moto3 / Difficult Qualifying for Leopard Racing in Andalusia
A sour Saturday in Jerez for the Leopard Racing Team dup. Joan Mir will begin on the third row after his best lap time was removed. Teammate Livio Loi, in recovery after his fall in FP3, will launch from the sixth row of the grid.
It will be a race of attacking for the Leopard Racing team tomorrow, due to the difficult qualifying that Joan Mir and Livio Loi had on Saturday afternoon. Both are ready for their comebacks from the third row for the Spaniard and the sixth row for the Belgian.
The morning began with higher temperatures than yesterday, with the sun shining down on the 4.4 km of Jerez de la Frontera track. Joan Mir hit the track in great shape during Free Practice 3, running constantly in the top rungs of the timesheet and ending the session with a good fourth place. A preview of what was to be expected in Qualifying, aiming for at least the second row of the grid.
Unfortunately, the leader of the Moto3 class saw his time of 1’46.625 ruled illegal due to running off track at Turn 10 in order to avoid another rider who was slow on the racing line when Mir had two red helmets through the first two sectors. This time had been good enough for the top five but his previous lap of 1’46.838 was applied, still good enough for the third row. The 19-year-old from Palma de Mallorca will again aim for the win: he likes a challenge and has become accustomed to comebacks.
A day of ups and downs for Livio Loi, who was the victim of an unlucky fall at Turn 11 after losing the front during FP3 in the morning. Fortunately no consequences for the Belgian who in the afternoon did well to rally after missing a session by lowering his time and grabbing a place on the sixth row.
The protagonists of the Moto3 class will return tomorrow morning at 8:40 am for 20 minutes of Warm Up, anticipating the 2017 season’s fourth race, which will kick off at 11:00 local time.
#36 Joan MIR – 9th (1’46.838):
“It was a bittersweet day, because we have the rhythm to run at the front. We could have made a quick time, but sometimes in qualifying things did not go as you would like. On my way I met another rider who disturbed me and in the end I had my best time removed. But I’m confident for tomorrow, I have so much motivation and I’m sure I can do a great race!”
#11 Livio LOI – 18th (1’47.308):
“It was not an easy qualification for me. In FP3 I did just 5 laps and fell, losing a bit of confidence with the front. In qualifying we then made a good step forward. I will again start from a position far from the first group, but I will do my utmost to get me back to the front guys. Tomorrow morning in Warm Up we will try a change to improve the feeling with the front and … full gas!”
Moto3™ Qualifying Classification:
1 – J. Martin / SPA / Del Conca Gresini / Honda / 1’46.004
2 – A. Canet / SPA / Estrella Galicia 0,0 / Honda / 1’46.441
3 – R. Fenati / ITA / Marinelli Rivalcold / Honda / 1’46.518
9 – J. Mir / SPA / Leopard Racing / Honda / 1’46.838
18 – L. Loi / BEL / Leopard Racing / Honda / 1’47.308
Moto3™ Schedule (Local Time, GMT +2):
Sunday, May 7th:
08:40-09:00 – WarmUp
11:00 (23 Laps) – Race
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