Kent Marches On With Indianapolis Pole

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.



PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time
152. Danny KentHondaLeopard Racing1:40.703
244. Miguel OliveiraKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo1:40.791
363. Zulfahmi KhairuddinKTMDrive M7 SIC Racing Team1:40.811
433. Enea BastianiniHondaJunior Team Gresini Moto31:40.875
520. Fabio QuartararoHondaEstrella Galicia 0,01:41.062
641. Brad BinderKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo1:41.092
77. Efren VazquezHondaLeopard Racing1:41.093
823. Niccolo AntonelliHondaOngetta-Rivacold1:41.129
99. Jorge NavarroHondaEstrella Galicia 0,01:41.186
1088. Jorge MartinMahindraMapfre Mahindra Team1:41.242
115. Romano FenatiKTMSky Racing Team VR461:41.287
1210. Alexis MasbouHondaSaxoprint-RTG1:41.308
1398. Karel HanikaKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo1:41.310
1476. Hiroki OnoHondaLeopard Racing1:41.412
1595. Jules DaniloHondaOngetta-Rivacold1:41.415
1684. Jakub KornfeilKTMDrive M7 SIC Racing Team1:41.474
172. Remy GardnerMahindraCIP1:41.527
1817. John McPheeHondaSaxoprint-RTG1:41.555
1931. Niklas AjoKTMRBA Racing Team1:41.585
2032. Isaac VinalesKTMRBA Racing Team1:41.770
2155. Andrea LocatelliHondaJunior Team Gresini Moto31:41.806
2258. Juanfran GuevaraMahindraMapfre Mahindra Team1:41.822
236. Maria HerreraHusqvarnaHusqvarna Factory Laglisse1:41.847
2421. Francesco BagnaiaMahindraMapfre Mahindra Team1:41.909
2519. Alessandro TonucciMahindraOutox Reset Drink Team1:41.942
2611. Livio LoiHondaRW Racing GP1:41.958
2724. Tatsuki SuzukiMahindraCIP1:42.026
2816. Andrea MignoKTMSky Racing Team VR461:41.150
2991. Gabriel RodrigoKTMRBA Racing Team1:42.230
3048. Lorenzo Dalla PortaHusqvarnaHusqvarna Factory Laglisse1:42.318
3112. Matteo FerrariMahindraSan Carlo Team Italia1:42.517
3240. Darryn BinderMahindraOutox Reset Drink Team1:42.533
3329. Stefano ManziMahindraSan Carlo Team Italia1:42.702
3465. Philipp OettlKTMSchedl GP Racing1:42.726