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MotoGP: Moto3 Germany: Kent holds on to pole after spill

Danny Kent continued to dominate qualifying with a new record lap, with not even a fall enough to dent his confidence as his time remained unchallenged in Moto3 qualifying at the Sachsenring.
Danny Kent continued to dominate in Germany in the Moto3 Grand Prix qualifying session at the Sachsenring with his fastest lap standing for an incredible 15 minutes after the British championship leader hit the gravel.

The Leopard Racing rider was just a viewer after a rare error saw him crash after moving underneath Max Kappler in an attempt to maintain his line.

Kent, who has topped every pre-race session, had already done enough to secure the top spot after completing just nine laps in the qualifying session, smashing the lap record after just nine minutes before lowering it further to 1m 26.420 immediately before his spill.

He will be joined on the front row by Enea Bastianini, who left it to his last lap to find something special and move up to second for Gresini as the chequered flag waved, still over half a second off Kent's top time.

The Italian displaced Karel Hanika, who prevents an all Honda front row by placing his Red Bull KTM Ajo bike in third on the grid, though he too had to sit and watch the session unfold after also falling on his ninth lap, with a front-end slide ending his session with 18 minutes left on the clock. Hanika equals his best ever qualifying result set at just the last round in Assen.

A late push saw rookie Fabio Quartararo move into fourth on a track he is visiting for the first time for Estrella Galicia 0,0. The Frenchman is joined on row two by Kent's team-mate Efren Vazquez in fifth and the second Gresini of Andrea Locatelli in sixth.

Jorge Martin was easily the best of the Mahindra riders in seventh on the Mapfre Team entry, with Jorge Navarro (Estrella Galicia 0,0) eighth and Niccolo Antonelli ninth after a wobble to the line on his final charge saw him miss the opportunity to improve for Ongetta-Rivacold.

Niklas Ajo took a top ten start after clipping his RBA Racing team-mate Ana Carrasco saw them both hit the gravel, leading to words between the pair back in pit lane.

Romano Fenati struggled again in qualifying and could only manage 13th for Sky Racing Team VR46 with a late faster lap.

Philipp Oettl (Schedl GP Racing) was the best placed home rider as Moto3's only regular German participant, in 16th on the grid.

British rider John McPhee hopes to improve in the race, though expects a difficult grand prix after placing 20th for SaxoPrint-RTG. His team-mate Masbou starts 12th but was one of the many crashers in the session.

Juanfran Guevara was the first to fall and was lead away dazed and dizzy after refusing a stretcher.

Miguel Oliveira's turn one crash during FP1 resulted in a fracture to his left hand. The Red Bull KTM rider takes no further part in the weekend's action after returning to Portugal for surgery.

Local riders Jonas Geitner (Freudenberg Racing Team) and Kappler (SaxoPrint-RTG) have wild-card rides for Sunday's race. They qualify 35th and 34th respectively.
by Lisa Lewis

Tagged as: Ajo , Oliveira , Fenati , McPhee , Kent , Vazquez , Oettl , Masbou , Guevara , Carrasco

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