MotoGP »

Moto3: Salom snatches pole in Qatar

Luis Salom wins a session-long fight with Maverick Vinales to take the first pole position of the 2013 Moto3 season, in Qatar. Alex Rins makes it an all Spanish top three, while KTM dominate to close out the front row of the grid.
By Lisa Lewis

Luis Salom took the first pole of the 2013 season, winning a session-long battle for the top spot with a new lap record as the Moto3 championship launched the qualifying action under the floodlights in Qatar on Saturday evening.

Salom, 2012's championship runner-up, had been fastest in free practice, and continued a blistering start to his Red Bull KTM career by beating Maverick Vinales.

The fastest laps came at the end of the session, with last year's Losail winner Vinales securing second on the grid for Team Calvo. Vinales is still adapting his riding style around his injury, having lost a fingertip at the final Jerez test. He started the session with a scare when his KTM was slow to start.

Completing the all Spanish top three was last season's rookie of the year, Alex Rins. The Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider came in to the qualifying session with strong pre-season testing results and had been in the top three for all the Losail practice sessions, his last lap securing him the final front row position in the dying moments.

With the top three covered by just 0.3 seconds it was German rider Jonas Folger who found himself pushed onto the second row for Mapfre Aspar aboard his Kalex KTM.

The much-improved Mahindra team saw an impressive lap from Portuguese rider Miguel Oliveira put them into fifth position for tomorrow's race, while Alan Techer was the highest placed Honda rider, finishing sixth on his TSR Honda for the CIP Moto3 team.

Jakub Kornfeil spent much of the session circling solo and placed seventh for Redox RW Racing GP without the need for a tow.

Veteran of the class Efren Vazquez was eighth for Mahindra, while Alex Marquez - younger brother of MotoGP's Marc - was ninth for the Estrella Galicia 0'0 team. Red Bull's Arthur Sissis completes the top ten.

Malaysian rider Zulfahmi Khairuddin continued his troubled start to the season and was the last of the Red Bull KTM Ajo machines in eleventh.

Romano Fenati will be hoping for a repeat of his electric start to the 2012 season, but has the odds stacked against him after qualifying twelfth for the race which gave him his debut podium appearance last year.





Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Luis Salom, Qatar Moto3 2013
Marquez, Grand Prix of the Americas 2014
Bautista`s Honda, Grand Prix of the Americas 2014
Marquez, Grand Prix of the Americas 2014
Marquez swapping bikes, Grand Prix of the Americas 2014
Marquez, Grand Prix of the Americas 2014
Pedrosa, Marquez, Dovizioso, Podium, MotoGP race, Grand Prix of the Americas, 2014.
Marquez, Podium, MotoGP race, Grand Prix of the Americas, 2014.
Marquez, Podium, MotoGP race, Grand Prix of the Americas, 2014.
Marquez, Podium, MotoGP race, Grand Prix of the Americas, 2014.
Marquez, Podium, MotoGP race, Grand Prix of the Americas, 2014.
Marquez, MotoGP race, Grand Prix of the Americas, 2014.
Repsol Honda Team, Podium celebration, MotoGP race, Grand Prix of the Americas, 2014.
Pedrosa, Marquez, Dovizioso, Podium, MotoGP race, Grand Prix of the Americas, 2014.
Marquez, MotoGP race, Grand Prix of the Americas, 2014.
Pedrosa, Marquez, Dovizioso, Podium, MotoGP race, Grand Prix of the Americas, 2014.
Pedrosa, Marquez, Dovizioso, Podium, MotoGP race, Grand Prix of the Americas, 2014.
Pedrosa, Marquez, Dovizioso, Podium, MotoGP race, Grand Prix of the Americas, 2014.

Start the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.