battle through from 14th grid position.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 2'07.981    
2 17 John MCPHEE KTM 2'08.400 0.419 0.419
3 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 2'08.426 0.445 0.026
4 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 2'08.445 0.464 0.019
5 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 2'08.473 0.492 0.028
6 44 Aron CANET Honda 2'08.556 0.575 0.083
7 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 2'08.778 0.797 0.222
8 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 2'08.885 0.904 0.107
9 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 2'09.004 1.023 0.119
10 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 2'09.078 1.097 0.074
11 5 Jaume MASIA KTM 2'09.144 1.163 0.066
12 22 Kazuki MASAKI KTM 2'09.159 1.178 0.015
13 10 Dennis FOGGIA KTM 2'09.162 1.181 0.003
14 12 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 2'09.205 1.224 0.043
15 75 Albert ARENAS KTM 2'09.333 1.352 0.128
16 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 2'09.494 1.513 0.161
17 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Honda 2'09.524 1.543 0.030
18 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 2'09.591 1.610 0.067
19 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 2'09.709 1.728 0.118
20 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 2'09.807 1.826 0.098
21 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 2'10.146 2.165 0.339
22 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 2'10.274 2.293 0.128
23 81 Stefano NEPA KTM 2'10.408 2.427 0.134
24 77 Vicente PEREZ KTM 2'10.439 2.458 0.031
25 72 Alonso LOPEZ Honda 2'11.049 3.068 0.610
26 15 Filip SALAC KTM 2'11.119 3.138 0.070
  24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda      
  71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda      
Round Number: 
10
2018
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Comments

Love moto3 races, hate the qualifying. I get that a slipstream is important, but once you're on the track, face forward and ride hard. Penalties need to get stricter (black flag or ride-thru penalty for hanging around?) and maybe even a format change, with queued or metered access to the track.

Conversely, nice to see that the riders who just got on with it at the end were rewarded.