2018 Austria Moto3 Qualifying Result: Of Heros

The first real rodeo of the day gained momentum throughout the session as the damp circuit started to dry and the battle for pole got heated, literally and metaphorically. Aron Canet fired the first shot as he climbed into provisional pole halfway through the session and it looked like Marco Bezzecchi would be his main challenger until the Italian slipped in turn three with 17 minutes left of the battle. While Bezzecchi was licking his wounds, Canet had a comfortable advantage of seven tenths of a second but with the worry of a brave rival trying on softs at last call.

The prediction became reality in the final five minutes when the pace got dramatically hot and it was all going to be a matter of timing and who could cross the line last to make the best of the ever improving conditions. Once again, Bezzecchi recovered fantastically to score his first pole position in the class and start his title lead defence from prime position. Jorge Martin could not let him rest on his laurels too much despite his injury and valiantly climbed into second on the grid, only seven hundredths of a second off pole. Albert Arenas chased his fellow Spaniard on his fastest lap and snatched the last spot available on the front row.

Canet had to make do with fourth, a whooping eight tenths of a second behind pole and with Tony Arbolino close behind. Gabriel Rodrigo was another early casualty of the conditions but the RBA racer recovered to a respectable sixth grid spot, over one second slower than Bezzecchi. Marcos Ramirez is set to open row three, ahead of Philipp Oettl and Enea Bastianini.

Moto3’s most recent victor had an underwhelming qualifying session, Fabio Di Giannantonio only qualifying 16th. Still, his day wasn’t as bad as John McPhee’s, the CIP rider falling twice in turn four with minor damage but enough to stop him from setting a competitive time, which leaves him starting the race last.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 12 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 1'38.617    
2 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 1'38.695 0.078 0.078
3 75 Albert ARENAS KTM 1'39.255 0.638 0.560
4 44 Aron CANET Honda 1'39.500 0.883 0.245
5 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 1'39.548 0.931 0.048
6 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 1'39.876 1.259 0.328
7 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 1'39.901 1.284 0.025
8 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 1'40.022 1.405 0.121
9 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 1'40.125 1.508 0.103
10 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 1'40.295 1.678 0.170
11 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Honda 1'40.406 1.789 0.111
12 5 Jaume MASIA KTM 1'40.420 1.803 0.014
13 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 1'40.494 1.877 0.074
14 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 1'40.496 1.879 0.002
15 10 Dennis FOGGIA KTM 1'40.608 1.991 0.112
16 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 1'40.712 2.095 0.104
17 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 1'40.759 2.142 0.047
18 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 1'40.848 2.231 0.089
19 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 1'40.944 2.327 0.096
20 72 Alonso LOPEZ Honda 1'40.996 2.379 0.052
21 81 Stefano NEPA KTM 1'41.127 2.510 0.131
22 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 1'41.779 3.162 0.652
23 73 Maximilian KOFLER KTM 1'42.171 3.554 0.392
24 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 1'42.362 3.745 0.191
25 22 Kazuki MASAKI KTM 1'42.501 3.884 0.139
26 32 Ai OGURA Honda 1'43.361 4.744 0.860
27 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 1'43.945 5.328 0.584
28 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 1'43.993 5.376 0.048
29 77 Vicente PEREZ KTM 1'45.474 6.857 1.481
  17 John MCPHEE KTM 1'46.150 7.533 0.676
Round Number: 
11
2018
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