Jack Miller heads grid in Moto3 Circuit of the Americas

Saturday’s Moto3 qualifying session saw Jack Miller (Red Bull KTM Ajo) take pole with a record 2’16.342 lap, with Efren Vazquez (SAXOPRINT RTG) and Alex Rins (Estrella Galicia 0,0) joining the Australian on the second row.

Alex Rins.

Qatar race winner Miller (pictured above at Losail) went into provisional pole position with the hot lap mid-way through the session and was a second ahead of his rivals until the final stages when Vazquez and Rins closed to within 0.347s and 0.556s respectively and secured their front row starts.

Row two meanwhile comprises Rins’ young teammate and compatriot Alex Marquez, in addition to Italian Niccolo Antonelli (Junior Team GO&FUN) and Czech rider Jakub Kornfeil (Calvo Team). All three qualified just over a second off Miller’s time, with Antonelli escaping unhurt from a crash.

Alexis Masbou (Ongetta-Rivacold), Romano Fenati (SKY Racing Team VR46) and Isaac Viñales (Calvo Team) all feature on row three, whilst Brad Binder (Ambrogio Racing) qualified tenth after a big crash at the end of the session. Binder looked okay after the incident and appeared to be uninjured.

There were also crashes for Eric Granado (Calvo Team), Alessandro Tonucci (CIP Mahindra) and Scott Deroue (RW Racing GP) all escaping without major damage being done.

Moto3 Qualifying Results
1. Jack Miller AUS Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 2m 16.342s
2. Efren Vazquez SPA SaxoPrint-RTG (Honda) 2m 16.689s
3. Alex Rins SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 (Honda) 2m 16.898s
4. Alex Marquez SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 (Honda) 2m 17.352s
5. Niccolò Antonelli ITA Junior Team GO&FUN Moto3 (KTM) 2m 17.380s
6. Jakub Kornfeil CZE Calvo Team (KTM) 2m 17.524s
7. Alexis Masbou FRA Ongetta-Rivacold (Honda) 2m 17.552s
8. Romano Fenati ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 (KTM) 2m 17.603s
9. Isaac Viñales SPA Calvo Team (KTM) 2m 17.647s
10. Brad Binder RSA Ambrogio Racing (Mahindra) 2m 17.958s
11. Alessandro Tonucci ITA CIP (Mahindra) 2m 17.975s
12. Niklas Ajo FIN Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo (Husqvarna) 2m 18.012s
13. Juanfran Guevara SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 (Kalex-KTM) 2m 18.017s
14. Francesco Bagnaia ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 (KTM) 2m 18.251s
15. John McPhee GBR SaxoPrint-RTG (Honda) 2m 18.312s
16. Danny Kent GBR Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo (Husqvarna) 2m 18.365s
17. Karel Hanika CZE Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 2m 18.518s
18. Miguel Oliveira POR Mahindra Racing (Mahindra) 2m 18.538s
19. Eric Granado BRA Calvo Team (KTM) 2m 18.557s
20. Zulfahmi Khairuddin MAL Ongetta-AirAsia (Honda) 2m 18.615s
21. Enea Bastianini ITA Junior Team Go&FUN Moto3 (KTM) 2m 18.615s
22. Philipp Oettl GER Interwetten Paddock Moto3 (Kalex-KTM) 2m 18.892s
23. Andrea Locatelli ITA San Carlo Team Italia (Mahindra) 2m 18.976s
24. Livio Loi BEL Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex-KTM) 2m 19.014s
25. Scott Deroue NED RW Racing GP (Kalex-KTM) 2m 19.074s
26. Arthur Sissis AUS Mahindra Racing (Mahindra) 2m 19.251s
27. Luca Grünwald GER Kiefer Racing (Kalex-KTM) 2m 19.299s
28. Bryan Schouten NED CIP (Mahindra) 2m 19.723s
29. Matteo Ferrari ITA San Carlo Team Italia (Mahindra) 2m 20.093s
30. Hafiq Azmi MAL SIC-AJO (KTM) 2m 20.682s
31. Ana Carrasco SPA RW Racing GP (Kalex-KTM) 2m 20.876s
32. Jules Danilo FRA Ambrogio Racing (Mahindra) 2m 21.222s
33. Gabriel Ramos VEN Kiefer Racing (Kalex-KTM) 2m 21.499s

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