2014 Phillip Island Moto3 QualifyingAs Saturday’s Moto3 Tissot Australian Grand Prix Qualifying action came to a close, title-contender Alex Marquez – the younger brother of 2014 MotoGP Champion Marc Marquez – took pole position.
Joining the Spaniard on the front row ahead of Phillip Island Moto3 are Alex Rins and Juanfran Guevara.Moto3 Championship leader Marquez (Estrella Galicia 0,0) took his third pole of 2014 with a 1:36.050 lap to qualify just 0.014 of a second ahead of his second placed teammate Rins. Guevara (Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3) took third place by 0.339 of a second.On the second row Danny Kent (Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo) and John McPhee (SaxoPrint-RTG) qualified in front of Efren Vazquez (SaxoPrint-RTG).In a session which saw the riders battling against traffic around the picturesque Phillip Island circuit Jack Miller (Red Bull KTM Ajo) qualified in the middle of the third row, sandwiched by Jasper Iwema (CIP) and Alexis Masbou (Ongetta-Rivacold). Romano Fenati (SKY Racing Team VR46) will line up on the grid in tenth.Two seconds covered the top 29 in the session highlighting the competitiveness of the class once again.Alexis Masbou (Ongetta-Rivacold) fell early in the session and was able to rejoin. Niklas Ajo (Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo) lost the front at Turn 1, his leathers protecting him, but ending his session. Indeed the crash saw Ajo suffer a fracture of fifth finger on the left hand, but he is fit to race on Sunday.Eric Granado (Calvo Team) took a very heavy fall, his second of the day, and like Ajo was taken to the medical center. Suffering dorsal pain Granado was later taken to Dandenong hospital for CT scan after initial x-rays did not show any injury. Enea Bastianini (Junior Team GO&FUN Gresini) also had a small off in the closing stages.
This week we ride two genre-departing motorcycles from the established American manufacturers. Jess McKinley gives us his thoughts on the all new Harley-Davidson Pan America Special, and Ron Lieback gives his on Indian’s latest version of the FTR 1200 S.