Motegi Moto3 | KTM Ajo’s Danny Kent on Pole

2012-motegi-moto3-ktm-ajos-danny-kent-on-pole2012 Motegi Moto3 Qualifying Results

In a typically exciting Moto3 qualifying session at the AirAsia Grand Prix of Japan in Motegi it was Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Danny Kent who charged to his maiden pole position ahead of Maverick Viñales and Sandro Cortese.

Kent looked in threatening form throughout the session, yet left it until the dying seconds to get his head down and take a dominant first-ever Grand Prix pole position with a time of 1.58’371, beating Blusens Avintia’s Maverick Viñales by over two tenths. The Spaniard also looked strong out on track, as he seemed to be benefiting from his recent engine upgrade. Kent’s championship leading teammate Cortese could not improve on his time in his final lap, yet maintained a front row start.

Heading the second row is AirAsia-SIC-Ajo’s Zulfahmi Khairuddin, who will be disappointed at missing out on the front row, after having shown top-three form in the preceding sessions. Team Italia FMI’s Alessandro Tonucci put in one of his best qualifying performances of the season in fifth, while RW Racing GP’s Luis Salom looked far from happy as he ended up in sixth.

Seventh spot on the grid went to Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3’s Jonas Folger, who twice had to stop with a mechanical fault, the first being attributed to a problem with the bike’s fuel tank breather hose. This grid position is particularly impressive, considering the lack of track time the German had throughout the session. Racing Team Germany’s Louis Rossi lines up next to him in eighth, while JHK t-shirt Laglisse’s Efrén Vázquez rounds out the third row.

Another rider who suffered bike problems was Team Italia FMI’s Romano Fenati, who had to wait in the pits a while for his clutch to be changed. And despite not looking entirely comfortable out on track, the young Italian managed to fight his way into tenth spot. There was only one crasher in the session in the form of TT Motion Events Racing’s Niklas Ajo, who walked away unhurt and was able to re-join the session.

2012 Motegi Moto3 Qualifying Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1. 52 Danny KENT GBR Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 211.5 1’58.371
2. 25 Maverick VIÑALES SPA Blusens Avintia FTR Honda 211.9 1’58.574 0.203 / 0.203
3. 11 Sandro CORTESE GER Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 208.8 1’58.669 0.298 / 0.095
4. 63 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN MAL AirAsia-Sic-Ajo KTM 212.3 1’58.951 0.580 / 0.282
5. 19 Alessandro TONUCCI ITA Team Italia FMI FTR Honda 211.4 1’59.072 0.701 / 0.121
6. 39 Luis SALOM SPA RW Racing GP Kalex KTM 213.1 1’59.097 0.726 / 0.025
7. 94 Jonas FOLGER GER Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 Kalex KTM 211.3 1’59.125 0.754 / 0.028
8. 96 Louis ROSSI FRA Racing Team Germany FTR Honda 210.0 1’59.213 0.842 / 0.088
9. 7 Efren VAZQUEZ SPA JHK t-shirt Laglisse FTR Honda 211.0 1’59.287 0.916 / 0.074
10. 5 Romano FENATI ITA Team Italia FMI FTR Honda 209.6 1’59.359 0.988 / 0.072
11. 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA POR Estrella Galicia 0,0 Suter Honda 205.4 1’59.494 1.123 / 0.135
12. 27 Niccolò ANTONELLI ITA San Carlo Gresini Moto3 FTR Honda 211.5 1’59.652 1.281 / 0.158
13. 42 Alex RINS SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Suter Honda 209.4 1’59.653 1.282 / 0.001
14. 61 Arthur SISSIS AUS Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 214.1 1’59.686 1.315 / 0.033
15. 23 Alberto MONCAYO SPA Andalucia JHK t-shirt Laglisse FTR Honda 208.7 1’59.904 1.533 / 0.218
16. 26 Adrian MARTIN SPA JHK t-shirt Laglisse FTR Honda 208.3 1’59.945 1.574 / 0.041
17. 12 Alex MARQUEZ SPA Ambrogio Next Racing Suter Honda 208.4 1’59.949 1.578 / 0.004
18. 41 Brad BINDER RSA RW Racing GP Kalex KTM 210.4 1’59.974 1.603 / 0.025
19. 84 Jakub KORNFEIL CZE Redox-Ongetta-Centro Seta FTR Honda 207.6 1’59.998 1.627 / 0.024
20. 89 Alan TECHER FRA Technomag-CIP-TSR TSR Honda 209.1 2’00.021 1.650 / 0.023
21. 81 Hyuga WATANABE JPN Project U 7C Harc Honda 210.8 2’00.044 1.673 / 0.023
22. 8 Jack MILLER AUS Caretta Technology Honda 206.5 2’00.177 1.806 / 0.133
23. 31 Niklas AJO FIN TT Motion Events Racing KTM 212.0 2’00.386 2.015 / 0.209
24. 9 Toni FINSTERBUSCH GER Racing Team Germany Honda 210.4 2’00.460 2.089 / 0.074
25. 32 Isaac VIÑALES SPA Ongetta-Centro Seta FTR Honda 207.8 2’00.526 2.155 / 0.066
26. 17 John McPHEE GBR Caretta Technology KRP Honda 207.6 2’00.755 2.384 / 0.229
27. 82 Yuudai KAMEI JPN 18 Garage Racing Team Honda 207.2 2’00.940 2.569 / 0.185
28. 30 Giulian PEDONE SWI Ambrogio Next Racing Suter Honda 204.3 2’00.987 2.616 / 0.047
29. 51 Kenta FUJII JPN Technomag-CIP-TSR TSR Honda 211.1 2’01.233 2.862 / 0.246
30. 28 Josep RODRIGUEZ SPA Moto FGR FGR Honda 206.3 2’01.256 2.885 / 0.023
31. 29 Luca AMATO GER Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 Kalex KTM 209.0 2’01.500 3.129 / 0.244
32. 99 Danny WEBB GBR Mahindra Racing Mahindra 205.1 2’02.362 3.991 / 0.862
33. 80 Armando PONTONE ITA IodaRacing Project Ioda 198.1 2’03.819 5.448 / 1.457
34. 20 Riccardo MORETTI ITA Mahindra Racing Mahindra 197.4 2’05.450 7.079 / 1.631