Mahindra’s Oliveira Takes Debut Moto3 Pole at Assen

Mahindra's Miquel Oliveira

Mahindra’s Miquel Oliveira

2013 Assen Moto3 Qualifying Results (Dutch TT)

Miguel Oliveira has earned the first Moto3 pole position for Mahindra Racing, having set an identical Assen lap time with Estrella Galicia 0,0’s Alex Marquez just before.

Maverick Viñales will start on the front row for Team Calvo, whereas championship leader Luis Salom held pole until retiring from the session with four minutes to go.

A threat of rain saw the majority of riders streaming out of the pits in the opening moments with the sole aim of posting competitive dry weather lap times. No showers would come during the session, which resulted in a quiet patch before track activity increased for the final efforts in the closing 15 minutes of the session.

Red Bull KTM Ajo’s championship leader Salom looked to have sealed the top spot, but ran off-track and was unable to restart his KTM. His rivals proceeded to push hard and just thousandths of a second separated those filling places two to five.

Oliveira delivered 1:43.588 before Marquez matched it just seconds later; pole goes to the former – for posting the time first – and he becomes the first Portuguese rider in history to achieve pole position in any of the three classes of the World Championship.

Salom will start fourth and one position behind Viñales, who is his closest title rival, whereas Marquez’s teammate Alex Rins and Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3’s Jonas Folger complete Row 2; incidentally, the German saw one lap being removed for exceeding track limits. On the sidelines, Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Zulfahmi Khairuddin.

2013 Assen Moto3 Qualifying Results:

1 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA POR Mahindra Racing Mahindra 213.4 1’43.588
2 12 Alex MARQUEZ SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 KTM 212.1 1’43.588
3 25 Maverick VIÑALES SPA Team Calvo KTM 208.0 1’43.649 0.061 / 0.061
4 39 Luis SALOM SPA Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 208.4 1’43.671 0.083 / 0.022
5 42 Alex RINS SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 KTM 210.4 1’43.673 0.085 / 0.002
6 94 Jonas FOLGER GER Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 Kalex KTM 206.8 1’43.901 0.313 / 0.228
7 31 Niklas AJO FIN Avant Tecno KTM 210.9 1’44.330 0.742 / 0.429
8 32 Isaac VIÑALES SPA Ongetta-Centro Seta FTR Honda 203.1 1’44.424 0.836 / 0.094
9 61 Arthur SISSIS AUS Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 214.5 1’44.470 0.882 / 0.046
10 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI ITA GO&FUN Gresini Moto3 FTR Honda 204.9 1’44.769 1.181 / 0.299
11 53 Jasper IWEMA NED RW Racing GP Kalex KTM 212.3 1’44.812 1.224 / 0.043
12 10 Alexis MASBOU FRA Ongetta-Rivacold FTR Honda 207.7 1’44.814 1.226 / 0.002
13 89 Alan TECHER FRA CIP Moto3 TSR Honda 206.2 1’44.846 1.258 / 0.032
14 8 Jack MILLER AUS Caretta Technology – RTG FTR Honda 206.6 1’44.917 1.329 / 0.071
15 77 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI ITA GO&FUN Gresini Moto3 FTR Honda 203.9 1’44.931 1.343 / 0.014
16 11 Livio LOI BEL Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex KTM 212.8 1’44.942 1.354 / 0.011
17 7 Efren VAZQUEZ SPA Mahindra Racing Mahindra 209.4 1’44.950 1.362 / 0.008
18 84 Jakub KORNFEIL CZE Redox RW Racing GP Kalex KTM 209.0 1’45.093 1.505 / 0.143
19 4 Francesco BAGNAIA ITA San Carlo Team Italia FTR Honda 208.7 1’45.117 1.529 / 0.024
20 51 Bryan SCHOUTEN NED Dutch Racing Team FTR Honda 204.9 1’45.186 1.598 / 0.069
21 41 Brad BINDER RSA Ambrogio Racing Suter Honda 204.1 1’45.202 1.614 / 0.016
22 5 Romano FENATI ITA San Carlo Team Italia FTR Honda 206.1 1’45.235 1.647 / 0.033
23 19 Alessandro TONUCCI ITA La Fonte Tascaracing FTR Honda 207.4 1’45.278 1.690 / 0.043
24 17 John McPHEE GBR Caretta Technology – RTG FTR Honda 210.1 1’45.303 1.715 / 0.025
25 65 Philipp OETTL GER Tec Interwetten Moto3 Racing Kalex KTM 210.1 1’45.526 1.938 / 0.223
26 9 Toni FINSTERBUSCH GER Kiefer Racing Kalex KTM 206.4 1’45.553 1.965 / 0.027
27 57 Eric GRANADO BRA Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 Kalex KTM 209.6 1’45.626 2.038 / 0.073
28 29 Hyuga WATANABE JPN La Fonte Tascaracing FTR Honda 209.3 1’45.679 2.091 / 0.053
29 99 Danny WEBB GBR Ambrogio Racing Suter Honda 204.0 1’45.795 2.207 / 0.116
30 22 Ana CARRASCO SPA Team Calvo KTM 212.5 1’45.856 2.268 / 0.061
31 3 Matteo FERRARI ITA Ongetta-Centro Seta FTR Honda 209.4 1’46.125 2.537 / 0.269
32 58 Juanfran GUEVARA SPA CIP Moto3 TSR Honda 205.3 1’46.247 2.659 / 0.122
33 71 Thomas VAN LEEUWEN NED Racing Team Van Leeuwen Bakker Honda 206.8 1’46.292 2.704 / 0.045
34 66 Florian ALT GER Kiefer Racing Kalex KTM 208.2 1’46.897 3.309 / 0.605
63 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN MAL Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM

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