Local rookie Rins takes pole in enthralling Moto3™ qualifying

Saturday, 28 April 2012

In an incredibly exciting Moto3™ qualifying session, which went down to the final minute, it was current Spanish 125cc Champion Alex Rins who took his maiden pole position in just his second ever world championship start.

The session had started in sunny conditions, yet a wet track meant that most of the practice was spent on wet tyres. However with only five minutes to go a mostly dry line had appeared, after which it was a battle of the tyres as the leaderboard changed almost every few seconds until the end.

In the end it was Estrella Galicia 0,0´s Rins who snatched pole position with a time of 1.57´507, ahead of Red Bull KTM Ajo´s Sandro Cortese under two tenths behind.

Third spot on the grid went to Rins´ team mate Miguel Oliveira a further four tenths off, who leads Caretta Technology´s Alexis Masbou.

Redox-Ongetta-Centro Seta´s Jakub Kornfeil consolidated his form so far with fifth after yet another solid session, starting ahead of Masbou´s Australian team mate Jack Miller, who had held top stop briefly in the closing stages.

In seventh place, Kornfeil´s team mate Isaac Viñales beat Red Bull KTM´s Arthur Sissis, who displaced championship leader Maverick Viñales into ninth. Viñales was one of the few riders that did not head out on slicks at the end.

Rounding out the top ten was yesterday´s pace-setter Romano Fenati, who could not quite get to grips with his slick tyre at the end.

TT Motion Events Racing rider Niklas Ajo crashed in the first couple of laps, yet managed to get some laps under his belt in the latter stages to set the 27th fastest time.

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