2016 Silverstone Moto3 Qualifying Result: Rain Upsets The Applecart

About as unpredictable as the need to own an umbrella in the UK, the rain caused some upsets to the usual order in the Moto3 class. Pecco Bagnaia ended up on an unlikely pole position, his Mahindra running smoothly in the tricky conditions.

The umbrellas were out in force as the Moto3 grid took to the track although the actual rain eased up in the first few minutes of track action, leaving the riders finding their way on a damp track with different levels of success and several minor crashes.

Enea Bastianini kept it upright and got close to Bagnaia’s time but will start the race in second position. The fearless rookies were unleashed as well, with Joan Mir in sixth and Nicolo Bulega in ninth, but the most bittersweet result was that of Bo Bendsneyder, the KTM rider getting a helpful hand from teammate Brad Binder to finish in the top three but having a five-place grid penalty to deal with. That will push Niccolo Antonelli onto the front row, despite a late crash from the Italian.

Binder will lead the second row, in front of two great performances from Mir and Jules Danilo. Among other notable performances, Lorenzo Dalla Porta qualified tenth, with Maria Herrera in thirteen, after a great solo lap followed up with a crash.

The fastest man in the dry, Jorge Navarro was the first to get caught out in the early part of the session, the Spaniard crashing in turn ten and slipping down the order while his bike was enjoying a trip in the recovery van. He rejoined the track in the final ten minutes, just as the rain started to get worse and finished in eighteenth place.

Rain experts Khairul Idham Pawi and John McPhee suffered crashes and ended up outside of the top fifteen but ahead of Fabio Quartararo, the Frenchman continuing his struggles in the rain. 

Results:          

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 21 Francesco BAGNAIA Mahindra 2'33.642    
2 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 2'33.748 0.106 0.106
3 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER KTM 2'33.994 0.352 0.246
4 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 2'34.383 0.741 0.389
5 41 Brad BINDER KTM 2'34.386 0.744 0.003
6 36 Joan MIR KTM 2'34.479 0.837 0.093
7 95 Jules DANILO Honda 2'34.604 0.962 0.125
8 88 Jorge MARTIN Mahindra 2'34.647 1.005 0.043
9 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 2'34.669 1.027 0.022
10 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA KTM 2'34.753 1.111 0.084
11 55 Andrea LOCATELLI KTM 2'34.815 1.173 0.062
12 44 Aron CANET Honda 2'34.920 1.278 0.105
13 6 Maria HERRERA KTM 2'35.094 1.452 0.174
14 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 2'35.136 1.494 0.042
15 84 Jakub KORNFEIL Honda 2'35.169 1.527 0.033
16 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Honda 2'35.266 1.624 0.097
17 17 John MCPHEE Peugeot 2'35.336 1.694 0.070
18 9 Jorge NAVARRO Honda 2'35.588 1.946 0.252
19 76 Hiroki ONO Honda 2'35.651 2.009 0.063
20 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 2'35.821 2.179 0.170
21 20 Fabio QUARTARARO KTM 2'35.822 2.180 0.001
22 11 Livio LOI Honda 2'36.165 2.523 0.343
23 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 2'36.254 2.612 0.089
24 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 2'36.664 3.022 0.410
25 4 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 2'36.842 3.200 0.178
26 42 Marcos RAMIREZ Mahindra 2'36.931 3.289 0.089
27 40 Darryn BINDER Mahindra 2'37.036 3.394 0.105
28 58 Juanfran GUEVARA KTM 2'37.142 3.500 0.106
29 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Mahindra 2'37.567 3.925 0.425
30 77 Lorenzo PETRARCA Mahindra 2'37.865 4.223 0.298
31 43 Stefano VALTULINI Mahindra 2'38.209 4.567 0.344
32 12 Albert ARENAS Peugeot 2'38.705 5.063 0.496
33 3 Fabio SPIRANELLI Mahindra 2'38.749 5.107 0.044
34 62 Stefano MANZI Mahindra 2'41.666 8.024 2.917
35 53 Marco BEZZECCHI Mahindra 2'42.423 8.781 0.757

 

Round Number: 
12
2016
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Comments

She was in contention for the podium last year at a wet Silverstone, hope she can keep it upright