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May 4, 2013

Rins Takes FIM Moto3 Pole Position At Jerez

FIM Moto3 World Championship: Alex Rins in action.
FIM Moto3 World Championship
Jerez, Spain
May 4, 2013
Qualifying Results (all on Dunlop tires):

1. Alex RINS, Spain (KTM), 1:46.660
2. Maverick VIÑALES, Spain (KTM), 1:47.145
3. Luis SALOM, Spain (KTM), 1:47.327
4. Brad BINDER, South Africa (SUTER HONDA), 1:47.517
5. Jack MILLER, Australia (FTR HONDA), 1:47.613
6. Niccolò ANTONELLI, Italy (FTR HONDA), 1:47.742
7. Jonas FOLGER, Germany (KALEX KTM), 1:47.793
8. Niklas AJO, Finland (KTM), 1:47.868
9. Jakub KORNFEIL, Czech Republic (KALEX KTM), 1:48.009
10. Efren VAZQUEZ, Spain (MAHINDRA), 1:48.147




More, from a press release issued by MAPFRE Aspar Moto3 Team:

JONAS FOLGER, SEVENTH AND CONFIDENT FOR RACE

MAPFRE Aspar man relegated to third row but good race pace this weekend means he is confident for Sunday podium push. His teammate Eric Granado, will aim to earn points from 20th on grid

The temperatures conitnued to rise at Jerez on Saturday both literally and figuratively speaking. The second day of the Spanish GP was hotter than Friday and the tension increased as things got serious in qualifying on Saturday afternoon. It looked like some new names would be up on the front row but finally it was the usual contenders who closed up the top spots. The heat was on (25º ambient temperature and 42º track temperature) meaning times were similar to final free practice and Rins took pole, whilst the likes of Viñales, Salom and Folger could be looking for podium finishes in addition to Antonelli and Ajo.

First in practice on Friday morning and second in FP3, MAPFRE Aspar's Jonas Folger, was unable to build on those performances in QP. A tyre gamble went wrong and ruined a good lap time whilst an oil spill on track on the final corner at Jerez almost caused the German to crash. But Folger nonetheless took seventh and he is optimistic that with a good start he can use his free practice pace to fight for the podium. Eric Granado qualified 20th and was feeling good in the final moments of QP, so with a decent pace he aims to secure his first points of the season.

7th Jonas Folger 1.47.793 (16 laps): "Having done well in the FP sessions I was hoping for more than that in QP. A couple of errors cost us a decent time and we had some bad luck too. We got the tyre choice wrong at a critical moment and an oil spill on the final turn meant I had to change line to avoid a crash. I was trying to be really careful on that corner and it meant losing time. So it was a strange QP overall. Thankfully the bad luck hasn't cost me too badly and I'm in seventh. Our pace is good so if I start well in the race I can be in the front group fighting for the podium."

20th Eric Granado 1.48.731 (17 laps): "Today was better than yesterday as my lap times improved in the morming and the feeling was better. We improved our settings too and got through some of our issues from Friday. I was a bit nervous in QP and I was trying to put together some consecutive fast laps, but I got caught out. In the garage my crew chief Jorge was calming me down and we changed the tyres so the feeling improved. Then my race pace got better. It's a shame I couldn't find another three or four tenths as that would have meant a better grid slot, but I'm still satisfied overall. If I start well I can chase some points, the bike is ready so we'll give it everything we've got."