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.
Moto3 GP RED BULL DE LA REPÚBLICA ARGENTINA – QUALIFYING RESULT
|1||44. Miguel Oliveira||KTM||Red Bull KTM Ajo||1:48.461|
|2||52. Danny Kent||Honda||Leopard Racing||1:48.511|
|3||23. Niccolo Antonelli||Honda||Ongetta-Rivacold||1:48.665|
|4||7. Efren Vazquez||Honda||Leopard Racing||1:48.729|
|5||32. Isaac Vinales||Husqvarna||Husqvarna Factory Laglisse||1:48.883|
|6||98. Karel Hanika||KTM||Red Bull KTM Ajo||1:49.026|
|7||9. Jorge Navarro||Honda||Estrella Galicia 0,0||1:49.202|
|8||5. Romano Fenati||KTM||Sky Racing Team VR46||1:49.291|
|9||76. Hiroki Ono||Honda||Leopard Racing||1:49.302|
|10||33. Enea Bastianini||Honda||Junior Team Gresini Moto3||1:49.409|
|11||11. Livio Loi||Honda||RW Racing GP||1:49.413|
|12||58. Juanfran Guevara||Mahindra||Mapfre Mahindra Team||1:49.419|
|13||10. Alexis Masbou||Honda||Saxoprint-RTG||1:49.436|
|14||16. Andrea Migno||KTM||Sky Racing Team VR46||1:49.523|
|15||41. Brad Binder||KTM||Red Bull KTM Ajo||1:49.529|
|16||20. Fabio Quartararo||Honda||Estrella Galicia 0,0||1:49.567|
|17||31. Niklas Ajo||KTM||RBA Racing Team||1:49.597|
|18||21. Francesco Bagnaia||Mahindra||Mapfre Mahindra Team||1:49.617|
|19||17. John McPhee||Honda||Saxoprint-RTG||1:49.650|
|20||84. Jakub Kornfeil||KTM||Drive M7 SIC Racing Team||1:49.675|
|21||65. Philipp Oettl||KTM||Schedl GP Racing||1:49.708|
|22||95. Jules Danilo||Honda||Ongetta-Rivacold||1:49.806|
|23||88. Jorge Martin||Mahindra||Mapfre Mahindra Team||1:49.817|
|24||6. Maria Herrera||Husqvarna||Husqvarna Factory Laglisse||1:49.866|
|25||12. Matteo Ferrari||Mahindra||San Carlo Team Italia||1:50.027|
|26||29. Stefano Manzi||Mahindra||San Carlo Team Italia||1:50.078|
|27||2. Remy Gardner||Mahindra||CIP||1:50.088|
|28||63. Zulfahmi Khairuddin||KTM||Drive M7 SIC Racing Team||1:50.122|
|29||55. Andrea Locatelli||Honda||Junior Team Gresini Moto3||1:50.352|
|30||40. Darryn Binder||Mahindra||Outox Reset Drink Team||1:50.401|
|31||19. Alessandro Tonucci||Mahindra||Outox Reset Drink Team||1:51.153|
|32||24. Tatsuki Suzuki||Mahindra||CIP||1:51.169|
|33||22. Ana Carrasco||KTM||RBA Racing Team||1:51.654|
|34||91. Gabriel Rodrigo||KTM||RBA Racing Team||1:51.714|