2018 Silverstone Moto3 Qualifying Result: Part Luck, Part Timing

The clouds that threatened the final practice session had scattered by the time the lightweight class started to fight for pole position but the gift was short-lived and the men who failed to show their hand from the off were in a hurry to make up for it as rain flags appeared halfway through qualifying. Fabio Di Giannantonio enjoyed the early conditions the most to lead the way with the first somewhat modest benchmark of the session and looked secure in pole position as the final 20 minutes looked lost to the rain. His luck turned as the watershed stopped in the final couple of minutes and the surface dried exceptionally quick, allowing them all one more shot at pole.

It all came down to one final flying lap in a massive group that was linking red sectors as the checkered flag waved. The ultimate winner was, once again, Jorge Martin, the Spaniard unstoppable over one lap and earning his 16th Tissot watch. Jaume Masia missed out on pole position by a painful thousandth of a second and will start the race from the middle of the first row. Lorenzo Dalla Porta was also in the mix right to the end and scored his first front row start from third grid position and only two hundredths of a second slower than Martin.

Albert Arenas was best of the rest in fourth, while Di Giannantonio failed to improve in the final run and dropped to an ultimately disappointing fifth spot. Tatsuki Suzuki completed row two, half a second off pole. Gabriel Rodrigo was on provisional front row before the final charge but the RBA rider was the first victim of the drying track and could not improve on seventh place, being joined on two three by the Italian duo of Enea Bastianini and Nicolo Bulega.

After a good showing in practice, Marcos Ramirez opens row four, ahead of championship leader Marco Bezzecchi, the Italian looking like a threat for pole until he tipped over in turn nine as he was mounting one final attack. Niccolo Antonelli narrowly escaped injury after an incident during the rain flags and recovered to finish 12th.

If Di Giannantonio’s position was down to his failure to improve and Bezzecchi’s to a late mistake, Aron Canet had even more reason to be upset. The Spaniard missed out on the final shootout as he opted to scrub off a set of rain tyres instead, with tomorrow’s race forecast in mind and he dropped from fourth all the way into 13th grid position, ahead of a pretty anonymous Philipp Oettl.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 2'13.292    
2 5 Jaume MASIA KTM 2'13.293 0.001 0.001
3 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Honda 2'13.313 0.021 0.020
4 75 Albert ARENAS KTM 2'13.443 0.151 0.130
5 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 2'13.574 0.282 0.131
6 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 2'13.819 0.527 0.245
7 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 2'13.839 0.547 0.020
8 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 2'13.885 0.593 0.046
9 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 2'13.899 0.607 0.014
10 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 2'13.940 0.648 0.041
11 12 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 2'13.962 0.670 0.022
12 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 2'14.009 0.717 0.047
13 44 Aron CANET Honda 2'14.035 0.743 0.026
14 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 2'14.052 0.760 0.017
15 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 2'14.060 0.768 0.008
16 22 Kazuki MASAKI KTM 2'14.140 0.848 0.080
17 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 2'14.183 0.891 0.043
18 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 2'14.284 0.992 0.101
19 17 John MCPHEE KTM 2'14.311 1.019 0.027
20 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 2'14.370 1.078 0.059
21 10 Dennis FOGGIA KTM 2'14.603 1.311 0.233
22 72 Alonso LOPEZ Honda 2'14.946 1.654 0.343
23 77 Vicente PEREZ KTM 2'15.022 1.730 0.076
24 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 2'15.058 1.766 0.036
25 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 2'15.134 1.842 0.076
26 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 2'15.171 1.879 0.037
27 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 2'15.424 2.132 0.253
28 69 Tom BOOTH-AMOS Honda 2'15.969 2.677 0.545
29 81 Stefano NEPA KTM 2'16.098 2.806 0.129
30 20 Jake ARCHER KTM 2'17.227 3.935 1.129
Round Number: 
12
2018
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