Le Mans Moto3: Vinales on Pole

2012-le-mans-moto3-vinales-on-pole (1)2012 Moto3 Le Mans Qualifying Results

In wet conditions at the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France in Le Mans it was Blusens Avintia’s Maverick Viñales who held his nerve to take pole position ahead of Efrén Vázquez.

After having had nothing but dry time at the French circuit, the Moto3 contingent struggled with the changed conditions, as many riders fell chasing grid positions.

It was however Viñales who put in a rain master-class as he took his first pole position of the season with a time of 1.55’865, ahead of Efrén Vázquez, who also achieved his first front row start of the year, even though he was almost a second behind his compatriot.

The front row is completed by Estrella Galicia 0,0’s Miguel Oliveira, who set his time half way through the session, before crashing, and being unable to challenge at the end.

It was a great outing for Redox-Ongetta-Centro Seta’s Jakub Kornfeil, who heads up the front row, just in front of Caretta Technology’s local favourite Alexis Masbou. Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Sandro Cortese rounds out the second row on the grid, after the current championship leader crashed early on, and only had the last 10 minutes to post a competitive time.

Seventh and eighth spot are occupied by Bankia Aspar Team pair Alberto Moncayo and Héctor Faubel, with RW Racing GP’s Luis Salom in ninth. AirAsia-SIC-Ajo’s Zulfahmi Khairuddin rounds out the top ten.

Riders that fell throughout the session included JHK T-Shirt Laglisse’s Adrian Martín, who fell on two occasions, Mahindra Racing’s Danny Webb, Andalucia JHK Laglisse’s Ivan Moreno, RW Racing GP’s Brad Binder, Oliveira’s teammate Alex Rins, Thomas Sabo GP Team’s Kevin Hanus, Caretta Technology’s Jack Miller, Cresto Guide MZ Racing’s Toni Finsterbusch, Mahindra’s Marcel Schrotter, and San Carlo Gresini Moto3’s Niccolo Antonelli.

Rins sustained a fractured finger in his right hand, while Finsterbusch has fractured his right collarbone. Rins’ ability to race tomorrow is being assessed, while the German has been declared unfit.

2012 Le Mans Moto3 Qualifying Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1. 25 Maverick VIÑALES SPA Blusens Avintia FTR Honda 201.6 1’55.865
2. 7 Efren VAZQUEZ SPA JHK T-Shirt Laglisse FTR Honda 1’56.847 0.982 / 0.982
3. 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA POR Estrella Galicia 0,0 Suter Honda 197.9 1’57.114 1.249 / 0.267
4. 84 Jakub KORNFEIL CZE Redox-Ongetta-Centro Seta FTR Honda 196.7 1’57.392 1.527 / 0.278
5. 10 Alexis MASBOU FRA Caretta Technology Honda 197.9 1’57.673 1.808 / 0.281
6. 11 Sandro CORTESE GER Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 198.5 1’57.801 1.936 / 0.128
7. 23 Alberto MONCAYO SPA Bankia Aspar Team Kalex KTM 196.5 1’57.846 1.981 / 0.045
8. 55 Hector FAUBEL SPA Bankia Aspar Team Kalex KTM 198.8 1’57.899 2.034 / 0.053
9. 39 Luis SALOM SPA RW Racing GP Kalex KTM 197.6 1’58.000 2.135 / 0.101
10. 63 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN MAL AirAsia-Sic-Ajo KTM 203.0 1’58.133 2.268 / 0.133
11. 94 Jonas FOLGER GER IodaRacing Project Ioda 188.5 1’58.304 2.439 / 0.171
12. 26 Adrian MARTIN SPA JHK T-Shirt Laglisse FTR Honda 192.2 1’58.315 2.450 / 0.011
13. 31 Niklas AJO FIN TT Motion Events Racing KTM 202.7 1’58.563 2.698 / 0.248
14. 61 Arthur SISSIS AUS Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 200.1 1’58.570 2.705 / 0.007
15. 96 Louis ROSSI FRA Racing Team Germany FTR Honda 196.6 1’58.576 2.711 / 0.006
16. 41 Brad BINDER RSA RW Racing GP Kalex KTM 200.7 1’58.590 2.725 / 0.014
17. 52 Danny KENT GBR Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 198.5 1’58.673 2.808 / 0.083
18. 89 Alan TECHER FRA Technomag-CIP-TSR TSR Honda 198.6 1’58.679 2.814 / 0.006
19. 30 Giulian PEDONE SWI Ambrogio Next Racing Suter Honda 194.3 1’58.932 3.067 / 0.253
20. 32 Isaac VIÑALES SPA Ongetta-Centro Seta FTR Honda 192.0 1’58.938 3.073 / 0.006
21. 5 Romano FENATI ITA Team Italia FMI FTR Honda 200.6 1’58.978 3.113 / 0.040
22. 8 Jack MILLER AUS Caretta Technology Honda 192.1 1’59.233 3.368 / 0.255
23. 19 Alessandro TONUCCI ITA Team Italia FMI FTR Honda 199.3 1’59.251 3.386 / 0.018
24. 15 Simone GROTZKYJ ITA Ambrogio Next Racing Suter Honda 195.7 1’59.335 3.470 / 0.084
25. 53 Jasper IWEMA NED Moto FGR FGR Honda 193.0 1’59.539 3.674 / 0.204
26. 42 Alex RINS SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Suter Honda 199.9 1’59.888 4.023 / 0.349
27. 27 Niccolò ANTONELLI ITA San Carlo Gresini Moto3 FTR Honda 195.7 2’00.129 4.264 / 0.241
28. 51 Kenta FUJII JPN Technomag-CIP-TSR TSR Honda 196.8 2’00.903 5.038 / 0.774
29. 21 Ivan MORENO SPA Andalucia JHK Laglisse FTR Honda 197.7 2’02.379 6.514 / 1.476
30. 9 Toni FINSTERBUSCH GER Cresto Guide MZ Racing Honda 195.4 2’03.240 7.375 / 0.861
31. 86 Kevin HANUS GER Thomas Sabo GP Team Honda 192.9 2’03.626 7.761 / 0.386
99 Danny WEBB GBR Mahindra Racing Mahindra 185.6 2’04.144 8.279 / 0.518
77 Marcel SCHROTTER GER Mahindra Racing Mahindra 192.8 2’05.206 9.341 / 1.062
3 Luigi MORCIANO ITA Ioda Team Italia Ioda 177.9 2’05.565 9.700 / 0.359