2013 Qatar Moto3 | Red Bull KTM’s Salom on Pole

Red Bull AJO's Luis Salom (Moto3)

Red Bull AJO’s Luis Salom (Moto3)

2013 Qatar Moto3 Qualifying Results

Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Luis Salom will head an all-Spanish front row for the opening Moto3 race of 2013 at Losail International Circuit for the Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar.

The Mallorcan topped Saturday’s qualifying session from Team Calvo’s Maverick Viñales and Estrella Galicia 0,0’s Alex Rins.

Despite no less than 32 bikes in the field and plenty of sand remaining off the racing line at the desert circuit, times continued to tumble and fluctuate across the course of the 40 minutes, as the fight for pole quickly transpired to be between the eventual front row men plus Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3’s Jonas Folger and Mahindra Racing’s Miguel Oliveira.

Returning to the top with two minutes to go, Salom navigated his way around slower runners to go even quicker as the chequered flag flew, sealing pole with a lap time of 2’07.229. This edged out Viñales by a tenth of a second, as he fought through the pain following his testing accident at Jerez, from which the stitches had been removed only two days ago.

Rins had been fastest for much of the session and also sealed his front row spot with a last-gasp effort, moving ahead of Folger as Oliveira returned to the second row and fifth place. Sixth on the grid will be CIP Moto3’s Alan Techer, with the Frenchman having beaten Redox RW Racing GP’s Jakub Kornfeil who heads the third row. Efrén Vázquez and Alex Márquez complete Row 3 for Mahindra and Estrella Galicia respectively, with Australia’s Arthur Sissis rounding out the top ten for Red Bull KTM Ajo.

Further down the field female rider Ana Carrasco impressed by sealing 23rd spot for Team Calvo, despite having missed out on track time for much of the weekend so far due to technical issues.

2013 Qatar Moto3 Qualifying Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 39 Luis SALOM SPA Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 224.8 2’07.229
2 25 Maverick VIÑALES SPA Team Calvo KTM 225.5 2’07.337 0.108 / 0.108
3 42 Alex RINS SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 KTM 220.3 2’07.596 0.367 / 0.259
4 94 Jonas FOLGER GER Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 Kalex KTM 219.7 2’07.894 0.665 / 0.298
5 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA POR Mahindra Racing Mahindra 226.1 2’08.409 1.180 / 0.515
6 89 Alan TECHER FRA CIP Moto3 TSR Honda 222.3 2’08.471 1.242 / 0.062
7 84 Jakub KORNFEIL CZE Redox RW Racing GP Kalex KTM 220.6 2’08.482 1.253 / 0.011
8 7 Efren VAZQUEZ SPA Mahindra Racing Mahindra 230.0 2’08.521 1.292 / 0.039
9 12 Alex MARQUEZ SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 KTM 234.4 2’08.556 1.327 / 0.035
10 61 Arthur SISSIS AUS Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 227.5 2’08.567 1.338 / 0.011
11 63 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN MAL Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 222.7 2’08.575 1.346 / 0.008
12 5 Romano FENATI ITA San Carlo Team Italia FTR Honda 225.0 2’08.784 1.555 / 0.209
13 32 Isaac VIÑALES SPA Bimbo-Ongetta-Centro Seta FTR Honda 222.4 2’08.988 1.759 / 0.204
14 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI ITA GO&FUN Gresini Moto3 FTR Honda 222.8 2’09.107 1.878 / 0.119
15 99 Danny WEBB GBR Ambrogio Racing Suter Honda 218.4 2’09.405 2.176 / 0.298
16 31 Niklas AJO FIN Avant Tecno KTM 228.3 2’09.750 2.521 / 0.345
17 41 Brad BINDER RSA Ambrogio Racing Suter Honda 213.1 2’09.885 2.656 / 0.135
18 53 Jasper IWEMA NED RW Racing GP Kalex KTM 225.4 2’09.911 2.682 / 0.026
19 10 Alexis MASBOU FRA Ongetta-Rivacold FTR Honda 225.5 2’10.158 2.929 / 0.247
20 17 John McPHEE GBR Caretta Technology – RTG FTR Honda 214.6 2’10.195 2.966 / 0.037
21 8 Jack MILLER AUS Caretta Technology – RTG FTR Honda 217.9 2’10.221 2.992 / 0.026
22 58 Juanfran GUEVARA SPA CIP Moto3 TSR Honda 223.6 2’10.443 3.214 / 0.222
23 22 Ana CARRASCO SPA Team Calvo KTM 224.7 2’10.520 3.291 / 0.077
24 9 Toni FINSTERBUSCH GER Kiefer Racing Kalex KTM 226.7 2’10.688 3.459 / 0.168
25 57 Eric GRANADO BRA Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 Kalex KTM 223.7 2’10.798 3.569 / 0.110
26 19 Alessandro TONUCCI ITA La Fonte Tascaracing Honda 221.6 2’10.939 3.710 / 0.141
27 65 Philipp OETTL GER Paddock TT Motion Events Kalex KTM 220.9 2’11.000 3.771 / 0.061
28 66 Florian ALT GER Kiefer Racing Kalex KTM 219.9 2’11.047 3.818 / 0.047
29 4 Francesco BAGNAIA ITA San Carlo Team Italia FTR Honda 223.1 2’11.284 4.055 / 0.237
30 77 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI ITA GO&FUN Gresini Moto3 FTR Honda 219.6 2’11.286 4.057 / 0.002
31 3 Matteo FERRARI ITA Ongetta-Centro Seta FTR Honda 223.0 2’11.775 4.546 / 0.489
32 29 Hyuga WATANABE JPN La Fonte Tascaracing Honda 222.5 2’12.542 5.313 / 0.767

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