Following frustrating conditions on Friday and on Saturday morning, the Moto3 riders were finally able to get sustained dry track time in qualifying for the French GP.
The session was a positive one for the Red Bull KTM Ajo riders, and in a tight final timesheet, with the Top 10 separated by just 3 tenths of a second, Danny Kent took tenth.
The Le Mans Circuit again provided completely wet asphalt on Saturday morning, forcing the Moto3 riders to use wet tyres for FP3. Antonelli, Bendsneyder and Kent were first, third and sixth, respectively, in the first 20 minutes. Antonelli’s good feeling meant that he did not go back on track after his only stop in the pits, to avoid unnecessary risk. He was sixth -1:50.684-, followed by Danny in seventh -1:50.705- and Bendsneyder in fifteenth -1:51.806.
The Red Bull KTM Ajo team riders finally enjoyed their first dry session of the weekend in qualifying. They took advantage to provide a repeat of their good results from Friday, and all three were inside the Top 10.
Fine rain began to fall with 15 minutes remaining, although the Red Bull KTM Ajo riders went back out to improve their times once more in the final 5 minutes as wildcard Kent rounded off the Top 10 with a 1:43.186 best time.
Tomorrow’s Moto3 World Championship race will get underway at 11:00am local time.
52 DANNY KENT
“I knew that qualifying would be somewhat difficult, because since returning from Moto2 I have not enjoyed much time on this bike in the dry. All the previous sessions had been in the wet, so during QP I was learning and improving with each lap. I have to thank the team because they gave me a bike with a very good setup, allowing me to qualify only 0.3s off pole. Tenth position is not the best, but being so close to the first placed rider is very positive. We have to take into account that in the first dry session of the weekend we have all ridden very fast.
I feel good with the bike and there are only a few places where I have to work on my riding. We have analysed the telemetry and we know clearly what to change for tomorrow. I’m looking forward to the race, and I’m confident I can do well.”
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