Jorge Martin (Del Conca Gresini Moto3 Honda NSF250RW) scored a brilliant Moto3 pole position at a critical time of the season, topping an action-packed qualifying session by 0.257 seconds. This was an incredible tenth pole position of the season for the 20-year old and his 19th overall in the class. Once again, Martin proved his huge talent on a single flying lap.
The championship leader has a point to prove tomorrow after a costly crash in the Japanese Grand Prix, which saw his advantage in the title race slashed to a single point. Martin will take comfort in the fact that his two remaining championship rivals Marco Bezzecchi and Fabio Di Giannantonio (Del Conca Gresini Moto3 Honda NSF250RW) qualified 15th and 17th.
Japanese teenager Ayumu Sasaki (Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda NSF250RW) scored a sensational front-row start, his third place equalling his best qualifying performance. The 2016 Red Bull Rookies Champion enjoyed his joint best race result at this circuit a year ago, with a seventh-place finish.
Seventeen-year-old Italian Tony Arbolino (Marinelli Rivacold Snipers Honda NSF250RW) backed up his impressive speed throughout the weekend by qualifying in seventh. Aron Canet (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda NSF250RW) was tenth, and will be hopeful of finishing his first race since the Austrian Grand Prix in early August.
The Australian Grand Prix is the second of three Grand Prix events in as many weekends. After Sunday’s race, the paddock packs up to fly north Malaysia for the Malaysian Grand Prix, the penultimate round of the season, at the impressive Sepang International Circuit. The series draws to a close at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit, Valencia, Spain, on November 18.