MotoGP returned to our screens after the summer break as the paddock makes its way to the USA for round ten at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
‘The Brickyard’ saw a whole host of riders in both of the support classes back with a new found confidence, intent on putting in a good performance, but first up was Moto3 – where Danny Kent continued from exactly where he left things in Germany, by easing to pole.
It was business as usual for Danny Kent who secured pole just after the halfway mark with a lap of 1m 40.703 proving to be a marker too far for his rivals.
|Moto2’s Rapid Rookie Rins Photo: Pons Racing
The Briton will look to extend his championship lead further from the front after another confident performance on his Leopard Racing Honda took him to pole position for the fourth time this season.
Red Bull KTM Ajo rider Miguel Oliveira had been talking himself up as a rival after his wins moved him into third in the title hunt, and backed up his words with a superb late dash to secure second on the grid.
The front row is completed by a surprise third on the grid for Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Drive M7 SIC) back in form and doing enough to pin Gresini’s Enea Bastianini, currently second in the overall standings, to row two in fourth.
Also on row two are rookie Fabio Quartararo, learning another new track fast for fifth for Estrella Galicia 0,0 and Oliveira’s team-mate Brad Binder who starts from the sixth spot on the grid.
Last years race winner Efren Vazquez sits in seventh on the second Leopard entry, Niccolo Antonelli is eighth for Ongetta-Rivacold and Jorge Navarro ninth for Estrella Galicia.
The best of the Mahindra riders Jorge Martin continues to have a strong weekend and secured the final spot inside the top ten for the Mapfre team.
Fan favourite Romano Fenati continues to struggle with qualifying and starts 11th for Sky Racing VR46.
Saxoprint saw some small improvements with Alexis Masbou in 12th and John McPhee 18th.
Alex Rins had shown he meant business with a new best lap of Indianapolis in the final practice session, the rookie then translated his speed into a new pole position record which was not to be beaten, even by himself, as the track temperature started to rise.
The Paginas Amarillas riders best time of 1m 36.549 smashed the old record but looked touchable as many of the field posted fast times in the first two sectors of the track.
The Pons rider was the only man who had what it took for pole over the second half of the track, with Tito Rabat’s constant lapping and chipping away at the clock only good enough to keep him a near second for EG 0,0 Marc VDS.
The final front row place is filled by last years pole man and race winner Mika Kallio, riding for Italtrans this season.
Tom Luthi was pushed back by the flying Finn after slipstreaming his way to the front, an eventual fourth was the best at the flag for the Interwetten rider.
Luthi is joined on row two by Jonas Folger who left it late to secure fifth for AGR Team and a resurgent Taka Nakagami for Idemitsu Honda Team Asia in sixth.
A poorly Sam Lowes battled his body and his bike after a crash lead to much work and changes in the pits before returning to hold seventh, though he remained ahead of the troubled Johann Zarco, stuggling for pace this weekend in America and down in eighth.
Franco Morbidelli starts ninth on the second Italtrans entry just ahead of Sandro Cortese who secured the final top ten stating place for Dynavolt Intact GP after a great save kept his bike in one piece.
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For the full Moto2 qualifying result click here