Moto3 Argentina: Miller on top once again

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Jack Miller has dominated another qualifying session to put his KTM Ajo Red Bull bike on pole for tomorrow’s Argentina Moto3 Grand Prix, responding to every fast lap time his rivals were able to post, to finish the session 0.052 ahead of title rival Efren Vazquez.

Vazquez was a further 0.3 ahead of Brit Danny Kent, bouncing back form a difficult two opening rounds to come on strong this weekend. Running with Miller and fellow teammate Ajo, the trio were able to slipstream each other to fast times.

Speaking afterwards, he said: “All weekend we’ve felt strong, and we went faster this morning despite using old tyres, which allowed us to keep new rubber for this session. We’ve had a bad two opening races, but I’ve been working a lot harder, and now we know we can do it.”

Jakub Kornfeil was fourth, with the second row filled out with the VR46 Sky Italia KTM teammates of Fenati and Bagnaia, who also took advantage of slipstreaming each other to fast laps.

John McPhee was twelfth despite setting a overall fastest sector on his last lap, before catching slower riders and being forced to abort the lap.

However, the Scottish rider remained upbeat, saying: “It was a disappointing finish, because I was on a really good last lap but it was as if the race had finished, because so many people were sitting up in front of me! But twelfth isn’t so bad, we’ve got the pace, and there’s a lot of positives to take from it.”

Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer