|Will it be three wins from pole for Kallio? Photo:Marc VDS|
Great timing sees Miller back in pole position in Moto3, while in Moto2 it was Kallio’s skill in the final section of the track which saw him power to the top of the timesheets in qualifying for the Misano Grand Prix.
Moto3 kicked off proceedings on a drying track as the sun finally shone in San Marino, and it was Red Bull KTM Ajo rider Jack Miller who managed the conditions best and timed his lap right as the rivals battled it out in the closing five minutes to seal pole with a time of 1m42.974s.
Second went to Niki Ajo. His best qualifying performance to date saw him put the Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo just 0.004s behind championship leader Miller.
Alex Rins takes the final spot on the front row, leading to a good mixed representation of manufacturers, with his Honda powered Estrella Galicia bike pushed hard by it’s Spanish pilot to hold third.
His team-mate Alex Marquez held on to fourth despite a late off. Also on row three are the top Mahnindra of Miguel Oliveira in fifth and British Husqvarna rider Danny Kent in sixth.
Italian Niccolo Antonelli took seventh for Junior Go& Fun, Isaac Vinales eighth for Calvo Team, SaxoPrint-RTG’s Efren Vazquez ninth and Ambrogio’s Brad Binder completed the top ten.
Romano Fenati again rescued a desperate session with 11th for Sky Racing Team VR46.
A late strong lap pushed John Mcphee up to m15th for the SaxoPrint-RTG Team.
Moto2 was a very tense affair with the top 17 riders all within a second of the top time.
That time of 1m38.043s was set by Marc VDS rider Mika Kallio, who found a major advantage by being the strongest rider by far over the final section of the track, allowing him to snatch a late pole.
His team-mate Rabat was just +0.067s off his pace, and looked frustrated, kicking out near Ricky Cardus as he found traffic to be one area of annoyance on his way to second.
Third went to Tom Luthi, the Interwetten rider had set the pace in the early stages and was still lapping quickly as he bettered his own time to secure third, the top Suter behind the Marc VDS Kalex duo.
Fourth went to Maverick Vinales, who fought his rocking Paginas Amarillas HP 40 bike up the order. The Spaniard is joined on row two by Technomag carXpert rider Dominique Aegerter in fifth and AirAsia Caterham’s Johann Zarco in sixth.
A best ever qualifying performance helped Tech3’s Cardus up to seventh, Taka Nakagami improved for eighth, Randy Krummenacher took ninth with an impressive performance from Axel Pons placing him in the top ten for AGR, despite an alleged incident with Mika Kallio in pit lane.
It was a tough day for the Moto2 Brits with the injured Sam Lowes in 24th for Speed Up and Gino Rea 28th for AGT REA Racing.