Moto3: Salom battles to pole in Qatar

The junior and middle classes of grand prix racing provided their expected tenseness and excitement as both Moto2 and Moto3’s qualifying sessions went down to the wire, with the dusty track seemingly not troubling either group of riders.

In Moto3 Luis Salom stormed to pole with a new fastest lap around Losail under the Qatar floodlights. The runner-up in 2012 was fastest overall in free practice and continued his excellent start to his factory KTM career by taking the top spot for Red Bull ahead of title rival Maverick Vinales.

Vinales, who is still adapting to the injury he picked up in his Jerez testing crash and experencing pain took second for Team Calvo ahead of fellow Spaniard Alex Rins, last seasons top rookie rider. The trio also made for an all KTM top three.

Jonas Folger found himself knocked down to fifth for Mapfre Aspar on the Kalex KTM, while the improved Mahinda was the first non-Kalex on the timesheets, Miguel Oliveira finishing fifth for the team. Alan Techer was the highest placed Honda rider in sixth for CIP.

More on this story at crash.net and paddockchatter

Moto3 Qualifying result:

  1. Luis Salom Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 2m 7.229
    2. Maverick Viñales Team Calvo (KTM) 2m 7.337
    3. Alex Rins Estrella Galicia 0,0 (KTM) 2m 7.596
    4. Jonas Folger Mapfre Aspar (Kalex KTM) 2m 7.894
    5. Miguel Oliveira Mahindra (Mahindra) 2m 8.409
    6. Alan Techer CIP Moto3 (TSR Honda) 2m 8.471
    7. Jakub Kornfeil Redox RW Racing GP (Kalex KTM) 2m 8.482
    8. Efren Vazquez Mahindra (Mahindra) 2m 8.521s
    9. Alex Marquez Estrella Galicia 0,0 (KTM) 2m 8.556
    10. Arthur Sissis Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 2m 8.567
    11. Zulfahmi Khairuddin Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 2m 8.575
    12. Romano Fenati San Carlo Team Italia (FTR Honda) 2m 8.784
    13. Isaac Viñales Bimbo-Ongetta-Centro Seta (FTR Honda) 2m 8.988
    14. Niccolò Antonelli GO&FUN Gresini Moto3 (FTR Honda) 2m 9.107
    15. Danny Webb Ambrogio Racing (Suter Honda) 2m 9.405
    16. Niklas Ajo Avant Tecno (KTM) 2m 9.750
    17. Brad Binder Ambrogio Racing (Suter Honda) 2m 9.885
    18. Jasper Iwema RW Racing GP (Kalex KTM) 2m 9.911s
    19. Alexis Masbou Ongetta-Rivacold (FTR Honda) 2m 10.158
    20. John McPhee Caretta Technology – RTG (FTR Honda) 2m 10.195
    21. Jack Miller Caretta Technology – RTG (FTR Honda) 2m 10.221
    22. Juanfran Guevara CIP Moto3 (TSR Honda) 2m 10.443
    23. Ana Carrasco Team Calvo (KTM) 2m 10.520s
    24. Toni Finsterbusch Kiefer Racing (Kalex KTM) 2m 10.688
    25. Eric Granado Mapfre Aspar Team (Kalex KTM) 2m 10.798
    26. Alessandro Tonucci La Fonte Tascaracing (Honda) 2m 10.939
    27. Philipp Oettl Paddock TT Motion Events (Kalex KTM) 2m 11.000
    28. Florian Alt Kiefer Racing (Kalex KTM) 2m 11.047
    29. Francesco Bagnaia San Carlo Team Italia (FTR Honda) 2m 11.284
    30. Lorenzo Baldassarri GO&FUN Gresini (FTR Honda) 2m 11.286
    31. Matteo Ferrari Ongetta-Centro Seta (FTR Honda) 2m 11.775
    32. Hyuga Watanabe La Fonte Tascaracing (Honda) 2m 12.542

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