Joan Mir (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW) rode to Moto3 pole position, six days after winning the 2017 Moto3 World Championship in Australia. Although the 20-year old has won nine races so far this season, today’s pole was his first of the year and only the second of his career. Having wrapped up the title, Mir can race here without any pressure and he intends to sign off his Moto3 career in style before moving to Moto2 in 2018.

Meanwhile qualifying specialist Jorge Martin (Del Conca Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda NSF250RW) was close to securing a tenth pole position of the year, but has yet to score his first win, a situation he hopes to change tomorrow.

Briton John McPhee (British Talent Team Honda NSF250RW) completed an all-Honda front row after posting the third fastest time, 0.7 seconds behind Mir. After a few difficult races, the 23-year old is confident about his race pace here.

Jules Danilo (Marinelli Rivacold Snipers Honda NSF250RW) was a promising sixth, with Livio Loi (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW) in seventh. Romano Fenati (Marinelli Rivacold Snipers Honda NSF250RW) hopes to confirm second overall in the championship standings from eighth on the grid, with fellow Italian Enea Bastianini (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda NSF250RW) ninth. Danilo, however, will drop three grid places due to a penalty from Race Direction, promoting the other three Honda riders

The Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix is the last of three Grands Prix held in as many weeks across the Asian Pacific region. After Sunday’s race the paddock gets a well-deserved week’s break before the final race of the year at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo, Valencia, Spain, on November 12th.

Joan Mir

Joan Mir 36

1st / 2m 12.078s

“I am very happy with this pole, because winning a world title without earning a pole position would be quite weird! I'm really happy with my rhythm. We’ve had a spectacular ride here, and this result comes from the work done so far during these two days. Tomorrow I can ride as I want and have fun ... and maybe win another!”

Leopard Racing
Jorge Martin

Jorge Martin 88

2nd / 2m 12.457s

“I’m really pleased with how today went, because I think we did a good job. I was able to lap on my own and I think we have a good pace for tomorrow’s race. I hope that missing out on pole position today will turn into a better result tomorrow, and I hope I’ll have fun on my Honda and that we’ll get in the mix for the win. Heat will be a problem – as usual here – but we’re physically prepared, and the key will be to save the tyres in order to be competitive in the last part of the race.”

Del Conca Gresini Moto3
John Mcphee

John Mcphee 17

3rd / 2m 12.816s

“I’m really happy. I need to say thanks to my team for working so hard because this weekend we improved a bit and made a good step. In all the sessions we’ve been fast, also alone, and in qualifying we knew that the front three or four was possible. For the race it’s difficult to say. My lap times on the race tyre were the same as on the soft tyre, so I’m feeling confident. I think it’s going to be a long race – 18 laps in this heat won’t be easy. But I’m feeling good and looking forward to the race. We’ll fight from the first laps. We know that slipstreaming plays a big part here, but like I said, I was happy to do the lap time alone, so let’s just try and enjoy the race.”

British Talent Team
Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix

Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia

Moto3 2017, Round 17

Saturday 28 Oct 2017, 07:17 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Joan Mir 36 SPA Leopard Racing Honda 2'12.078
2 Jorge Martin 88 SPA Del Conca Gresini Moto3 Honda +2'12.457
3 John Mcphee 17 GBR British Talent Team Honda +2'12.816
4 Bo Bendsneyder 64 NDL Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM +2'13.161
5 Gabriel Rodrigo 19 RSM RBA Racing Team KTM +2'13.165
6 Jules Danilo 95 FRA Marinelli Snipers Team Honda +2'13.309
7 Livio Loi 11 BEL Leopard Racing Honda +2'13.311
8 Romano Fenati 5 ITA Marinelli Snipers Team Honda +2'13.363
9 Enea Bastianini 33 ITA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +2'13.374
10 Niccolò Antonelli 23 ITA Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM +2'13.419
11 Fabio di Giannantonio 21 ITA Del Conca Gresini Moto3 Honda +2'13.440
12 Aron Canet 44 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +2'13.571
13 Tatsuki Suzuki 24 JPN SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +2'13.594
14 Ayumu Sasaki 71 JPN SIC Racing Team Honda +2'13.792
15 Adam Norrodin 7 MAL SIC Racing Team Honda +2'13.847
16 Nicolò Bulega 8 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +2'13.864
17 Marcos Ramirez 42 SPA Platinum Bay Real Estate KTM +2'13.892
18 Juanfran Guevara 58 SPA RBA Racing Team KTM +2'13.982
19 Andrea Migno 16 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +2'14.071
20 Manuel Pagliani 96 ITA CIP Mahindra +2'14.181
Rider Standings
Sunday, 22 Oct 2017 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Joan MIR 36 SPA 296 Leopard Racing Honda
2 Romano FENATI 5 ITA 226 Marinelli Snipers Team Honda
3 Aron CANET 44 SPA 184 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda
4 Jorge MARTIN 88 SPA 151 Del Conca Gresini Moto3 Honda
5 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO 21 ITA 146 Del Conca Gresini Moto3 Honda
6 Enea BASTIANINI 33 ITA 114 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda
7 John MCPHEE 17 GBR 112 British Talent Team Honda
8 Andrea MIGNO 16 ITA 108 SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM
9 Marcos RAMIREZ 42 SPA 106 Platinum Bay Real Estate KTM
10 Philipp OETTL 65 GER 104 Schedl GP Racing KTM
11 Nicolò BULEGA 8 ITA 84 SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM
12 Juanfran GUEVARA 58 SPA 75 RBA Racing Team KTM
13 Livio LOI 11 BEL 67 Leopard Racing Honda
14 Tatsuki SUZUKI 24 JPN 66 SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda
15 Bo BENDSNEYDER 64 NDL 55 Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM
16 Gabriel RODRIGO 19 RSM 52 RBA Racing Team KTM
17 Adam NORRODIN 7 MAL 37 SIC Racing Team Honda
18 Niccolò ANTONELLI 23 ITA 36 Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM
19 Darryn BINDER 40 RSA 35 Platinum Bay Real Estate KTM
20 Jules DANILO 95 FRA 29 Marinelli Snipers Team Honda
21 Jakub KORNFEIL 84 CZE 26 Peugeot SaxoPrint RTG Peugeot
22 Ayumu SASAKI 71 JPN 25 SIC Racing Team Honda
23 Marco BEZZECCHI 12 ITA 20 CIP Mahindra
24 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAP 41 THA 16 Honda Team Asia Honda
25 Albert ARENAS 75 SPA 14 Mahindra Motard Aspar Mahindra
26 Jaume MASIA 15 SPA 13 Platinum Bay Real Estate KTM
27 Dennis FOGGIA 10 ITA 10 Platinum Bay Real Estate KTM
28 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA 48 ITA 9 Mahindra Motard Aspar Mahindra
29 Kaito TOBA 27 JPN 7 Honda Team Asia Honda
30 Manuel PAGLIANI 96 ITA 7 CIP Mahindra
31 Danny KENT 52 GBR 6 Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM
32 Alex FABBRI 57 RSM 3 Minimoto Portomaggiore Mahindra
33 Tony ARBOLINO 14 ITA 1 SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda