Folger Earns Pole for Aragon Moto3


2012 Moto3 Championship

The Moto3 grid was greeted by a continually drying track for qualifying at the Gran Premio Iveco de Aragón where it was Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3’s Jonas Folger who stormed to his maiden GP pole position ahead of Luis Salom and Sandro Cortese.

Under threatening skies but a track that was almost fully dry by the end of the session it was Folger’s time of 2.01’715 that saw him take his first ever Grand Prix pole position, with RW Racing GP’s injured Salom less than two tenths behind him in second. There had been concerns that Salom may not be able to contest qualifying after a crash this morning, yet he was declared fit despite a very sore shoulder. Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Sandro Cortese completes the front row in third, as the German was unable to match his compatriots pace in the final stages.

Team Italia FMI’s Romano Fenati heads the second row in fourth, having had a terrific session at the Spanish track, ending the afternoon just under five-tenths off the top. Lining up next to him in fifth is Cortese’s teammate Danny Kent, whilst the final spot on the row belongs to Blusens Avintia’s championship pursuer Maverick Viñales. Viñales had been lingering further back in the field when the track was damp at the start, yet soon made his way up once conditions improved.

In seventh, AirAsia-SIC-Ajo’s Zulfahmi Khairuddin was unable to repeat his top spot from this morning, but will no doubt be pleased with his performance. Next to him in eighth, JHK t-shirt Laglisse’s Efrén Vázquez looked as if he might make it onto the second row in the latter stages, yet was unable to match the pace in the final laps. Yesterday’s pace-setter, Estrella Galicia 0,0’s Miguel Oliveira completes the third row, with his teammate Alex Rins rounding out the top ten.

2012 Aragon Moto3 Qualifying Results:

Pos.Num.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTimeGap 1st/Prev.
1.94Jonas FOLGERGERMapfre Aspar Team Moto3Kalex KTM230.02’01.715
2.39Luis SALOMSPARW Racing GPKalex KTM231.12’01.8670.152 / 0.152
3.11Sandro CORTESEGERRed Bull KTM AjoKTM227.52’02.0410.326 / 0.174
4.5Romano FENATIITATeam Italia FMIFTR Honda226.52’02.2020.487 / 0.161
5.52Danny KENTGBRRed Bull KTM AjoKTM228.82’02.2360.521 / 0.034
6.25Maverick VIÑALESSPABlusens AvintiaFTR Honda227.92’02.3620.647 / 0.126
7.63Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDINMALAirAsia-Sic-AjoKTM231.02’02.3870.672 / 0.025
8.7Efren VAZQUEZSPAJHK t-shirt LaglisseFTR Honda230.42’02.4610.746 / 0.074
9.44Miguel OLIVEIRAPOREstrella Galicia 0,0Suter Honda225.12’02.5710.856 / 0.110
10.42Alex RINSSPAEstrella Galicia 0,0Suter Honda220.92’02.7631.048 / 0.192
11.27Niccolò ANTONELLIITASan Carlo Gresini Moto3FTR Honda223.92’02.9761.261 / 0.213
12.23Alberto MONCAYOSPAAndalucia JHK t-shirt LaglisseFTR Honda229.32’03.0121.297 / 0.036
13.96Louis ROSSIFRARacing Team GermanyFTR Honda230.42’03.0811.366 / 0.069
14.19Alessandro TONUCCIITATeam Italia FMIFTR Honda226.12’03.2901.575 / 0.209
15.58Juan Francisco GUEVARASPAWild Wolf BSTFTR Honda220.82’03.4121.697 / 0.122
16.61Arthur SISSISAUSRed Bull KTM AjoKTM232.02’03.4141.699 / 0.002
17.84Jakub KORNFEILCZERedox-Ongetta-Centro SetaFTR Honda226.72’03.5881.873 / 0.174
18.12Alex MARQUEZSPAAmbrogio Next RacingSuter Honda225.02’03.6351.920 / 0.047
19.26Adrian MARTINSPAJHK t-shirt LaglisseFTR Honda224.32’03.7532.038 / 0.118
20.31Niklas AJOFINTT Motion Events RacingKTM227.42’03.8882.173 / 0.135
21.30Giulian PEDONESWIAmbrogio Next RacingSuter Honda224.12’03.9812.266 / 0.093
22.29Luca AMATOGERMapfre Aspar Team Moto3Kalex KTM223.12’04.0302.315 / 0.049
23.8Jack MILLERAUSCaretta TechnologyHonda223.62’04.4052.690 / 0.375
24.53Jasper IWEMANEDMoto FGRFGR Honda223.42’04.8203.105 / 0.415
25.9Toni FINSTERBUSCHGERRacing Team GermanyHonda222.02’05.2113.496 / 0.391
26.49Jorge NAVARROSPABradol LarresportHonda221.22’05.3233.608 / 0.112
27.17John McPHEEGBRCaretta TechnologyKRP Honda222.62’05.4413.726 / 0.118
28.99Danny WEBBGBRMahindra RacingMahindra220.22’05.5473.832 / 0.106
29.32Isaac VIÑALESSPAOngetta-Centro SetaFTR Honda223.72’05.8304.115 / 0.283
30.89Alan TECHERFRATechnomag-CIP-TSRTSR Honda224.12’05.9264.211 / 0.096
31.80Armando PONTONEITAIodaRacing ProjectIoda221.02’06.2594.544 / 0.333
32.41Brad BINDERRSARW Racing GPKalex KTM225.22’06.8825.167 / 0.623
33.51Kenta FUJIIJPNTechnomag-CIP-TSRTSR Honda223.12’07.3805.665 / 0.498
34.95Miroslav POPOVCZEMahindra RacingMahindra212.92’08.4066.691 / 1.026
3Luigi MORCIANOITAIoda Team ItaliaIoda