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Qualifying sessions in MotorLand

Qualifying sessions in MotorLand

Mir, Pons and Rivas post best qualifying times at Aragon.

Proving the weather forecasts spot on, sun and high temperatures dominated at the MotorLand Aragón circuit today, where participants of the Moto3™ Junior World Championship, Moto2™ European Championship and Superbike European Championship looked to set their best times ahead of tomorrow’s racing. Mir, Pons and Rivas were the quickest riders in their respective categories and will start from pole positions in the five races scheduled for Sunday.

In Moto3™ Junior World Championship, the competitive Joan Mir (SPA-Honda) posted the quickest times in both sessions. Davide Pizzoli (ITA-Husqvuarna), with his best results so far, will start from the second slot, just ahead of the young Jaume Masia (SPA-Honda). Only 0.59 seconds behind, in fourth place, Bo Bendsneyder (NED-Honda) will be looking for a good slipstream from the off to keep him in the leading group. Meanwhile, ever-consistent Nicolò Bulega (ITA-KTM) will fill the fifth slot, with the second row closed out by Lorenzo dalla Porta (ITA-Husqvarna), who along with Davide Pizzoli (ITA-Husqvarna) puts the Laglisse Academy team in the leading positions.

Once again, Edgar Pons (SPA-Kalex) was the fastest in the Moto2™ European Championship, without breaking 1:55.00, leaving nearest rival Xavi Vierge (SPA-Tech 3) 0.3 seconds behind. Overall, the times of the top riders were very close, which indicates how competitive tomorrow’s racing could be. Again among the fastest was Luca Marini (ITA-Kalex) who will close the front row, thus confirming his good form this season despite his recent arrival in the intermediate category. On the second row will be Eric Granados (BRA-Kalex), who in the second session lowered his best time by just over a second. Joining him be South African rider Steven Odeendal (RSA-Kalex) and Frenchman Alan Techer (FRA-Tech 3), who just a few minutes before the end of the second session suffered a fall that forced him to visit the medical center to rule out possible injuries.

Track conditions were completely different for the two sessions of the Superbike European Championship. While the morning freshness favored better times overall, the heat that prevailed in the afternoon session encouraged caution. Dani Rivas (SPA-BMW) posted a lap of 1.53:562 and will start from pole position - the first time this season that the Easyrace SBK Team rider has been on the front row of the grid. Carmelo Morales (SPA-Yamaha) and Ivan Silva (SPA-BMW) will join him in second and third place respectively. In view of the results, it seems that the German bikes are well suited to this circuit. Best privateer rider was Finn Eeki Kuparinen, also riding a BMW.

The race schedule for next Sunday is as follows:

11:00 Moto3™ (15 laps)
12:00 Moto2™ (15 laps)
13:00 Superbike (15 laps)
14:00 Moto3™ (15 laps)
15:00 Moto2™ (15 laps)

FIM CEV Repsol, 2015

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