2012 Jerez Moto3 Qualifying Practice Result: Drying Track Creates Thrilling Pole Battle

Results and summary of qualifying for the Moto3 class at Jerez:

Alex Rins has secured his maiden Moto3 pole at Jerez, after a drying track saw a thrilling final few minutes of qualifying, with pole swapping hands several times. The Spanish rookie timed his final run to perfection, in the final seconds of the session on a track that was almost completely dry.

The battle for pole raged to the very end of the session. Australian rookie Jack Miller led for much of the session, the Caretta rider strong both in the wet conditions at the beginning, and continuing to lead as the track dried. But Miller could not hold on to his position in the final five minutes of qualifying, once the pace took another step up. Sandro Cortese ended up with the 2nd fastest time, falling just twelve thousandths short of Rins' pole time, with Rins' Estrella Galicia teammate Miguel Oliveira taking the final spot on the front row in 3rd. Miller ended qualifying at the front of the second row with the 4th fastest time, with MZ's Toni Finsterbusch in 5th, and Miller's Caretta teammate Alexis Masbou in 6th.

Results

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 42 Alex RINS SUTER HONDA 1'57.507    
2 11 Sandro CORTESE KTM 1'57.519 0.012 0.012
3 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA SUTER HONDA 1'57.975 0.468 0.456
4 10 Alexis MASBOU HONDA 1'58.301 0.794 0.326
5 84 Jakub KORNFEIL FTR HONDA 1'58.438 0.931 0.137
6 8 Jack MILLER HONDA 1'58.793 1.286 0.355
7 32 Isaac VIÑALES FTR HONDA 1'58.911 1.404 0.118
8 61 Arthur SISSIS KTM 1'59.023 1.516 0.112
9 25 Maverick VIÑALES FTR HONDA 1'59.101 1.594 0.078
10 5 Romano FENATI FTR HONDA 1'59.155 1.648 0.054
11 7 Efren VAZQUEZ FTR HONDA 1'59.198 1.691 0.043
12 96 Louis ROSSI FTR HONDA 1'59.450 1.943 0.252
13 12 Alex MARQUEZ SUTER HONDA 1'59.500 1.993 0.050
14 26 Adrian MARTIN FTR HONDA 1'59.729 2.222 0.229
15 52 Danny KENT KTM 1'59.859 2.352 0.130
16 55 Hector FAUBEL KALEX KTM 1'59.925 2.418 0.066
17 27 Niccolo ANTONELLI FTR HONDA 2'00.009 2.502 0.084
18 28 Josep RODRIGUEZ FTR HONDA 2'00.312 2.805 0.303
19 39 Luis SALOM KALEX KTM 2'00.391 2.884 0.079
20 23 Alberto MONCAYO KALEX KTM 2'01.153 3.646 0.762
21 99 Danny WEBB MAHINDRA 2'01.191 3.684 0.038
22 51 Kenta FUJII HONDA 2'01.281 3.774 0.090
23 21 Ivan MORENO FTR HONDA 2'01.319 3.812 0.038
24 19 Alessandro TONUCCI FTR HONDA 2'01.364 3.857 0.045
25 77 Marcel SCHROTTER MAHINDRA 2'01.450 3.943 0.086
26 41 Brad BINDER KALEX KTM 2'01.477 3.970 0.027
27 31 Niklas AJO KTM 2'01.702 4.195 0.225
28 63 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN KTM 2'01.752 4.245 0.050
29 53 Jasper IWEMA FGR HONDA 2'02.499 4.992 0.747
30 9 Toni FINSTERBUSCH MZ FTR 2'02.737 5.230 0.238
31 15 Simone GROTZKYJ ORAL 2'03.041 5.534 0.304
32 3 Luigi MORCIANO IODA 2'03.055 5.548 0.014
33 30 Giulian PEDONE ORAL 2'03.123 5.616 0.068
* 89 Alan TECHER TSR HONDA      

* Have qualified for the race having achieved a time within 107 % of the fastest rider in a free practice session.

Race Details
2012
Results and summary of qualifying for the Moto3 class at Jerez:

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