2016 Misano Moto3 Qualifying Result: Last Minute Fight In Tow City

Same old, same old for another session of the Moto3 class, with forty degrees of track temperature and a gaggle of riders looking for a high-profile tow. Brad Binder once again proved to be the smartest of the lot and grabbed a well-deserved pole position.

With Brad Binder, Enea Bastianini and Jorge Navarro at the top after the first run, it looked like the usual affair, but a little rookie power and home motivation brought Nicolo Bulega in the mix after the second run, the Italian taking over at the top.

The final six minutes were supposed to turn up the heat, but most of the action was trackside, with seemingly the entire grid waiting for Binder and the South African doing his best to avoid them in the “slow lane”.

Left with everything to do in the final laps, the world championship leader took the initiative and went to the front of the group to snatch pole away from the local boy. Enea Bastianini also sneaked ahead of Bulega, the three starting tomorrow’s race on the front row.

Jakub Kornfeil missed on that front row by only two hundredths of a second and will be sharing the second one with Jorge Navarro – who crashed in the final minutes of the session – and Aron Canet, the rookie also helped by a guided tour from Binder. Third row will be shared by three good performances from Philipp Oettl, Hiroki Ono and Juanfran Guevara.

The fastest man after practice had a tricky session, Joan Mir losing significant track time with mechanical issues after the first run. He joined the action late and only managed sixteenth position on the grid.


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'42.398    
2 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 1'42.548 0.150 0.150
3 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 1'42.631 0.233 0.083
4 84 Jakub KORNFEIL Honda 1'42.659 0.261 0.028
5 9 Jorge NAVARRO Honda 1'42.710 0.312 0.051
6 44 Aron CANET Honda 1'42.842 0.444 0.132
7 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 1'42.955 0.557 0.113
8 76 Hiroki ONO Honda 1'42.962 0.564 0.007
9 58 Juanfran GUEVARA KTM 1'42.985 0.587 0.023
10 4 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 1'43.033 0.635 0.048
11 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 1'43.080 0.682 0.047
12 88 Jorge MARTIN Mahindra 1'43.112 0.714 0.032
13 55 Andrea LOCATELLI KTM 1'43.120 0.722 0.008
14 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 1'43.133 0.735 0.013
15 95 Jules DANILO Honda 1'43.222 0.824 0.089
16 36 Joan MIR KTM 1'43.291 0.893 0.069
17 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA KTM 1'43.345 0.947 0.054
18 11 Livio LOI Honda 1'43.348 0.950 0.003
19 20 Fabio QUARTARARO KTM 1'43.490 1.092 0.142
20 62 Stefano MANZI Mahindra 1'43.684 1.286 0.194
21 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER KTM 1'43.761 1.363 0.077
22 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 1'43.768 1.370 0.007
23 6 Maria HERRERA KTM 1'43.793 1.395 0.025
24 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 1'43.981 1.583 0.188
25 21 Francesco BAGNAIA Mahindra 1'43.991 1.593 0.010
26 12 Albert ARENAS Peugeot 1'44.020 1.622 0.029
27 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Honda 1'44.205 1.807 0.185
28 42 Marcos RAMIREZ Mahindra 1'44.211 1.813 0.006
29 17 John MCPHEE Peugeot 1'44.292 1.894 0.081
30 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Mahindra 1'44.314 1.916 0.022
31 43 Stefano VALTULINI Mahindra 1'44.713 2.315 0.399
32 77 Lorenzo PETRARCA Mahindra 1'44.740 2.342 0.027
33 40 Darryn BINDER Mahindra 1'44.901 2.503 0.161
34 3 Fabio SPIRANELLI Mahindra 1'45.687 3.289 0.786
35 71 Alex FABBRI Mahindra 1'46.133 3.735 0.446
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Pretty much the only class in which you root for your favorite NOT to get a pole because of the depressing pole-to-win correlation.

However, my favorite is on pole, so I hope Brad changes the dreary ratio a little.

I like him a lot. He's scruffy on the track, but also levelheaded and a quiet guy who works hard.
I'd like to see him in MotoGP one day, and I think his style could work on the bigger bikes. He's not afraid of slamming on the brakes and wedging his bike in a tight space.

And anyways, even though the Spaniards and the Italians are the usual protagonists, I don't get such a kick from seeing the British, Australian and American win, because frankly, you're well established forces in all things more or less. Everyone knows about you and your countries are well off for the most part.

Seeing countries more at odds, like South Africa, celebrate victories is really great for me.
It might not seem like much, and yes at the end of the day South Africa will still have a plethora of problems to deal with, but giving a troubled nation any reason to celebrate is great.

I think at this point, even an injury probably wouldn't take away Binder's championship, so here's to him winning as much as he can and extending his lead to a huge margin!

Seeing how many mechanical/technical issues the team seems to be having all season, both in Moto3 and Moto2, I am starting to think they've bitten off more than they can chew by running three riders in Moto3 and an additional team in Moto2 as well. We've already seen quite a few bike issues last year for Kent, which were in the end basically just masked by him clinging on to the trophy, but even though these kind of issues are always part of the game, it seems like the team has quite a few more of them than, say, MarcVDS or the Ajo Team or Gresini. They are selling themselves as one of the top teams in both classes and while their rider line-up and many of the staff are certainly top-notch, I don't think that overall they really are the high quality as a title in their résumé and their polished press department might make you believe. Which is really too bad for the riders. Maybe running a smaller team next year would be better for the people involved?

They're at the point where they need to do Q1 & Q2 like MotoGP. So many riders flaunt the rules, that there might as well not BE any rules.