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Moto3 Indianapolis: Kent eases to back-to-back poles

Danny Kent set the standard with a new pole record during an early fast lap at the Moto3 Indianapolis Grand Prix
Championship leader Danny Kent bridged the Moto3 summer break by continuing where he left off, returning to take his second consecutive pole start ahead of round ten of the Moto3 championship in Indianapolis .

The British rider set an impressive time of 1m 40.703 aboard his Honda, aided slightly by a tow at the end of the lap from team-mate Hiroki Ono, for his fourth pole of the year. His lap shaved down the old record - set by Jack Miller last year - along the way.

Though able to lap fast solo, Kent's time remained safe as the rest of the pack battled hard to snatch second.

The final moments of the session saw Miguel Oliveira creep into the second spot on the front row for Red Bull KTM Ajo, living up to his promise to return to the championship fighting with a spectacular last effort - enough to take the place from Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Drive M7 SIC), who was demoted to third after impressing with a surprise return to form as the chequered flag waved.

The front row is split by just 0.108 of a second after the late efforts from the KTM pair brought them closer to Kent's best.

Enea Bastianini, currently second in the overall standings for Gresini, will look to make up points in the championship hunt from fourth after also improving on his final run out of the pits.

Fabio Quartararo may have been still getting to grips with another new track but was still able to put in a performance good enough for fifth for the Estrella Galicia 0,0 team, finishing the session as the top rookie.

Brad Binder took the final spot on row two on the second of the Red Bull KTM Ajo entries.

Leopard Racing also saw success with Efren Vazquez who will start seventh on his return to the scene of his first grand prix win, the only current rider in the Moto3 class to have tasted victory at the Brickyard.

Niccolo Antonelli (Ongetta-Rivacold) put his practice crashes behind him to secure eighth on the grid, with Jorge Navarro putting in an impressive save to keep his Estrella Galicia bike in one piece on his way to ninth.

Jorge Martin topped the timesheets right at the start of the session but it was his final lap which propelled him into tenth, the best of the Mahindra riders for the Mapfre Team.

Romano Fenati (Sky Racing Team VR46) just missed out on a top ten start in eleventh, but remained crash-free for the session after putting his bike through the mill in the practice sessions.

Alexis Masbou showed some promise for the struggling Saxoprint-RTG team in 12th, his team-mate, British rider John McPhee starts from 18th.

Remy Gardner's 17th for CIP is his best ever grid position, while Isaac Vinales; in his new seat at RBA Racing; replacing the injured Ana Carrasco, finds himself in 20th.

The Spaniard's replacement at Husqvarna, Lorenzo Dalla Porta, finished his first Moto3 qualifying session in 30th for Laglisse.

Germany's Philipp Oettl lasted just nine minutes before sending his Schedl GP Racing bike spinning into the scenery and too far gone to be repaired before the end of the session. The only other faller waited to the end of the session, with Matteo Ferrari crashing out as the flag waved to end the session.
by Lisa Lewis

Tagged as: Kent , Moto3

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