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Viñales earns third career pole

Viñales earns third career pole

Maverick Viñales will head the grid at Sachsenring in the 125cc class after securing his third pole position of the season on Saturday. Héctor Faubel and Luis Salom will join the 16 year old on the front row.

Viñales entered the qualifying session guns blazing, jumping to the top of the pile of 125cc machines ahead of Faubel, who had topped the times at the start. 27 year old Faubel responded to the youngster’s challenge to regain the lead at the halfway point and appeared capable of taking the pole until a high speed run off on his fast lap had him speeding through the gravel at the end of QP, handing the top spot to the Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing Team rider who set a time of 1'27.477.

Faubel’s best lap of 1'27.808 set before his run off was enough to secure him the second spot on the grid, with Luis Salom (RW Racing GP) 0.057s behind him in third. Nicolas Terol (Bankia Aspar), who was fastest in the previous three practice sessions though has never had a podium at the Sachsenring circuit, posted the fourth fastest time with a 1'27.992.

Sergio Gadea (Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing Team) began the session with rear suspension problems, his fairings dragging on the ground and forcing him back into the box immediately, emerged later in the session to post a time that put him on the second row for the start of the race. Last year’s sixth place finisher Johann Zarco (Avant-AirAsia-Ajo) took the last spot on the second row with a best lap of 1'28.178.

Efrén Vázquez (Avant-AirAsia-Ajo), who finished eighth last year at the German GP, heads the third row, joined by Alberto Moncayo (Team Andalucía Banca Cívica) and German rider Jonas Folger (Red Bull Ajo Motorsport).

Danny Kent (Red Bull Ajo Motorsport), Miguel Oliveira (Team Andalucía Banca Cívica) and Adrián Martín (Bankia Aspar) make up the fourth row.

German rider Sandro Cortese (Intact Racing Team Germany), who had run in the top ten all weekend crashed at the end of qualifying session, his earlier set best lap time leaving him in 15th position, just ahead of Danny Webb (Mahindra Racing) in 16th.

British riders Harry Stafford (Ongetta-Centro Seta) and Taylor Mackenzie (Phonica Racing) were 20th and 21st in qualifying, just behind the top Italian of the 125 category this season, Simone Grotzkyj (Phonica Racing) .


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