2015 Barcelona Moto3 Qualifying Practice Result: Pole Sitter Blasts Past Waiting Masses

Results and summary of Moto3 qualifying:

Enea Bastianini has taken his debut pole in Grand Prix, putting in a scorching lap to blast his way to the front of the grid. Bastianini took advantage of the general Moto3 malaise as almost everyone was looking around searching for a tow, then threaded his way through the pack to put nearly eight tenths of a second between himself and the rest of the grid at that point in the session. Danny Kent then followed suit, closing to within two tenths of Bastianini to grab 2nd spot on the grid, and a strong front row start. Jorge Navarro put in a good late charge to take 3rd, at the head of a close group consisting of Niccolo Antonelli, Miguel Oliveira, Efren Vazquez and Fabio Quartararo. Teammate Navarro in 3rd and Quaratararo in 7th are separated by just 0.056 of a second.

Race Direction are likely to be handing out a veritable points bonanza for Moto3 QP, as the behavior of riders waiting for tows at Barcelona became ever more egregious. Almost the entire grid went out at the same time, with twenty or more riders hanging around on the racing line looking for a tow, and blocking the progress of much faster riders. At Barcelona, a tow is said to be worth six tenths of a second, but too many riders wasted their opportunity of a fast lap waiting for other riders, and endangering others in the process.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 33 Enea Bastianini Honda 1'50.137    
2 52 Danny Kent Honda 1'50.281 0.144 0.144
3 9 Jorge Navarro Honda 1'50.840 0.703 0.559
4 23 Niccolò Antonelli Honda 1'50.848 0.711 0.008
5 44 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'50.857 0.720 0.009
6 7 Efren Vazquez Honda 1'50.894 0.757 0.037
7 20 Fabio Quartararo Honda 1'50.896 0.759 0.002
8 31 Niklas Ajo KTM 1'51.113 0.976 0.217
9 65 Philipp Oettl KTM 1'51.265 1.128 0.152
10 76 Hiroki Ono Honda 1'51.290 1.153 0.025
11 17 John Mcphee Honda 1'51.517 1.380 0.227
12 98 Karel Hanika KTM 1'51.528 1.391 0.011
13 5 Romano Fenati KTM 1'51.551 1.414 0.023
14 6 Maria Herrera Husqvarna 1'51.586 1.449 0.035
15 88 Jorge Martin Mahindra 1'51.597 1.460 0.011
16 58 Juanfran Guevara Mahindra 1'51.721 1.584 0.124
17 21 Francesco Bagnaia Mahindra 1'51.772 1.635 0.051
18 41 Brad Binder KTM 1'51.822 1.685 0.050
19 55 Andrea Locatelli Honda 1'51.833 1.696 0.011
20 32 Isaac Viñales Husqvarna 1'51.914 1.777 0.081
21 16 Andrea Migno KTM 1'52.137 2.000 0.223
22 95 Jules Danilo Honda 1'52.149 2.012 0.012
23 10 Alexis Masbou Honda 1'52.172 2.035 0.023
24 19 Alessandro Tonucci Mahindra 1'52.191 2.054 0.019
25 2 Remy Gardner Mahindra 1'52.283 2.146 0.092
26 84 Jakub Kornfeil KTM 1'52.459 2.322 0.176
27 29 Stefano Manzi Mahindra 1'52.564 2.427 0.105
28 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Mahindra 1'52.620 2.483 0.056
29 11 Livio Loi Honda 1'52.752 2.615 0.132
30 40 Darryn Binder Mahindra 1'52.813 2.676 0.061
31 12 Matteo Ferrari Mahindra 1'52.869 2.732 0.056
32 91 Gabriel Rodrigo KTM 1'53.023 2.886 0.154
33 63 Zulfahmi Khairuddin KTM 1'53.203 3.066 0.180
34 22 Ana Carrasco KTM 1'53.473 3.336 0.270

 

Round Number: 
7
2015
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