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Quartararo: local hero in Le Mans

Quartararo: local hero in Le Mans

The French rider takes pole for the second consecutive time under difficult conditions, while Kent languishes in 30th.

Before qualifying started rain threatened, making it vital to get out on track quickly and take advantage of dry conditions in case the weather worsened.

As soon as the session opened, riders took to the track in a hurry and set to work, hunting for an early hot lap. Fabio Quartararo and teammate Jorge Navarro Estrella Galicia 0'0 immediately took the two top positions of the standings, with Quartararo lapping in 1'44.763 and Navarro just 122 thousandths off his pace.

As feared, the rain increased and shortly after both riders crashed out on the same curve, followed by Jorge Martin (Mapfre Aspar Mahindra). The lap times of the two Estrella Galicia 0’0 team mates would not be beaten.

Quartararo said that they plan to use their grouping to their advantage: “Jorge has achieved the second position, so tomorrow we will try to make a group to push hard and take advantage. Achieving pole in front of the French public is very exciting. I feel a lot of support and it’s something very special. I think we have very good pace and I am sure that tomorrow we can do a great race."

Although Danny Kent (Leopard Racing) once again dominated the first two free practice sessions and clearly has what it takes to be fast at Le Mans, he will start from 30th on the grid after an unfortunate tactical error in QP. Kent said that he left the box late in the session to avoid anybody getting a tow from him & in order to get a clean lap. Unfortunately his box exit coincided with it starting to rain and he was unable to post a competitive time.

Yet the brit remains optimistic about tomorrow: “The result of this qualifying practice is more or less a big disaster. However, the points are there to collect tomorrow so I need to be aggressive as much as possible from the opening laps. We’ve shown a fast pace all weekend long so there is no reason why we shouldn’t be able to display a strong comeback and fighting up to the front.”

Karel Hanika (Red Bull KTM Ajo) qualified down in 24th, but he will start from the pit lane because of the penalty he received in Jerez two weeks ago: “Tomorrow morning I start from pit lane and I will try to do my best. The first laps will be tough because I'll be alone, but I will concentrate on doing my job and catching those in front of me. If we can score points, it will be like a victory for me."

Rain or not, these atypical circumstances will surely make Sunday’s Moto3™ race a great show as Hanika & Kent try to fight their way up through the pack.

To see the complete results of the Moto3™ qualifying session, click here.

Tags:
Moto3, 2015, MONSTER ENERGY GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE, QP, Jorge Navarro, Fabio Quartararo, Francesco Bagnaia, Estrella Galicia 0,0, MAPFRE Team MAHINDRA

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