MOTOGP » 24 August 2013
Czech Moto3: Pole for Rins as his momentum continues
Alex Rins continues his run of good form for pole position in Saturday's qualifying session for the Brno Moto3 Grand Prix.
By Lisa Lewis
Alex Rins took his fifth Moto3 pole position, the most for any rider in the class this year, for the Estrella Galicia 0,0 team in overcast but dry conditions at Brno on Saturday.
Winner of the last two grands prix at the Sachsenring and Indianapolis, Rins took his third pole in a row aboard his KTM after dominating the session with his best of 2m 07.622 - over half a second ahead of his nearest rival, Maverick Vinales.
Last season's pole-sitter Vinales was the only other rider who looked to have enough pace to challenge Rins for the top spot, the Team Calvo rider eventually settling for second.
A late dash by Alexis Masbou fired him onto the front row, the Ongetta-Rivacold rider taking the honour of being the highest placed Honda rider in third.
Jack Miller, who had collarbone surgery between races after his Indy crash, charged through the pain to on the grid for Caretta Technology-RTG. He got in his groove by following Rins for several laps, just missing out on his first front row start in fourth.
Luis Salom ignored his ongoing foot and ankle injuries to place the Red Bull KTM Ajo bike fifth on the grid.
Rins team-mate Alex Marquez had to settle for sixth after a late crash. The Spaniard enlisted the marshals help to tip his bike on it's side to remove gravel and give him a push start, rejoining immediately.
Last years race winner Jonas Folger, back in just his second appearance for Aspar, today timed his last run poorly missing out on a final run after the flag to finish seventh.
Arthur Sissis looked in good form until he hit the gravel, qualifying in eighth for Red Bull KTM, ahead of the Mahindra pairing of Efren Vazquez and Miguel Oliveira, who complete the top ten.
John McPhee has fully recovered from the virus he had at the last round and starts from eleventh for the Caretta Technology team, his best qualifying performance to date.
Local rider Jakub Kornfeil is twelfth on the grid for Redox RW Racing.
A disillusioned looking Romano Fenati could only manage 22nd for San Carlo Team Italia ahead of Malaysian rider Zulfahmi Khairuddin, who also had a disappointing performance down in 24th, the last of the Red Bull KTM riders.
Juanfran Guevara was the first to crash, the CIP rider walked away from a nasty looking high speed crash uninjured.
The final few minutes were filled with crashes. Arthur Sissis hit the gravel at turn three, closely followed by Alex Marquez, Aspar's Eric Granado and Go & Fun Gresini's Niccolo Antonelli
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