Austin Moto3: Rins Captures Pole at Circuit of Americas

Estrella Galicia 0,0’s Alex Rins

Estrella Galicia 0,0’s Alex Rins

2013 Austin Moto3 Qualifying Results from Circuit of the Americas

Estrella Galicia 0,0’s Alex Rins dominated Moto3 qualifying session for the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.

Rins took the pole position for Sunday’s race, and will be joined on the front row by Red Bull KTM Ajo’s championship leader Luis Salom and Team Calvo’s Maverick Viñales.

Having already topped the final practice session earlier in the day, Rins proceeded to register a blistering lap of 2:16.396 and firmly placed his Estrella Galicia 0,0 bike at the front of the grid.

Salom proved to be the closest challenger, but was still almost half a second adrift while third-placed Viñales was the only other rider within a second of pole. Highly unusual as it may be for Moto3, but there were huge time margins between riders across the 5.5 kilometers of Circuit of the Americas.

Caretta Technology – RTG’s Jack Miller will start fourth, heading the second row from Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3’s Jonas Folger, who put in a committed lap to improve from 15th to fifth place on his final tour.

The Estrella Galicia 0,0 team completed the top six with Alex Marquez, who escaped from a scare at Turn 1, having been demoted by Folger in the last knockings.

Row 3 will consist of Avant Tecno’s Niklas Ajo, Ambrogio Racing’s Danny Webb and Ognetta-Rivacold’s Alexis Masbou, while Arthur Sissis rounds out the top ten for Red Bull KTM Ajo.

The 40-minute session was not short of drama, not least for La Fonte Tascaracing’s Hyuga Watanabe who experienced two falls; the second was by far the scariest, as the Japanese rider and Kiefer Racing’s Toni Finsterbusch touched in the braking zone for Turn 12.

The touch resulted in Watanabe’s front brake being pulled on fully, sending him flying over the front of his Honda. Following a check-up at the Brackenridge University Hospital in Austin, he was confirmed to have suffered a fracture of the T4 in his spine.

As the checkered flag flew, an incident took place between Sissis and Mahindra Racing’s Efren Vazquez; the duo shook hands before walking away. Sissis suffered some pain in his right wrist, but was cleared of any injury with an x-ray.

2013 Austin Moto3 Qualifying Results from Austin of the Americas:

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 42 Alex RINS SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 KTM 225.9 2’16.396
2 39 Luis SALOM SPA Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 228.8 2’16.879 0.483 / 0.483
3 25 Maverick VIÑALES SPA Team Calvo KTM 227.5 2’17.100 0.704 / 0.221
4 8 Jack MILLER AUS Caretta Technology – RTG FTR Honda 222.6 2’18.303 1.907 / 1.203
5 94 Jonas FOLGER GER Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 Kalex KTM 224.9 2’18.570 2.174 / 0.267
6 12 Alex MARQUEZ SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 KTM 229.9 2’18.595 2.199 / 0.025
7 31 Niklas AJO FIN Avant Tecno KTM 228.5 2’18.618 2.222 / 0.023
8 99 Danny WEBB GBR Ambrogio Racing Suter Honda 218.0 2’18.899 2.503 / 0.281
9 10 Alexis MASBOU FRA Ongetta-Rivacold FTR Honda 228.3 2’18.906 2.510 / 0.007
10 61 Arthur SISSIS AUS Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 228.5 2’18.951 2.555 / 0.045
11 32 Isaac VIÑALES SPA Ongetta-Centro Seta FTR Honda 224.9 2’19.041 2.645 / 0.090
12 63 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN MAL Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 226.3 2’19.065 2.669 / 0.024
13 84 Jakub KORNFEIL CZE Redox RW Racing GP Kalex KTM 224.3 2’19.129 2.733 / 0.064
14 41 Brad BINDER RSA Ambrogio Racing Suter Honda 221.1 2’19.293 2.897 / 0.164
15 7 Efren VAZQUEZ SPA Mahindra Racing Mahindra 224.1 2’19.361 2.965 / 0.068
16 19 Alessandro TONUCCI ITA La Fonte Tascaracing Honda 220.5 2’19.485 3.089 / 0.124
17 5 Romano FENATI ITA San Carlo Team Italia FTR Honda 225.2 2’19.514 3.118 / 0.029
18 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA POR Mahindra Racing Mahindra 220.8 2’19.516 3.120 / 0.002
19 53 Jasper IWEMA NED RW Racing GP Kalex KTM 229.0 2’19.529 3.133 / 0.013
20 57 Eric GRANADO BRA Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 Kalex KTM 230.1 2’19.664 3.268 / 0.135
21 66 Florian ALT GER Kiefer Racing Kalex KTM 222.4 2’19.747 3.351 / 0.083
22 9 Toni FINSTERBUSCH GER Kiefer Racing Kalex KTM 228.6 2’19.891 3.495 / 0.144
23 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI ITA GO&FUN Gresini Moto3 FTR Honda 224.2 2’20.077 3.681 / 0.186
24 89 Alan TECHER FRA CIP Moto3 TSR Honda 219.9 2’20.138 3.742 / 0.061
25 65 Philipp OETTL GER Paddock TT Motion Events Kalex KTM 227.2 2’20.436 4.040 / 0.298
26 22 Ana CARRASCO SPA Team Calvo KTM 226.7 2’20.471 4.075 / 0.035
27 58 Juanfran GUEVARA SPA CIP Moto3 TSR Honda 216.0 2’20.544 4.148 / 0.073
28 17 John McPHEE GBR Caretta Technology – RTG FTR Honda 221.0 2’20.868 4.472 / 0.324
29 77 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI ITA GO&FUN Gresini Moto3 FTR Honda 221.2 2’21.166 4.770 / 0.298
30 3 Matteo FERRARI ITA Ongetta-Centro Seta FTR Honda 222.4 2’21.190 4.794 / 0.024
31 4 Francesco BAGNAIA ITA San Carlo Team Italia FTR Honda 221.2 2’21.484 5.088 / 0.294
32 29 Hyuga WATANABE JPN La Fonte Tascaracing Honda 220.0 2’21.498 5.102 / 0.014

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