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Moto3 Jerez: Rins dominates for pole despite crash
4 May 2013
By Lisa Lewis
Estrella Galicia rider Alex Rins qualified on pole for the second successive race despite a crash on just his fourth lap of the Moto3 session around the Jerez circuit.
Rins, who went into qualifying fastest after all three practice sessions, lead from the start setting a benchmark time with his first flying lap only to tumble at turn one seconds later.
After his team worked frantically at fixing the bike, while also working on team-mate Alex Marquez machine as he had crashed moments earlier at the Sito Pons corner, the teenager returned to chip away further at his own lead finishing with a 1m 46.660 – the only rider to break the 1m 47 barrier.
The front row of the grid will have a familiar look as it continues to be KTM dominated with the same three Spanish riders who have shared the front row and the podium at the two previous rounds once again featuring.
Maverick Vinales starts second after a calm, controlled session for the Team Calvo rider, setting his own personal best time of the weekend with a final well-timed lap.
Luis Salom, currently joint championship leader with Rins, takes the final front row position for the Red Bull KTM team.
Though Kalex machines still held the top three places the Hondas were strong in sector one and they fill the second row.
Ambrogio Racing's Brad Binder Suter Honda was the fastest of the Honda's narrowly being beaten into fourth and just ahead of the FTR's of Caretta Technology-RTG rider Jack Miller and Go and Fun Gresini's Niccolo Antonelli in fifth and sixth respectively.
Aspar's Jonas Folger starts from seventh, just over a second off the pace of the pole time.
Also making the top ten were Niklas Ajo in eighth despite a big crash in the last ten minutes for Avant Tecno racer and Jakub Kornfeil in ninth for Redox RW Racing GP.
Saturday saw Kornfeil's first track time at Jerez after spending Friday sitting exams at home in the Czech Republic.
Tenth spot on the grid was filled by the Mahindra of Efren Vazquez.
Danny Webb moved into twelfth place in the last moments of the session for Ambrogio racing. Fellow Brit John McPhee qualified 17th for the Caretta Technology team.
Romano Fenati's stuggle for form continues and he starts 18th for San Carlo Team Italia.
Alex Marquez bike did not start after his crash and he sat out most of the session leaving him down in 22nd on the grid.
Livio Loi scored 21st in his first qualifying session for Marc VDS. The Belgian rider was previously not old enough to race.
Jasper Iwema returned to action for the RW Racing team after his crash saw the last Grand Prix in Austin red-flagged. He qualified in 19th.
There were also crashes in qualifying for Toni Finsterbusch and Lorenzo Baldassarri, with the Italian needing attention in the medical centre for a right shoulder injury.
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