Oliveira Steals Argentina Pole from Kent

Miguel Oliveira handed KTM their first pole position of the 2015 season after pipping Danny Kent in the dying seconds of qualifying at Termas de Rio Hondo. The Portuguese rider only had a single pole position to his name before today but timed his late charge to perfection to edge out the championship leader who had looked comfortable at the top.

The session couldn’t have got off to a worse start for home favourite Gabriel Rodrigo, the sole Argentine rider in the field, who suffered a painful highside at turn five, adding to the two crashes he had on Friday morning. The RBA rider was stretchered away from the track and should he be passed fit to start his home Grand Prix tomorrow, Rodrigo will do so from the back of the grid.

Away from the mayhem, Isaac Vinales had matched the quickest free practice time with a 1:48.883 and it wasn’t until the final ten minutes that the Husqvarna was headed, Kent taking over on a 1:48.816. The Briton shrugged off a pack of riders keen to grab a slipstream from the Leopard Honda to go faster still four minutes from the end and suddenly, he enjoyed a quarter of a second lead.

Niccolo Antonelli had shown well earlier in the session and bounced back up to second in the dying seconds but the biggest improvement of all came from Oliveira who clocked the quickest ever Moto3 lap time of Termas de Rio Hondo, a 1:48.461. Kent and Antonelli claimed the remaining front row slots with Efren Vazquez beating Vinales to fourth after the Laglisse rider failed to better his early flyer.

Karel Hanika will start sixth on the second Red Bull Ajo KTM with Jorge Navarro seventh ahead of 2014 winner Romano Fenati and Hiroki Ono, the Japanese rider ensuring that Leopard Racing will have a bike on each on the front three rows.



PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time
144. Miguel OliveiraKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo1:48.461
252. Danny KentHondaLeopard Racing1:48.511
323. Niccolo AntonelliHondaOngetta-Rivacold1:48.665
47. Efren VazquezHondaLeopard Racing1:48.729
532. Isaac VinalesHusqvarnaHusqvarna Factory Laglisse1:48.883
698. Karel HanikaKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo1:49.026
79. Jorge NavarroHondaEstrella Galicia 0,01:49.202
85. Romano FenatiKTMSky Racing Team VR461:49.291
976. Hiroki OnoHondaLeopard Racing1:49.302
1033. Enea BastianiniHondaJunior Team Gresini Moto31:49.409
1111. Livio LoiHondaRW Racing GP1:49.413
1258. Juanfran GuevaraMahindraMapfre Mahindra Team1:49.419
1310. Alexis MasbouHondaSaxoprint-RTG1:49.436
1416. Andrea MignoKTMSky Racing Team VR461:49.523
1541. Brad BinderKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo1:49.529
1620. Fabio QuartararoHondaEstrella Galicia 0,01:49.567
1731. Niklas AjoKTMRBA Racing Team1:49.597
1821. Francesco BagnaiaMahindraMapfre Mahindra Team1:49.617
1917. John McPheeHondaSaxoprint-RTG1:49.650
2084. Jakub KornfeilKTMDrive M7 SIC Racing Team1:49.675
2165. Philipp OettlKTMSchedl GP Racing1:49.708
2295. Jules DaniloHondaOngetta-Rivacold1:49.806
2388. Jorge MartinMahindraMapfre Mahindra Team1:49.817
246. Maria HerreraHusqvarnaHusqvarna Factory Laglisse1:49.866
2512. Matteo FerrariMahindraSan Carlo Team Italia1:50.027
2629. Stefano ManziMahindraSan Carlo Team Italia1:50.078
272. Remy GardnerMahindraCIP1:50.088
2863. Zulfahmi KhairuddinKTMDrive M7 SIC Racing Team1:50.122
2955. Andrea LocatelliHondaJunior Team Gresini Moto31:50.352
3040. Darryn BinderMahindraOutox Reset Drink Team1:50.401
3119. Alessandro TonucciMahindraOutox Reset Drink Team1:51.153
3224. Tatsuki SuzukiMahindraCIP1:51.169
3322. Ana CarrascoKTMRBA Racing Team1:51.654
3491. Gabriel RodrigoKTMRBA Racing Team1:51.714