Antonelli on Pole after Chaotic Qualifying at Sepang

Niccolo Antonelli snatched pole position for tomorrow’s Malaysian Moto3 Grand Prix in another session dominated by farcical scenes involving traffic. Despite riding on one of the calendar’s longest and widest circuits, riders were seen constantly waiting together for slipstreams with Antonelli finally executing a clean lap at the last attempt to take pole.

Miguel Oliveira, the only rider left with a mathematical chance of catching Danny Kent in the world championship, set the early pace on a 2:12.893 and it looked as though the hard work would be done for him as his rivals proceeded to tip each other up. Kent was among those particularly affected with the points leader a target for riders seeking a slipstream and with time running out, frustration seemed to be getting the better of him.

The leading positions would remain unchanged until the chequered flag was thrown with Jorge Navarro ending Oliveira’s spell at the top with a 2:12.700 but a few metres behind him., Antonelli clocked a 2:12.653 to wrestle pole away immediately. Having failed to improve on his early effort, Oliveira was demoted to third and the outside of the front row.

Efren Vazquez took fourth for Leopard ahead of Jakub Kornfeil who secured fifth place for the Sepang International Circuit squad. Kent finally put the traffic issues behind in the dying seconds to qualify sixth, rescuing a session that looked set to leave him on the fifth row of the grid, while Romano Fenati and Francesco Bagnaia, Kent’s nemesis in Australia, will line up right behind in seventh and eighth.

Enea Bastianini will start ninth ahead of home favourite Zulfahmi Khairuddin while Phillip Island polesitter John McPhee ended the day in thirteenth after a heavy crash in free practice.



PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time
123. Niccolo AntonelliHondaOngetta-Rivacold2:12.653
29. Jorge NavarroHondaEstrella Galicia 0,02:12.700
344. Miguel OliveiraKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo2:12.893
47. Efren VazquezHondaLeopard Racing2:12.956
584. Jakub KornfeilKTMDrive M7 SIC Racing Team2:12.987
652. Danny KentHondaLeopard Racing2:12.994
75. Romano FenatiKTMSky Racing Team VR462:13.106
821. Francesco BagnaiaMahindraMapfre Mahindra Team2:13.167
933. Enea BastianiniHondaJunior Team Gresini Moto32:12.232
1063. Zulfahmi KhairuddinKTMDrive M7 SIC Racing Team2:12.280
1176. Hiroki OnoHondaLeopard Racing2:13.282
1217. John McPheeHondaSaxoprint-RTG2:13.538
1388. Jorge MartinMahindraMapfre Mahindra Team2:13.573
1498. Karel HanikaKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo2:13.641
1532. Isaac VinalesKTMRBA Racing Team2:13.668
1641. Brad BinderKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo2:13.745
1729. Stefano ManziMahindraSan Carlo Team Italia2:13.980
1865. Philipp OettlKTMSchedl GP Racing2:14.040
1910. Alexis MasbouHondaSaxoprint-RTG2:14.045
2091. Gabriel RodrigoKTMRBA Racing Team2:14.053
2140. Darryn BinderMahindraOutox Reset Drink Team2:14.091
2258. Juanfran GuevaraMahindraMapfre Mahindra Team2:14.103
2348. Lorenzo Dalla PortaHusqvarnaHusqvarna Factory Laglisse2:14.116
2416. Andrea MignoKTMSky Racing Team VR462:14.200
256. Maria HerreraHusqvarnaHusqvarna Factory Laglisse2:14.217
2611. Livio LoiHondaRW Racing GP2:14.468
2724. Tatsuki SuzukiMahindraCIP2:14.551
2896. Manuel PaglianiMahindraSan Carlo Team Italia2:14.617
2995. Jules DaniloHondaOngetta-Rivacold2:14.763
302. Remy GardnerMahindraCIP2:14.912
3122. Ana CarrascoKTMRBA Racing Team2:15.629
3219. Alessandro TonucciMahindraOutox Reset Drink TeamNo Time
3355. Andrea LocatelliHondaJunior Team Gresini Moto3No TIme