Danny Kent has labeled the first five laps as critical in Sunday's Moto3 encounter at Mugello as he looks to break clear of the chasing pack.

Kent shattered the outright circuit record by over three tenths of a second to ensure he starts Sunday's 20 lap race from pole position, ahead of team-mate Hiroki Ono and home-hero Romano Fenati.

After losing out on a podium for the first time all year at Le Mans, Kent wants to replicate his performances of Austin and Argentina to ensure he builds on his 37-point championship lead.

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"The plan for me is to try and go from the start. The first five laps are going to be really important. If I can get a good start I'll try and put in fast laps immediately on my second lap, try to maybe get that one second. The others are going to start seeing that and then they're going to start fighting even more. Basically [I want] a replica of Austin in Argentina.

"In Moto3 with the slip stream, in T4 even in qualifying, I'm losing half a second. So if I can get half a second and add a slip stream maybe it would have been one second to third place. In T4 I'm down in 19th place. Even if I pull half a second in the infield by the end of the main straight they're going to be back on me again.

"I'm almost going to be using more tire than them because I'm trying to figure out the infield. So if that is the case then I think it's probably better for me to sit behind them, see if I can maybe slip stream across the line, try and prepare if I have to fight for the last laps. But the plan for me is to try and pull away."

Although Kent claimed pole, his weekend has been far from straightforward as Italians Enea Bastianini and Nico Antonelli topped the time sheets on Friday. The Englishman revealed overnight changes for the bike gave him better pace on used tyres.

"To be honest, up until this race we more or less started the weekend with our base setting for every race. We tried it here and it just wasn't working. That's why we were struggling on Friday. It was almost the first time this year where you've had to make quite a big change with the bike. My crew chief done a good job.

"We sat down in the evening and looked at every possibility to see where we can improve the problems we were having. We woke up this morning and the bike felt a lot better. We went .41 faster than on Friday with used tires. So we knew going into qualifying if we can do that in the morning then we had a good strong feeling with the bike. Our confidence was good going into qualifying."

When asked whether he planned to make further set-up changes for the race Kent insisted he was content with what was under him in qualifying.

"We didn't change the bike from FP3 this morning. We changed the qualifying new tires and then that will be the same bike as what we have for the race. I'm happy. We're strong on the brakes so if we need to fight then we've got a good feeling from them and got good feeling with corner. Speed when I'm in the slip stream seems to be all right but we've just been trying to do lap times by myself. We're confident for tomorrow's race but it's not going to be easy. I know there's going to be a big group