Phillip Island Moto3 | KTM’s Salom Earns Pole

KTM Ajo's Luis Salom

KTM Ajo’s Luis Salom

Phillip Island Moto3 Qualifying Results

Moto3 championship leader Luis Salom will start from pole position for the Tissot Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island.

Joining the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider on the front row will be Jonas Folger and Efren Vazquez, with Salom’s championship rivals Maverick Viñales and Alex Rins fourth and fifth.

Pole for Salom is his fourth of the season and second in succession, ending of run of four different pole-sitters from the previous four events. It came in the form of 1’36.890, serving as a huge confidence boost as the Mallorcan already carries a 14-point lead over Rins and a 26-point margin over Viñales.

Despite being injured in a highside crash in the San Marino Grand Prix in mid-September, Folger continues to deliver solid performances and the Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 rider will be lining up on the front row for the fourth time in 2013, whereas Mahindra Racing’s Vazquez went third on his final lap, just as teammate Miguel Oliveira crashed out of the session. On Row 2, Viñales (Team Calvo) and Rins (Estrella Galicia 0,0) may be required to work together should they hope to overhaul Salom at the forefront of the race.

In fact, Rins is sandwiched by the Viñales name on the second row, as Maverick’s elder cousin Isaac (Ongetta-Centro Seta) will line up sixth. Celebrating a career-best qualifying result, Team Calvo’s Ana Carrasco achieved seventh position to make it six Spaniards in the top seven places, joined on Row 3 by the crashed Oliveira and Ajo’s Zulfahmi Khairuddin, who escaped both a fall and a lurid off-track moment on the exit of the final corner.

Leading Australian representative Jack Miller will start tenth for Caretta Technology – RTG, with compatriot Arthur Sissis 16th for Ajo.

2013 Phillip Island 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 244.3 1’36.890
2 94 Jonas FOLGER GER Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 Kalex KTM 239.8 1’37.268 0.378 / 0.378
3 7 Efren VAZQUEZ SPA Mahindra Racing Mahindra 242.7 1’37.292 0.402 / 0.024
4 25 Maverick VIÑALES SPA Team Calvo KTM 243.2 1’37.361 0.471 / 0.069
5 42 Alex RINS SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 KTM 245.3 1’37.382 0.492 / 0.021
6 32 Isaac VIÑALES SPA Ongetta-Centro Seta FTR Honda 235.7 1’37.543 0.653 / 0.161
7 22 Ana CARRASCO SPA Team Calvo KTM 245.2 1’37.544 0.654 / 0.001
8 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA POR Mahindra Racing Mahindra 243.9 1’37.553 0.663 / 0.009
9 63 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN MAL Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 242.0 1’37.685 0.795 / 0.132
10 8 Jack MILLER AUS Caretta Technology – RTG FTR Honda 244.0 1’37.747 0.857 / 0.062
11 10 Alexis MASBOU FRA Ongetta-Rivacold FTR Honda 242.4 1’37.774 0.884 / 0.027
12 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI ITA GO&FUN Gresini Moto3 FTR Honda 240.4 1’37.847 0.957 / 0.073
13 12 Alex MARQUEZ SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 KTM 245.5 1’37.875 0.985 / 0.028
14 84 Jakub KORNFEIL CZE Redox RW Racing GP Kalex KTM 237.9 1’38.074 1.184 / 0.199
15 41 Brad BINDER RSA Ambrogio Racing Mahindra 239.4 1’38.077 1.187 / 0.003
16 61 Arthur SISSIS AUS Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 244.7 1’38.111 1.221 / 0.034
17 5 Romano FENATI ITA San Carlo Team Italia FTR Honda 240.5 1’38.124 1.234 / 0.013
18 89 Alan TECHER FRA CIP Moto3 TSR Honda 238.7 1’38.164 1.274 / 0.040
19 17 John MCPHEE GBR Caretta Technology – RTG FTR Honda 242.3 1’38.182 1.292 / 0.018
20 65 Philipp OETTL GER Interwetten Paddock Moto3 Kalex KTM 241.2 1’38.258 1.368 / 0.076
21 31 Niklas AJO FIN Avant Tecno KTM 242.3 1’38.372 1.482 / 0.114
22 4 Francesco BAGNAIA ITA San Carlo Team Italia FTR Honda 242.8 1’38.488 1.598 / 0.116
23 11 Livio LOI BEL Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex KTM 243.8 1’38.637 1.747 / 0.149
24 3 Matteo FERRARI ITA Ongetta-Centro Seta FTR Honda 239.4 1’38.701 1.811 / 0.064
25 53 Jasper IWEMA NED RW Racing GP Kalex KTM 239.6 1’38.753 1.863 / 0.052
26 57 Eric GRANADO BRA Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 Kalex KTM 241.3 1’38.802 1.912 / 0.049
27 43 Luca GRUENWALD GER Kiefer Racing Kalex KTM 240.3 1’38.813 1.923 / 0.011
28 77 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI ITA GO&FUN Gresini Moto3 FTR Honda 234.2 1’38.835 1.945 / 0.022
29 9 Toni FINSTERBUSCH GER Kiefer Racing Kalex KTM 245.1 1’38.892 2.002 / 0.057
30 21 Luca AMATO GER Ambrogio Racing Mahindra 239.7 1’39.228 2.338 / 0.336
31 58 Juanfran GUEVARA SPA CIP Moto3 TSR Honda 238.7 1’39.277 2.387 / 0.049
32 29 Hyuga WATANABE JPN La Fonte Tascaracing FTR Honda 237.4 1’39.350 2.460 / 0.073
33 80 Hafiq AZMI MAL La Fonte Tascaracing FTR Honda 236.6 1’40.945 4.055 / 1.595
34 75 Lachlan KAVNEY AUS Bullet Racing Bullet 231.5 1’43.421 6.531 / 2.476
47 Callum BARKER AUS Barker – McVey Racing Honda 218.6 1’45.949 9.059 / 2.528

 

 

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