Moto3 got qualifying under way ahead of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone with Alex Rins keen to forget his early celebration in Brno and starting in the best possible way as he powered to pole, setting a new record time in the process.
The Estrella Galicia rider set his best lap before his rivals began to trip over each other in the final minutes. It is his third pole start on the Honda this season.
|Rins talks to the media in Parc Ferme
He is joined on the front row by Go&Fun’s KTM piloted by Nico Antonelli and his Estrella Galicia team-mate Alex Marquez, who held the best time briefly before being bettered by Rins.
Enea Bastianini heads row two in fourth on the second Go& Fun bike alongside The Ambrogio Racing Mahindra of Brad Binder, who continues to impress for the manufacturer and Brno winner Alexis Masbou in sixth.
The factory Mahindra of Miguel Olivera sits in seventh, Championship leader Jack Miller eighth for Red Bull KTM Ajo in a tough weekend for the team and Team Calvo’s Isaac Vinales ninth. The Husqvara of Niklas Ajo completes the top ten.
Danny Kent was the top home rider in 12th, John McPhee placed 17th with chatter issues while wild-card Joe Irving was 32nd.
Romano Fenati again has it all to do in the race starting from 22nd for Sky Racing Team VR46.
Moto2 brought another display of dominance as Johann Zarco eased away from his rivals as the Silverstone track seemed to suit rider and bike perfectly – leading to the French Suter riders first Moto2 pole and a first pole for his Air Asia Caterham team.
|Zarco secured his debut pole for Caterham in Moto2
Photo: Caterham Moto Racing Team
Also on the front row are Mika Kallio for Marc VDS, 0.373s behind, and Simone Corsi, who’s consistency brought him third for NGM Forward Racing.
A visibly angry Tito Rabat starts fourth just his second time off the front row this season, the Spaniard hitting his fuel tank in frustration.
Joining the Marc VDS man on the second row are Jonas Folger, who was fastest in practice for AGR, and Interwettens Tom Luthi whos one fast lap propelled him to sixth.
British hopes for a good result in Moto2 sit with Sam Lowes who was the top home rider and top Speed Up rider in seventh.
Also on row three are Maverick Vinales in eighth, who had a fast lap cancelled for exceeding the track limit and Sandro Cortese in ninth for Dynavolt Intact GP. Italtrans rider Franco Morbidelli completes the top ten after picking up places tailing Lowes.
Dominique Aegerter was surprisingly low in the final standings, in 19th for Technomag carXpert.
Gino Rea had a late trip through the gravel on his way to 26th and Dakota Mamola 32ndreplacing the ill Nico Terol at Aspar. Jeremy McWilliams fell from the Brough Superior entry twice and was nine seconds off the pace, but should race after setting a time in practice within the 107% rule.
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