Moto3 got qualifying under way on Saturday for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
Vinales claimed his second pole of the season for Team Calvo ahead of front row regulars Alex Rins and Luis Salom.
The 2012 race winner will be looking to maintain his perfect podium record from pole after storming to the top of the timesheets, Rins being forced to settle for second on the all KTM front row.
The injury carrying Salom was hampered on his way to third by a glut of riders itching for a tow, the Red Bull KTM rider finding it hard to find space on one of the widest and longest circuits on the calendar.
Fourth went to the fast Honda of Jack Miller, just missing out on the front row once again for Caretta Technology.
|Back on the pace -Vinales Photo: Team Calvo
Jonas Folger sits in fifth on the grid for Aspar, ahead of Alex Marquez who held onto a decent grid position in sixth despite mangling his Estrella Galicia bike during the session.
The third row has Isaac Vinales for Ongetta Centro-Seta in seventh ahead of Mahindra rider Miguel Oliveira in eighth and Go & Fun Gresini rider Niccolo Antonelli in ninth, Alexis Masbou completes the top ten fastest riders for Ongetta-Rivacold.
John McPhee starts his home Grand Prix from 19th. There are also British wild-cards for Racing Steps Foundation riders Wayne Ryan and Kyle ride, who qualified in 33rd and 35th.
Moto2 saw Redding’s fancy bike/helmet/leathers combo bring him a lot of attention, but he missed out on pole to Takaaki Nakagami by the smallest of margins.
For Nakagami, who set the early pace on the Italtrans and was fairly dominant over the course of the session, it is his third pole and second consecutive after also taking the position in Brno. After being second for two consecutive races he will be again looking fir his debut win.
For Redding, it is his eighth front row start this season, a big clue as to how he is consistent enough to still hold the lead in the championship. The Marc VDS is set up to run closer to how it did at the beginning of the season, hopefully leading to victory on home turf for the Briton.
Third went to Came IodaRacing Project rider Johann Zarco, the Frenchman having proven to be fast by topping Saturday’s FP3.
Fourth place on the grid is filled by Tito Rabat, the Pons rider lacking pace in the final sector, Fifth goes to Tom Luthi for Interwetten Paddock who experienced front end issues, while the final spot on the second row in sixth goes to Tuenti HP 40 rider Pol Espargaro – good news for Redding in the title hunt.
He will also have a Marc VDS rider chasing him down as Mika Kallio was the next fastest to qualify in seventh, ahead of Dominique Aegerter in eighth and birthday boy, Xavier Simeon, who turned 24 on Saturday takes ninth and Aspar’s Jordi Torres finishes the top ten starters.
British wild-card Gino Rea did an excellent job to start from 20th on the grid, fellow countryman Danny Kent did not have such a great day, his Tech3 finished up in falmes in the gravel, leaving him unable to take any further part in qualifying and down in 27th.
Moto3 Silverstone Qualifying Top Ten:
1.Maverick Viñales SPA Team Calvo (KTM) 2m 13.507
2. Alex Rins SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 (KTM) 2m 13.699
3. Luis Salom SPA Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 2m 13.948
4. Jack Miller AUS Caretta Technology – RTG (FTR Honda) 2m 14.523
5. Jonas Folger GER Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 (Kalex KTM) 2m 14.531
6. Alex Marquez SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 (KTM) 2m 14.609
7. Isaac Viñales SPA Ongetta-Centro Seta (FTR Honda) 2m 14.623
8. Miguel Oliveira POR Mahindra Racing (Mahindra) 2m 14.679
9. Niccolò Antonelli ITA GO&FUN Gresini Moto3 (FTR Honda) 2m 14.887
10. Alexis Masbou FRA Ongetta-Rivacold (FTR Honda) 2m 14.995
Moto2 Silverstone Qualifying Top Ten:
1.Takaaki Nakagami JPN Italtrans Racing Team (Kalex) 2m 7.039s
2. Scott Redding GBR Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex) 2m 7.078s
3. Johann Zarco FRA Came Iodaracing Project (Suter) 2m 7.079s
4. Esteve Rabat SPA Tuenti HP 40 (Kalex) 2m 7.127s
5. Thomas Luthi SWI Interwetten Paddock Moto2 Rac (Suter) 2m 7.152s
6. Pol Espargaro SPA Tuenti HP 40 (Kalex) 2m 7.213s
7. Mika Kallio FIN Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex) 2m 7.393s
8. Dominique Aegerter SWI Technomag carXpert (Suter) 2m 7.620s
9. Xavier Simeon BEL Maptaq SAG Zelos Team (Kalex) 2m 7.738s
10. Jordi Torres SPA Aspar Team Moto2 (Suter) 2m 7.927s