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Oliveira snatches last gasp Moto3™ pole from Kent

Oliveira snatches last gasp Moto3™ pole from Kent

Miguel Oliveira beat Danny Kent’s lap record from FP3 to grab a last-gasp pole at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit in Argentina.

As the Moto3™ paddock took to the circuit for Qualifying Practice, the sun was out and the track temperature was touching 40 degrees at the Termas de Rio Hondo.

Leopard Racing’s Danny Kent had dominated practice over the last two days, and once more led the way throughout most of the session, before being pipped to pole in the dying seconds by KTM Red Bull Ajo’s Miguel Oliveira.

The Portuguese rider, who has failed to finish a race this season, delivered on the potential he had shown in the last two Grands Prix to take only his second career pole, and first since 2013.

Kent was just five-hundredths of a second back in 2nd place, ahead of the Italian Niccolo Antonelli (+0.204s) on the Ongetta-Rivacold Honda in 3rd.

Starting from the second row will be Kent’s teammate Efren Vazquez (+0.268s) in 4th, the Husqvarna Factory Laglisse of Isaac Viñales (+0.422s) and the pole-sitter’s teammate Karel Hanika in 6th.

Jorge Navarro, Romano Fenati and Hiroki Ono will form the 3rd row, with Enea Bastianini completing the top ten.

Unfortunately RBA Racing’s local rider Gabriel Rodrigo crashed for the 3rd time this weekend, and was taken to the medical centre for an x-ray.

Click here for the full results from Qualifying, the Moto3™ is scheduled for 13:00 local time on Sunday in Argentina.

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Moto3, 2015, GRAN PREMIO RED BULL DE LA REPÚBLICA ARGENTINA, QP, Miguel Oliveira, Niccolò Antonelli, Danny Kent

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