Rins clinches second consecutive pole in Jerez

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Saturday, 4 May 2013

Fresh from his maiden career victory in Texas, Alex Rins has stormed to a second consecutive pole position for the Gran Premio bwin de España in Jerez. The Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider will share the front row with Team Calvo’s Maverick Viñales and Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Luis Salom, his two closest challengers in the championship.

The achievement for Rins marks, not only his second pole position in a row, but also his second successive pole at Jerez and the third of the 17-year-old’s short career. It was earned in confident fashion, as the leading lap time of 1’46.660 was almost half a second quicker than Viñales’ best effort; incidentally, the latter has returned to Jerez this weekend for the first time since the pre-season testing crash that injured his right hand. Salom is hoping for a strong start from third as he aims to repeat his Qatar win.

The second row is made up of South Africa’s Brad Binder (Ambrogio Racing), Australia’s Jack Miller (Caretta Technology - RTG) and Italy’s Niccolo Antonelli (GO&FUN Gresini Moto3) thanks to strong efforts all round. Antonelli’s teammate Lorenzo Baldassarri was less fortunate and crashed his bike at Turn 7; having suffered a dislocated right shoulder, his participation in the race will be decided on Sunday morning.

Also falling during the session were Avant Tecno’s Niklas Ajo, who was avoided by Salom at Turn 2 but still qualified eighth, and oddly both Estrella Galicia 0,0 riders within one minute of each other. Alex Marquez (22nd place) was the first to lose control, less than ten minutes into the session, with Rins then highsiding. The latter was already quickest and, never headed atop the timesheet, rejoined to go faster still.

Ahead of Ajo on the third row will be Jonas Folger in seventh place, although the Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 rider had topped Friday’s second practice session and wanted more. Jakub Kornfeil qualified ninth, with the Redox RW Racing GP rider having arrived at the circuit only today after completing compulsory exams on Friday.

Completing the top ten was Efren Vazquez on the leading Mahindra Racing machine, heading Row 4 from Ajo’s Zulfahmi Khairuddin and Ambrogio’s Danny Webb who improved dramatically thanks to his best lap which came late in the session.

Sunday’s Moto3™ Gran Premio bwin de España begins at 11am local time (GMT +2), being contested over 23 laps of the Circuito de Jerez.

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