Moto3: Martin takes top spot as McPhee returns to front row

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Jorge Martin has taken his tenth Grand Prix pole position on a damp but drying Circuit of the Americas in Texas, timing his qualifying run to perfection at the end of the session to end the day half a second clear of the chasing pack.

Demoting title rival Aron Canet to second with the blistering lap time, they’ll be joined on the front row for tomorrow’s race by British racer John McPhee, finally returning to his 2017 form after a difficult start to the 2018 season on the CIP Moto KTM machine.

The changing conditions saw the racers start the 40-minute session on wet tyres and in the rain, but with the track drying out as the session went on the fast laps of the day came on slick tyres, only a second off this morning’s free practice times.

Tatsuki Suzuki was an impressive fourth despite losing one of his fast laps for exceeding track limits, heading up the second row from Fabio Di Giannantonio and Enea Bastianini. Rookie Dennis Foggia, Ayumu Sasaki, Marco Bezzecchi and Jaime Masia round out the top ten.

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer