Viñales storms to pole position in France

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Saturday, 18 May 2013

Maverick Viñales confidently earned his first pole position of 2013 for the Moto3™ Monster Energy Grand Prix de France. The Team Calvo rider, championship leader, will share the Le Mans front row with Mahindra Racing’s Miguel Oliveira and Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3’s Jonas Folger.

Fresh from his first victory of the campaign at home in Spain a fortnight ago, Viñales confidently destroyed the previous best lap time of the French weekend to post 1’43.696, with Portugal’s Oliveira missing out by just over a tenth of a second but improving on Mahindra’s previous best of fifth place so far this year. In third, German Folger will line up inside the top five for the third time in four races.

With the result marking the first time in 2013 that the front row has not been completely locked out by Spanish riders, Row 2 will be occupied by Estrella Galicia 0,0’s Alex Rins, Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Luis Salom (who had just returned to the circuit from hospital, where he was given the all-clear after kidney ultrasound following a crash in final practice) and Caretta Technology – RTG’s Jack Miller.

As Alex Marquez (Estrella Galicia 0,0), Isaac Viñales (Ongetta-Centro Seta), Niklas Ajo (Avant Tecno) and Alexis Masbou (Ongetta-Rivacold) rounded out the top ten, Ambrogio Racing’s Danny Webb limped slightly as he walked away from a sizeable highside accident at Musee corner; he will miss Sunday’s race, having suffered mild concussion and a broken foot. San Carlo Team Italia’s Romano Fenati (11th) and Ambrogio’s Brad Binder (12th) also suffered falls during the session.

Sunday’s Moto3™ Monster Energy Grand Prix de France begins at 11am local time (GMT +2) and will be decided over the course of 24 laps.

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