The first pole of the 2015 Moto3 Championship went to SAXOPPRINT RTG’s Alexis Masbou, who claimed the first top-qualifying spot of his career.But it wasn’t a runaway pole; the top-five riders were within a tenth of a second, and the top 10 within a second. Many of the top speeds occurred during the final 10 minutes of qualifying when riders were on fresh tires; numerous times the top times were swapped.
MotoGP reports that most Moto3 teams used “formation riding”, where teammates lap in groups around the circuit to allow them to take advantage of each others’ slipstream to set faster times, and it almost seemed like a race as riders chopped and changed position out on track trying to take advantage of the racing line.But when it was over Masbou earned the pole by 0.067 of a second ahead of Husqvarna Factory Laglisse’s Isaac Viñales and 0.075 of a second ahead of Ongetta-Rivacold Honda’s Niccolo Antonelli.Heading up the second row is MAPFRE Team Mahindra’s Francesco Bagnaia (-0.084 of a second). Bagnaia will be joined on the second row by SAXOPRINT RTG Honda’s John McPhee (-0.084 of a second) and Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda’s Fabio Quartararo.Qualifying on row three is Gresini Racing Team Moto3 Honda’s Andrea Locatelli, Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Miquel Oliveira and the man who set the fastest time in practice, Leopard Racing’s Danny Kent.The Moto3 grid returns to grid Sunday for the season opener at Qatar that takes place at 6 p.m. local time.
Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory + Steve ’Stavros’ Parrish
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Ultimate Motorcycling’s weekly podcast—Motos and Friends. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
Our first segment features the new Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory. Senior Editor Nic de Sena brings us his report on the flagship version of Aprilia’s upright middleweight machine. He gives us insight into whether it’s worth spending the extra money on the Factory version, and also of course, whether this sporting Aprilia is really the motorcycle for you.
The next guest segment of Motos and Friends is brought to you by the faster and most technologically advanced, 2023 Suzuki Hayabusa—one of the most iconic sportbikes ever. Check it out in person at your local Suzuki dealer now, or visit suzukicycles.com to learn more.
In this segment, Associate Editor Teejay Adams chats with (arguably) one of the most interesting Suzuki race riders of all time. the iconic RG500 alongside teammate double World Champion Barry Sheene. The two were almost as famous for their exploits off-track, as for their success on it. Those were the days! Steve also raced the Isle of Man TT for about ten years where he won 13 Silver Replicas, and got a podium finish. His insight into that particular brand of mayhem are fascinating.
But there’s waaay more to Steve Parrish than his motorcycle racing. He is also the most successful Semi-Truck racer ever, and, little known piece of useless trivia—he’s my birthday twin: 24th February. He is a natural entertainer and you can’t miss his recounting of the world’s most entertaining—and arguably terrifying—double-decker bus ride ever. If any of you were actually on that hell-ride then we’d love to hear from you!