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.