Rins seals impressive pole position in Austin

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Saturday, 20 April 2013

Estrella Galicia 0,0’s Alex Rins has dominated the Moto3™ Qualifying session for the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas. The 17-year-old from Barcelona, who was also on pole for last year’s Spanish Grand Prix, will share Sunday’s front row with championship leader Luis Salom and Maverick Viñales.

Having already topped the final practice session earlier today, Rins proceeded to register a blistering pace of 2’16.396 and firmly placed his Estrella Galicia 0,0 bike at the front of the grid. Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Salom proved to be the closest challenger, but was still almost half a second adrift while third-placed Viñales (Team Calvo) was the only other rider within a second of pole. Highly unusual as it may be for Moto3™, but there were huge time margins between riders across the 5.5 kilometres of Circuit of the Americas, which is located a stone's throw outside the city of Austin.

Caretta Technology – RTG’s Jack Miller will start fourth, heading the second row from Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3’s Jonas Folger who put in a committed lap to shoot from 15th to fifth place on his final tour. Estrella Galicia 0,0 bookend the top six, with Alex Marquez – who escaped from a scare at Turn 1 - having been demoted to sixth spot by Folger in the last knockings. Row 3 will consist of Avant Tecno’s Niklas Ajo, Ambrogio Racing’s Danny Webb and Ognetta-Rivacold’s Alexis Masbou, while Arthur Sissis rounds out the top ten for Red Bull KTM Ajo.

The 40-minute session was not short of drama, not least for La Fonte Tascaracing’s Hyuga Watanabe who experienced two falls; the second was by far the scariest, as the Japanese rider contacted with Kiefer Racing’s Toni Finsterbusch in the braking zone for Turn 12. The touch resulted in Watanabe flying over the front of his Honda. As the chequered flag flew, a collision took place between Sissis and Mahindra Racing’s Efren Vazquez; the duo shook hands before walking away.

Following Sunday morning’s warm-up session, the 2013 Moto3™ Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas will begin at 11am local time (GMT -5).

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