Championship leader Danny Kent believes he is in good shape for Sunday's Moto3 race despite narrowly missing out on his second pole position of 2015.

The 21-year old was on course for the fastest qualifying time while lying second until he encountered Zulfahmi Khairuddin on the racing line as the chequered flag was readied.

As Fabio Quartararo subsequently rode to his maiden pole position, Kent was pleased with the 'very good feeling' he has with his Leopard Kiefer Racing Honda.

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"It was a little bit frustrating because I could see from the TV screens that I had red helmets," he told Crash.net. "I could also see from the sectors that I was on a good lap. I was hoping for pole position and we had the possibility to do it but unfortunately we caught some traffic.

"Anyway that's part of racing in Moto3. I'm really happy again to be on the front row. We've got a very good feeling with the bike and we go into tomorrow's race feeling strong like we did in Austin and Argentina."

Looking ahead to Sunday's race, Kent revealed he will try and pull clear from the field for the third successive race. He is, however, wary of Quartararo's pace and foresees a two-way fight for the twenty five points.

"I think it's going to be difficult to pull away. I think me and Fabio have a very good pace. We are both quite strong. If we both use our heads there's a possibility for me and him to pull away. It could be a normal Moto3 race with ten or 15 people. The plan for me is to push from the start and do as fast laps as possible and see where we are at the end.

"To be honest we were very strong this morning. Then again in the afternoon we were second. For me I'm not worried. I think it [the heat] has affected other riders more than it has me. The race is at eleven o'clock. It's not going to be as a cool as this morning, it'll be somewhere in the middle. I'm confident. We've got a good feeling for tomorrow."