Folger Earns Pole for Aragon Moto3

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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. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1. 94 Jonas FOLGER GER Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 Kalex KTM 230.0 2’01.715
2. 39 Luis SALOM SPA RW Racing GP Kalex KTM 231.1 2’01.867 0.152 / 0.152
3. 11 Sandro CORTESE GER Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 227.5 2’02.041 0.326 / 0.174
4. 5 Romano FENATI ITA Team Italia FMI FTR Honda 226.5 2’02.202 0.487 / 0.161
5. 52 Danny KENT GBR Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 228.8 2’02.236 0.521 / 0.034
6. 25 Maverick VIÑALES SPA Blusens Avintia FTR Honda 227.9 2’02.362 0.647 / 0.126
7. 63 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN MAL AirAsia-Sic-Ajo KTM 231.0 2’02.387 0.672 / 0.025
8. 7 Efren VAZQUEZ SPA JHK t-shirt Laglisse FTR Honda 230.4 2’02.461 0.746 / 0.074
9. 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA POR Estrella Galicia 0,0 Suter Honda 225.1 2’02.571 0.856 / 0.110
10. 42 Alex RINS SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Suter Honda 220.9 2’02.763 1.048 / 0.192
11. 27 Niccolò ANTONELLI ITA San Carlo Gresini Moto3 FTR Honda 223.9 2’02.976 1.261 / 0.213
12. 23 Alberto MONCAYO SPA Andalucia JHK t-shirt Laglisse FTR Honda 229.3 2’03.012 1.297 / 0.036
13. 96 Louis ROSSI FRA Racing Team Germany FTR Honda 230.4 2’03.081 1.366 / 0.069
14. 19 Alessandro TONUCCI ITA Team Italia FMI FTR Honda 226.1 2’03.290 1.575 / 0.209
15. 58 Juan Francisco GUEVARA SPA Wild Wolf BST FTR Honda 220.8 2’03.412 1.697 / 0.122
16. 61 Arthur SISSIS AUS Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 232.0 2’03.414 1.699 / 0.002
17. 84 Jakub KORNFEIL CZE Redox-Ongetta-Centro Seta FTR Honda 226.7 2’03.588 1.873 / 0.174
18. 12 Alex MARQUEZ SPA Ambrogio Next Racing Suter Honda 225.0 2’03.635 1.920 / 0.047
19. 26 Adrian MARTIN SPA JHK t-shirt Laglisse FTR Honda 224.3 2’03.753 2.038 / 0.118
20. 31 Niklas AJO FIN TT Motion Events Racing KTM 227.4 2’03.888 2.173 / 0.135
21. 30 Giulian PEDONE SWI Ambrogio Next Racing Suter Honda 224.1 2’03.981 2.266 / 0.093
22. 29 Luca AMATO GER Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 Kalex KTM 223.1 2’04.030 2.315 / 0.049
23. 8 Jack MILLER AUS Caretta Technology Honda 223.6 2’04.405 2.690 / 0.375
24. 53 Jasper IWEMA NED Moto FGR FGR Honda 223.4 2’04.820 3.105 / 0.415
25. 9 Toni FINSTERBUSCH GER Racing Team Germany Honda 222.0 2’05.211 3.496 / 0.391
26. 49 Jorge NAVARRO SPA Bradol Larresport Honda 221.2 2’05.323 3.608 / 0.112
27. 17 John McPHEE GBR Caretta Technology KRP Honda 222.6 2’05.441 3.726 / 0.118
28. 99 Danny WEBB GBR Mahindra Racing Mahindra 220.2 2’05.547 3.832 / 0.106
29. 32 Isaac VIÑALES SPA Ongetta-Centro Seta FTR Honda 223.7 2’05.830 4.115 / 0.283
30. 89 Alan TECHER FRA Technomag-CIP-TSR TSR Honda 224.1 2’05.926 4.211 / 0.096
31. 80 Armando PONTONE ITA IodaRacing Project Ioda 221.0 2’06.259 4.544 / 0.333
32. 41 Brad BINDER RSA RW Racing GP Kalex KTM 225.2 2’06.882 5.167 / 0.623
33. 51 Kenta FUJII JPN Technomag-CIP-TSR TSR Honda 223.1 2’07.380 5.665 / 0.498
34. 95 Miroslav POPOV CZE Mahindra Racing Mahindra 212.9 2’08.406 6.691 / 1.026
3 Luigi MORCIANO ITA Ioda Team Italia Ioda