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Folger storms to maiden pole on drying Aragón track

Folger storms to maiden pole on drying Aragón track

The Moto3™ grid was greeted by a continually drying track for qualifying at the Gran Premio Iveco de Aragón where it was Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3’s Jonas Folger who stormed to his maiden GP pole position ahead of Luis Salom and Sandro Cortese.

Under threatening skies but a track that was almost fully dry by the end of the session it was Folger’s time of 2.01’715 that saw him take his first ever Grand Prix pole position, with RW Racing GP’s injured Salom less than two tenths behind him in second. There had been concerns that Salom may not be able to contest qualifying after a crash this morning, yet he was declared fit despite a very sore shoulder. Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Sandro Cortese completes the front row in third, as the German was unable to match his compatriots pace in the final stages.

Team Italia FMI’s Romano Fenati heads the second row in fourth, having had a terrific session at the Spanish track, ending the afternoon just under five tenths off the top. Lining up next to him in fifth is Cortese’s teammate Danny Kent, whilst the final spot on the row belongs to Blusens Avintia’s championship pursuer Maverick Viñales. Viñales had been lingering further back in the field as the track was damp at the start, yet soon made his way up once conditions improved.

In seventh, AirAsia-SIC-Ajo’s Zulfahmi Khairuddin was unable to repeat his top spot from this morning, but will no doubt be pleased with his performance. Next to him in eighth, JHK t-shirt Laglisse’s Efrén Vázquez looked as if he might make it onto the second row in the latter stages, yet was unable to match the pace in the final laps. Yesterday’s pace-setter, Estrella Galicia 0,0’s Miguel Oliveira completes the third row, with his teammate Alex Rins rounding out the top ten.

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Moto3, 2012, GRAN PREMIO IVECO DE ARAGÓN, QP

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