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Austin Moto3: Jack Miller dominates for maiden pole

Jack Miller claims his first pole position during Saturday's qualifying session for the Moto3 Grand Prix of the Americas from Austin, Texas.
Red Bull KTM Ajo rider Jack Miller built on the 'boost' of his first victory in Qatar by storming to his maiden Moto3 pole position at the Circuit of the Americas, with a domineering performance.

With fifteen minutes left on the clock Miller posted a 2m 16.342, setting a new qualifying lap record, taking the honour from Luis Salom. The time also saw him pull a second clear of Alex Marquez, then in second.

The Australian's time held with his nearest rival Efren Vazquez taking second on the grid with a late hot lap pushing him to finish with a time 0.349 off Millers pace.

Vazquez had been the in form rider from the practice sessions. Despite finishing FP3 on top, the class veteran struggled in the early part of qualifying, before the SaxoPrint-RTG rider recovered leaving him as the top Honda on the grid.

The final front row spot went to Estrella Galicia rider and last years race winner, Alex Rins. The team spearheading Honda's Moto3 comeback after KTM's dominance also filled fourth with Alex Marquez just behind his team-mate on the timesheets.

Fifth went to Niccolo Antonelli despite a late spill for the Italian, who reportedly has a stomach bug.

There was a scramble for position in the final ten minutes which saw fellow KTM rider Jakub Kornfeil move into sixth for Team Calvo, completing the second row.

Alexis Masbou heads up row three in seventh on the grid for Ongetta-Rivacold, while a determined Romano Fenati powered up to eighth for Sky Racing Team VR46 in the closing stages.

Isaac Vinales put a second Team Calvo bike inside the top ten by holding on to ninth position.

Brad Binder completes the top ten fastest qualifiers, but also crashed out in the closing seconds. The South African was the highest placed Mahindra rider.

Eric Granado was an early crasher, a highside from his Team Calvo KTM saw the Brazilian youngster land on his hip, but was fit enough to ride his bike back to the pits.

Joining Antonelli and Binder with late crashes were Scott Deroue and British rider John McPhee.

McPhee was the highest qualifying of the British riders in fifteenth though he and Danny Kent were stuck together on the timing screens all session.

Kent was just one place further down the grid, in 16th on his Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo.
by Lisa Lewis

Tagged as: KTM , Miller , Moto3

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