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Kent overshadows all to claim pole

 Kent overshadows all to claim pole

Kent laps the Sachsenring over 0.5 sec faster than the rest of the pack to take pole, while 11 riders receive penalties.

The Brit rider crashed out of the session on Turn 6, taking wild card rider and local boy Maximilian Kappler (SaxoPrint RTG) out with him. Despite the uncharacteristic crash, Kent needn’t worry. Even after missing the last 15 minutes of the session, none of the other riders were able to get close to his pace, leaving us to wonder how many tenths he might of been able to shave off if given the chance.

After the session Kent stated that his crash was caused by a new rear tyre being used with an old front, resulting in the front pushing too much.

Joining the Brit on the front row are Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing Team Moto3) and Karel Hanika (Red Bull KTM Ajo). Bastianini was denied his 3rd pole position in a row today, the Italian having claimed pole in Catalunya and Assen. This is also the second front row start in a row for Hanika, having started from 3rd in Assen to finish the race in 8th.

French rookie Fabio Quartararo (Estrella Galicia 0,0) will start from 4th on the grid, ahead of Efrén Vázquez (Leopard Racing) in 5th. Vazquez ended the session 0.585 sec off the pace set by his team mate Kent.

Andrea Locatelli (Gresini Racing Team Moto3) claimed 6th on the grid and will be followed by Spaniards Jorge Martín (Mapfre Team Mahindra) and Jorge Navarro (Estrella Galicia 0,0) in 7th and 8th respectively.

That leaves Niccolò Antonelli (Ongetta-Rivacold) and Niklas Ajo (RBA Racing Team) to round out the top ten.

It was an interesting session for Finnish rider Ajo once again. He followed up his spectacular save in Assen with a rather spectacular crash here at the Sachsenring. He ran in to the back of team mate Ana Carrasco on the last corner - Ana wasn't lapping at full pace at the time, possibly with the intention of entering the pits after the turn.

Miguel Oliveira was conspicuous by his absence, as he unfortunately suffered a high side at turn 1 during FP1, ending his German GP weekend.

After the session Marria Herrera, Jorge Navarro, Andrea Migno, John McPhee, Ana Carrasco, Niklas Ajo, Isaac Viñales, Enea Bastianini, Andrea Locatelli, Hiroki Ono and Jakob Kornfeil were all handed penalties from riding slowly close to the racing line, thereby disturbing other riders. Race Direction imposed a three place grid penalty and a suspension from the first ten minutes of Warm Up for the 2015 GoPro Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland.

An update grid will be released Sunday.

The Moto3 action continues on July 12 at 08:40 local time with the warm up session, with the race to start at 11:00.

Tags:
Moto3, 2015, GoPro MOTORRAD GRAND PRIX DEUTSCHLAND, QP, Karel Hanika, Enea Bastianini, Danny Kent, Gresini Racing Team Moto3, Leopard Racing, Red Bull KTM Ajo

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