For the final flyaway race and the penultimate round of the season the paddock arrived in a hazy Sepang, with stormy weather predicted.
Moto3 got Saturday’s sessions underway with a late battle for pole won by Nico Antonelli, while Danny Kent was again frustrated (and later penalised) and could only manage sixth while Miguel Oliveira, who is the only other rider with a hand on the title, starts on the front row.
Moto2’s action was curtailed early when the predicted thunderstorm arrived meaning only those who got in a fast banker lap had a good time. Tom Luthi had done just that, a rare pole for the Swiss rider with a new lap record to boot
UPDATE: The following riders will move down the grid after receiving penalties not reflected in the original qualifying report:
Efren Vazquez – 4th to 7th
Danny Kent – 6th to 9th
Isaac Vinales 15th to 18th
Andrea Migno 24th to 27th
Manuel Pagliani 28th to 30th
Remy Gardner 30th to 31st
The action in Moto3 was constant and frantic but it was Miguel Oliveira’s early lap which stood until the final minutes when a perfectly timed lap by Nico Antonelli saw the Ongetta-Rivacold man climb to the top of the timesheets, also on the rise was rookie Jorge Navarro, who bettered all those trying to follow him – including Danny Kent, the Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider taking second.
Miguel Oliveira also improved and looked clam and relaxed as he placed his Red Bull KTM Ajo machine in the final front row spot.
Efren Vazquez,was accused by his Leopard team-mate Kent of not helping him get a better grid slot took fourth, Jakub Kornfeil placed fifth for the Malaysian Drive M7 SIC team. Sixth went to the British title hopeful after his late run behind Navarro saved him from a much worse position.
Row three provisionally sees Romano Fenati line up seventh for Sky Racing Team VR46, with another two Italians: Mahindra’s Francesco Bagnaia and Gresini’s Enea Bastianini joining him in eighth and ninth respectively.
Home rider Zulfhami Khairuddin takes the final top ten slot completing a fine shoing for the local Drive M7 SIC team.
John McPhee riding on painkillers after a big crash earlier in the morning starts ro 12th for SaxoPrint-RTG.
The moto2 qualifying session was technically over as soon as the rain arrived with Tom Luthi taking pole after a record breaking effort for the Derendinger Interwetten Paddock team.
The Swiss rider is Joined on the front row by new Moto2 champion Johann Zarco, eager to put an average Australian grand prix behind him for Ajo Motorsport, and the winner of the last round rookie Alex Rins for the Paginas Amarillas HP 40 Pons outfit.
Jonas Folger was in the pits after a huge crash from his AGR Team machine, he made the biggest gain from the arriving rain and kept his fourth place.
Lorenzo Baldassarri rode with Rins and sprung up the timesheets at the same time, taking fifth for Forward Racing with the second row’s final spot going to Dynavolt Intact GP’s Sandro Cortese.
Taka Nakagami was unable to improve in seventh for the Idemitsu team, with Sam Lowes in the same position for Speed Up in eighth while Alez Marquez saved a fall on his way to ninth.
Gresini’s Xavier Simeon had too done enough for a top ten start.
For the full Moto3 result click here.
For the full Moto2 result click here.