Binder Snatches Last Gasp Pole at Sepang

Brad Binder produced a sensational final sector on his last lap of qualifying to snatch pole position from under the nose of Jorge Navarro at Sepang. The world champion climbed from sixth to first on his last lap to claim his sixth pole of the season despite a mid-session downpour seemingly bringing an end to proceedings midway through.

The session already started in wet conditions following a downpour during the lunch break and Navarro looked to have timed his run to perfection, clocking a 2:26.984 fifteen minutes in. Shortly afterwards, the notoriously tropical Sepang downpours returned, bringing out the red flags, and it appeared that Navarro’s benchmark time would remain unbeaten.

The newly resurfaced circuit has been providing tremendous grip all weekend though, even in the wet, and Francesco Bagnaia surprised everyone with five minutes to go, going a tenth faster than Navarro. The Spaniard responded shortly afterwards, returning to pole position, but Binder would have the last word with a 2:26.268 securing pole, despite trailing Navarro by over a tenth of a second heading into the final sector.

Bagnaia’s late improvement secured him a place on the front row of the grid while Lorenzo Dalla Porta, who was second fastest prior to the downpour, held onto fourth spot. Gabriel Rodrigo qualified fifth despite crashing late on while Niccolo Antonelli leapt up to sixth with his final effort.

Bo Bendsneyder will start seventh on the second Red Bull Ajo KTM ahead of Jorge Martin and Fabio Quartararo while Aron Canet completes the top ten on tomorrow’s grid.


Moto3 Shell Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix (Qualifying Result)

PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time
141. Brad BinderKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo2:26.268
29. Jorge NavarroHondaEstrella Galicia 0,02:26.361
321. Francesco BagnaiaMahindraPull & Bear Aspar Mahindra2:26.395
448. Lorenzo Dalla PortaKTMSky Racing Team VR462:27.078
519. Gabriel RodrigoKTMRBA Racing Team2:27.307
623. Niccolo AntonelliHondaOngetta-Rivacold2:27.355
764. Bo BendsneyderKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo2:27.604
888. Jorge MartinMahindraPull & Bear Aspar Mahindra2:27.642
920. Fabio QuartararoKTMLeopard Racing2:27.661
1044. Aron CanetHondaEstrella Galicia 0,02:27.924
1155. Andrea LocatelliKTMLeopard Racing2:27.987
1265. Philipp OettlKTMSchedl GP Racing2:28.062
138. Nicolo BulegaKTMSky Racing Team VR462:28.069
1436. Joan MirKTMLeopard Racing2:28.193
1584. Jakub KornfeilHondaDrive M7 SIC Racing Team2:28.215
1624. Tatsuki SuzukiMahindraCIP-Unicom Starker2:28.553
1758. Juanfran GuevaraKTMRBA Racing Team2:28.718
187. Adam NorrodinHondaDrive M7 SIC Racing Team2:28.965
194. Fabio Di GiannantonioHondaGresini Racing Moto32:28.982
2089. Khairul Idham PawiHondaHonda Team Asia2:28.989
2171. Ayumu SasakiHondaGresini Racing Moto32:29.267
2238. Hafiq AzmiPeugeotPeugeot MC Saxoprint2:29.334
2311. Livio LoiHondaRW Racing GP BV2:29.380
2495. Jules DaniloHondaOngetta-Rivacold2:29.565
2576. Hiroki OnoHondaHonda Team Asia2:30.248
2616. Andrea MignoKTMSky Racing Team VR462:30.747
2712. Albert ArenasPeugeotPeugeot MC Saxoprint2:30.872
2842. Marcos RamirezMahindraPlatinum Bay Real Estate2:30.961
2977. Lorenzo PetrarcaMahindra3570 Team Italia2:32.151
3043. Stefano ValtuliniMahindra3570 Team Italia2:32.346
3140. Darryn BinderMahindraPlatinum Bay Real Estate2:32.592
NQ6. Maria HerreraKTMMH6 Team2:36.698
NQ3. Fabio SpiranelliMahindraCIP-Unicom StarkerNo Time