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Moto3 Indianapolis: Miller eases to third consecutive pole

Jack Miller makes it three poles in a row as Ajo team tactics pay off in qualifying for the Moto3 Indianapolis Grand Prix
Red Bull KTM rider Jack Miller looked comfortable on the way to his sixth pole of the season in Moto3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The Australian was in control from early in the session, when the pole time was set before the track got too busy for any real progress in the final minutes.

With the all the various Ajo bikes working as a team, the championship leader was the first rider to post a sub 1m 41 time, with the new track layout and resurfacing guaranteeing his best of 1m 40.727 ,the fastest lap of the weekend, set a new lap record for the Moto3 class.

He will be joined on the front row by the Hondas of Efren Vazquez of SaxoPrint-RTG in second and Alex Marquez's Estrella Galicia bike in third as the pair both came close to Miller's time but could not find anything extra to better it.

Romano Fenati finally found some qualifying form in fourth, his best grid position this year and just his third second row start for Sky Racing team VR46.

Mapfre Aspar's Juanfran Guevara used a lap behind John McPhee to gain a great slipstream into fifth, one of just a handful of riders to improve in the latter stages and the best placed Kalex KTM rider. Unlucky McPhee found his SaxoPrint-RTG pushed down to seventh.

Just ahead of the British rider was new Marc VDS charge Jorge Navarro who finished his first qualifying session for the team since replacing Livio Loi in an impressive sixth.

The Italian pair of Sky Racing Team VR46's Francesco Bagnaia and Alessandro Tonucci were eight and ninth respectively with CIP rider Tonucci the highest qualifying Mahinrda after a drop in form from their Sachsenring high.

The Ajo team formation riding was also of benefit to Karel Hanika, who completes the top ten.

Title contender Alex Rins' difficult weekend continued as he found himself down in 12th on the grid for Estrella Galicia. Rins was last seasons winner at Indianapolis from pole.

Alexis Masbou was the first faller, continuing an unfortunate Saturday after technical issues hampered his progress in FP3. The Frenchman recovered to start 11th.

Niklas Ajo was the next casualty, unable to ride his Husqvarna anywhere as the handlebars were bent downwards. The mechanics worked wonders and the Finn returned to the track for the final three minutes, placing 13th on the grid

Zulfahmi Khairuddin was the final crasher. His Ongetta-AirAsia bike spun through the gravel as the session drew to a close leaving him unable to improve from 15th after a strong start.

Husqvarna rider Danny Kent had looked resettled and ready to improve in the second half of the season but starts 17th, though he can take some positivity from the fact all the top 17 were all within a second of Miller's top time.

Fridays fastest rider Isaac Vinales saw his Calvo bike fail with fifteen minutes remaining leaving him in an unfortunate 22nd.
by Lisa Lewis

Tagged as: KTM , Miller , Moto3

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