Kent Dominates Moto3 Qualifying In Texas

Danny Kent stormed to his third career pole position in Moto3 after completely dominating the qualifying session at the Circuit of the Americas. The Briton was virtually in a class of his own with his competitors struggling to get within half a second of his Leopard Racing Honda, let alone challenge him for pole position.

Kent began the session as favourite having topped Saturday morning’s practice session but the afternoon couldn’t have got off to a worse start for fellow Briton John McPhee. Exiting the penultimate corner of his out lap, the Saxoprint rider glanced over his shoulder, only to encounter a touring Livio Loi when his focused switched back to the circuit ahead of him. The Belgian was pulling across the track at slow speed on the approach to turn 20 and McPhee was unable to avoid piling into the back of him. Although both riders were uninjured, they may have to explain their actions to race direction.

The session continued despite the collision but the red flags were soon out following a crash for Hiroki Ono which left the Japanese rookie prone in the middle of the track. Sensibly, race direction called an immediate halt to the session while Ono was treated but the youngster was soon back to his feet and able to re-join the fray.

Following the positive news on the condition of one rider, Leopard Racing were soon able to celebrate another with Kent  on top of the leaderboard on a 2:16.577 and the 21 year old was soon in uncharted territory with his next lap breaking the absolute circuit record. The main battle for the remainder of the session wasn’t between Danny and another rider, but the stopwatch, as he improved to a 2:15.344 by the finish.

Miguel Oliveira closed the gap to 0.485s in second with Andrea Locatelli putting in a career-best performance to take the final place on the front row. Niccolo Antonelli trailed his compatriot in fourth with Estrella Galicia duo Jorge Navarro and Fabio Quartararo rounding out the second row. Isaac Vinales will start seventh for Laglisse ahead of Qatar star Enea Bastianini and Francesco Bagnaia while championship leader Alexis Masbou completes the top ten.


Moto3 Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas: Qualifying Classification

PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time
152. Danny KentHondaLeopard Racing2:15.344
244. Miguel OliveiraKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo2:15.829
355. Andrea LocatelliHondaJunior Team Gresini Moto32:16.090
423. Niccolo AntonelliHondaOngetta-Rivacold2:16.101
59. Jorge NavarroHondaEstrella Galicia 0,02:16.144
620. Fabio QuartararoHondaEstrella Galicia 0,02:16.150
732. Isaac VinalesHusqvarnaHusqvarna Factory Laglisse2:16.335
833. Enea BastianiniHondaJunior Team Gresini Moto32:16.400
921. Francesco BagnaiaMahindraMapfre Mahindra Team2:16.417
1010. Alexis MasbouHondaSaxoprint-RTG2:16.576
1141. Brad BinderKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo2:16.735
1288. Jorge MartinMahindraMapfre Mahindra Team2:16.849
1358. Juanfran GuevaraMahindraMapfre Mahindra Team2:16.945
1411. Livio LoiHondaRW Racing GP2:16.954
1517. John McPheeHondaSaxoprint-RTG2:16.992
167. Efren VazquezHondaLeopard Racing2:17.012
1776. Hiroki OnoHondaLeopard Racing2:17.173
1895. Jules DaniloHondaOngetta-Rivacold2:17.434
195. Romano FenatiKTMSky Racing Team VR462:17.469
2098. Karel HanikaKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo2:17.485
2131. Niklas AjoKTMRBA Racing Team2:17.487
2216. Andrea MignoKTMSky Racing Team VR462:17.518
2384. Jakub KornfeilKTMDrive M7 SIC Racing Team2:17.621
2412. Matteo FerrariMahindraSan Carlo Team Italia2:17.653
2529. Stefano ManziMahindraSan Carlo Team Italia2:17.659
2619. Alessandro TonucciMahindraOutox Reset Drink Team2:17.894
272. Remy GardnerMahindraCIP2:17.894
2863. Zulfahmi KhairuddinKTMDrive M7 SIC Racing Team2:17.941
2924. Tatsuki SuzukiMahindraCIP2:18.024
3091. Gabriel RodrigoKTMRBA Racing Team2:18.303
316. Maria HerreraHusqvarnaHusqvarna Factory Laglisse2:18.631
3265. Philipp OettlKTMSchedl GP Racing2:19.073
3322. Ana CarrascoKTMRBA Racing Team2:19.181
3440. Darryn BinderMahindraOutox Reset Drink Team2:19.253