moto3 / Joan Mir on the Phillip Island front row
In Australia, the championship leader dominated FP3 in the morning and ran up the front in Qualifying, showing good pace; a big step forward and better feeling for Livio Loi.
On Saturday morning, the 4.4km of Phillip Island opened as it was finished the previous day: with Joan Mir in the lead in the ranking of the combined times. After a quick Warm Up run. Mallorca’s talent began to hit the curbs of what is in his favorite circuit. Yet this time the temperatures (air 13°C / 19°C ground) had dropped, with rain arriving at the Australian track in the last 4 minutes of the session, which saw Belgian Livio Loi finished in the 22nd position.
The interest of everyone was already entirely transfixed on Qualifying. In still uncertain climatic conditions, the Leopard Racing Team entered the track to concentrate on giving their best. Joan Mir immediately came to the front, while Livio Loi showed great improvement and, above all, a greater feeling with his NSF250RW. At the end the rain arrived, halting Mir from challenging for pole further.
After the dominance in practice, Mallorca’s talent seems to have sent a signal to the competition. Tomorrow in the race Mir will leave the calculations and is focused on attacking …The protagonists of the Moto3 class will return tomorrow morning at 10:40 am for 20 minutes o3f Warm Up, anticipating the 2017 season’s sixteenth race, which will kick off at 13:00 local time.
#36 Joan MIR – 3rd (1’37.411):
“I would have liked to grab pole position here in Australia: at least to have 1 this season [laughs]! These qualifications were a key moment of the weekend: I’m happy for the first row and especially for my rhythm. Actually I’m having fun riding this circuit, this is important; tomorrow I will not look at the standings or points, I’ll try to win the race!”
#11 Livio LOI – 21st (1’38.386):
“We’ve come a long way, the feeling with the bike has improved a lot. I missed only the ideal crone in qualifying: just when I had to push with the new rubber, rain came. Tomorrow I’m confident, I can get to the Top 10!”
Moto3™ Qualifying Classification:
1 – J. Martin / SPA / Del Conca Gresini / Honda / 1’37.030
2 – G. Rodrigo / ARG / RBA Racing / KTM / 1’37.248
3 – J. Mir / SPA / Leopard Racing / Honda / 1’37.411
21 – L. Loi / BEL / Leopard Racing / Honda / 1’38.386
Moto3™ Schedule (Local Time, GMT +11):
Sunday, October 22nd:
10:40-11:00 – WarmUp
13:00 (23 Laps) – Race
Photo credit: Leopard Racing