Pole position for Viñales in dramatic qualifying at Catalunya

Saturday, 2 June 2012

At the Gran Premi Aperol de Catalunya in the Moto3™ class it was Blusens Avintia’s Maverick Viñales who set the fastest lap to grab pole position ahead of AirAsia-SIC-Ajo’s Zulfahmi Khairuddin and Louis Rossi.

A lap of 1.52’160, the fastest lap of the class all weekend, was enough to displace a surging Khairuddin, who has had a tremendous weekend so far. Completing the front row is last race winner, Racing Team Germany’s Rossi, still brimming with confidence after his victory.

However, the story of the day was Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Sandro Cortese, who starts from fourth, after suffering a heavy crash in this morning’s practice session. He suffered heavy bruising to his hand, and had to have blood drained during the session. Fifth place went to Estrella Galicia 0,0’s Miguel Oliveira, who was at the centre of drama late on in the session, as a swift move across the track took out Technomag-CIP-TSR’s Alan Techer and RW racing GP’s Brad Binder. None of the riders were hurt in the incident.

The second row is rounded out by Binder’s teammate Luis Salom, who will aim to mix it up at the front to please the home crowd. Leading row three is Caretta Technology’s Alexis Masbou in seventh, ahead of JHK T-Shirt Laglisse’s Efrén Vázquez in eighth. Bankia Aspar’s Héctor Faubel and San Carlo Gresini Moto3’s Niccolo Antonelli complete the top ten.

Team Italia FMI’s Romano Fenati, who had been expected to be further up the field, could only manage 13th. Apart from the last minute crash involving Oliveira, TT Motion Events Racing’s Niklas Ajo crashed out after seven minutes, yet managed to re join the session later on.

TAGS Catalunya

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