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Rins storms to pole in Czech Republic

Rins storms to pole in Czech Republic

Alex Rins, winner of the last two Moto3™ races, has claimed a third consecutive pole position for this weekend’s bwin Grand Prix České republiky. The Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider will start alongside Team Calvo’s Maverick Viñales and Ongetta-Rivacold’s Alexis Masbou, with championship leader Luis Salom in fifth place.

Qualifying in the Czech Republic marked the first time this weekend that Rins had topped a session, as title rivals Viñales and Salom had led the way in practice. The magic number for the Barcelona rider was 2’07.622, impressively over half a second quicker than nearest challenger and compatriot Viñales as France’s Masbou claimed his first front row starting position since Silverstone last year. Jack Miller’s fourth place was arguably just an notable, as the Australian Caretta Technology – RTG rider had undergone surgery for a broken collarbone earlier this week.

Salom (Red Bull KTM Ajo), who leads the championship from Viñales and Rins by nine and 16 points respectively, will start from the middle of Row 2, having been a second slower than Rins who is on pole for the fifth time this year; incidentally, Salom is also riding injured after sustaining damage to a foot in a highside crash at Indianapolis a week ago, leaving him temporarily on crutches.

There was an incident this afternoon for Rins’ teammate Alex Marquez, who will start sixth, whereas the top ten is rounded out by Jonas Folger (Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3), Arthur Sissis (Red Bull KTM Ajo, who also crashed in qualifying) plus Mahindra Racing's Efren Vazquez and Miguel Oliveira.

Other crashes came for Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3’s Eric Granado (15th on the grid) and GO&FUN Gresini Moto3’s Niccolo Antonelli (16th, jumping up one spot due to a six-place penalty for CIP Moto3’s Alan Techer). Wildcard riders Andrea Migno (GMT Racing) and Jules Danilo (Marc VDS Racing Team) will set off from 32nd and 34th spots, while the 35-rider grid is completed by Luca Amato who has replaced the ousted Danny Webb at Ambrogio Racing.

Sunday’s Moto3™ race commences at 2:30pm local time (GMT +2); in a change to the usual schedule, it will follow the races of Moto2™ and MotoGP™.


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