British teenager Danny Kent splashed his way to a second successive Moto3 front row in monsoon conditions at Germany’s Sachsenring this afternoon.
The Red Bull KTM rider mastered treacherous conditions as heavy rain battered the tight and twisty Sachsenring track to set a fastest time of 1.44.474.
That looked like securing him a maiden Grand Prix pole position but home crown favourite and team-mate Sandro Cortese produced a stunning final lap to seize pole right at the end of the session.
Cortese’s time of 1.42.989 put the German a massive 1.485s clear of Kent.
It was only eight days ago in Assen that Kent scored a debut world championship front row and he followed that performance with a stunning maiden podium. He took third place in the Dutch TT by just 0.001s after a photo finish.
Adrian Martin completes the front row having finished just 0.015s behind Kent.
Moto3 world championship leader Maverick Vinales will start tomorrow’s 27-lap race from a lowly 24th after he struggled badly in the atrocious conditions.
The Spaniard, who has a slender seven-point lead over Cortese, was 3.6s off the best pace with a quickest time of 1.46.602.
British rider Danny Webb will start from 22nd on the grid after he logged a best lap of 1.46.046 on the Mahindra machine.