Danny Kent’s dominance of the 2015 Moto3 season shows no sign of ending after the Briton claimed pole position for the Indianapolis Grand Prix. The championship leader didn’t quite enjoy the same advantage as he had in free practice but ultimately, none of his rivals could stop him from taking his fourth pole of the year.
Kent kept an unusually low profile in the early stages of qualifying with his Leopard Racing teammate Efren Vazquez making the running, clocking a 1:41.093. Seemingly focussing on race preparation, Danny was languishing back in seventeenth but shortly after the halfway point, he unleashed a 1:40.703 to usurp his elder teammate, aided by a slipstream from his younger teammate Hiroki Ono.
Although he didn’t improve in the remainder of the session, Kent wasn’t challenged with the other riders squabbling over second, as well as clear stretch of tarmac. Zulfahmi Khairuddin looked to have timed his run to perfection, using a slipstream from Niccolo Antonelli’s Honda to snatch P2 with his final lap, but the fit-again Miguel Oliveira still had pace in hand, climbing from thirteenth to second on his last effort.
Enea Bastianini produced a typical late-session burst to grab fourth ahead of Fabio Quartararo with Brad Binder completing the second row on the second Red Bull Ajo KTM while Vazquez tumbled to seventh, just ahead of Antonelli and Estrella Galicia’s Jorge Navarro.
Romano Fenati recovered from a succession of practice crashes to qualify eleventh but Philipp Oettl paid the price for a fall at the start of qualifying, leaving him at the back of the grid.
MOTO3 RED BULL INDIANAPOLIS GRAND PRIX: QUALIFYING RESULT
|1||52. Danny Kent||Honda||Leopard Racing||1:40.703|
|2||44. Miguel Oliveira||KTM||Red Bull KTM Ajo||1:40.791|
|3||63. Zulfahmi Khairuddin||KTM||Drive M7 SIC Racing Team||1:40.811|
|4||33. Enea Bastianini||Honda||Junior Team Gresini Moto3||1:40.875|
|5||20. Fabio Quartararo||Honda||Estrella Galicia 0,0||1:41.062|
|6||41. Brad Binder||KTM||Red Bull KTM Ajo||1:41.092|
|7||7. Efren Vazquez||Honda||Leopard Racing||1:41.093|
|8||23. Niccolo Antonelli||Honda||Ongetta-Rivacold||1:41.129|
|9||9. Jorge Navarro||Honda||Estrella Galicia 0,0||1:41.186|
|10||88. Jorge Martin||Mahindra||Mapfre Mahindra Team||1:41.242|
|11||5. Romano Fenati||KTM||Sky Racing Team VR46||1:41.287|
|12||10. Alexis Masbou||Honda||Saxoprint-RTG||1:41.308|
|13||98. Karel Hanika||KTM||Red Bull KTM Ajo||1:41.310|
|14||76. Hiroki Ono||Honda||Leopard Racing||1:41.412|
|15||95. Jules Danilo||Honda||Ongetta-Rivacold||1:41.415|
|16||84. Jakub Kornfeil||KTM||Drive M7 SIC Racing Team||1:41.474|
|17||2. Remy Gardner||Mahindra||CIP||1:41.527|
|18||17. John McPhee||Honda||Saxoprint-RTG||1:41.555|
|19||31. Niklas Ajo||KTM||RBA Racing Team||1:41.585|
|20||32. Isaac Vinales||KTM||RBA Racing Team||1:41.770|
|21||55. Andrea Locatelli||Honda||Junior Team Gresini Moto3||1:41.806|
|22||58. Juanfran Guevara||Mahindra||Mapfre Mahindra Team||1:41.822|
|23||6. Maria Herrera||Husqvarna||Husqvarna Factory Laglisse||1:41.847|
|24||21. Francesco Bagnaia||Mahindra||Mapfre Mahindra Team||1:41.909|
|25||19. Alessandro Tonucci||Mahindra||Outox Reset Drink Team||1:41.942|
|26||11. Livio Loi||Honda||RW Racing GP||1:41.958|
|27||24. Tatsuki Suzuki||Mahindra||CIP||1:42.026|
|28||16. Andrea Migno||KTM||Sky Racing Team VR46||1:41.150|
|29||91. Gabriel Rodrigo||KTM||RBA Racing Team||1:42.230|
|30||48. Lorenzo Dalla Porta||Husqvarna||Husqvarna Factory Laglisse||1:42.318|
|31||12. Matteo Ferrari||Mahindra||San Carlo Team Italia||1:42.517|
|32||40. Darryn Binder||Mahindra||Outox Reset Drink Team||1:42.533|
|33||29. Stefano Manzi||Mahindra||San Carlo Team Italia||1:42.702|
|34||65. Philipp Oettl||KTM||Schedl GP Racing||1:42.726|