2013 Assen Moto3 QP Result: Fractions Decide Pole

Summary and results of Moto3 qualifying:

Moto3 qualifying for the Dutch TT at Assen has been decided by the smallest of margins. The hectic proceedings at the cathedral of motorcycle racing gave a great indication as to how exciting racing at the high velocity circuit can be if the conditions stay dry.

Miguel Oliveira headed the time sheets with a lap time of 1:43.588, providing Indian manufacturer Mahindra with their first ever dry pole position. The session was unbelievably close as second placed rider Alex Marquez set an identical lap time to Oliveira. However as his second fastest time was not as quick, he had to be content with second place. Fellow Spaniard Maverick Vinales rounds out the front row.

Luis Salom and Alex Rins ended the session in fourth and fifth positions respectively, both riders finished only eight hundredths of a second behind the pole time. Mapfre Aspar rider Jonas Folger completes the second row. Niklas Ajo, Isaac Vinales and Arthur Sissis make up the third row of the grid for Saturday's race, which if qualifying is anything to go by, should be an absolutely cracking event.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA Mahindra 1'43.588    
2 12 Alex MARQUEZ KTM 1'43.588 0.000 0.000
3 25 Maverick VIÑALES KTM 1'43.649 0.061 0.061
4 39 Luis SALOM KTM 1'43.671 0.083 0.022
5 42 Alex RINS KTM 1'43.673 0.085 0.002
6 94 Jonas FOLGER Kalex KTM 1'43.901 0.313 0.228
7 31 Niklas AJO KTM 1'44.330 0.742 0.429
8 32 Isaac VIÑALES FTR Honda 1'44.424 0.836 0.094
9 61 Arthur SISSIS KTM 1'44.470 0.882 0.046
10 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI FTR Honda 1'44.769 1.181 0.299
11 53 Jasper IWEMA Kalex KTM 1'44.812 1.224 0.043
12 10 Alexis MASBOU FTR Honda 1'44.814 1.226 0.002
13 89 Alan TECHER TSR Honda 1'44.846 1.258 0.032
14 8 Jack MILLER FTR Honda 1'44.917 1.329 0.071
15 77 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI FTR Honda 1'44.931 1.343 0.014
16 11 Livio LOI Kalex KTM 1'44.942 1.354 0.011
17 7 Efren VAZQUEZ Mahindra 1'44.950 1.362 0.008
18 84 Jakub KORNFEIL Kalex KTM 1'45.093 1.505 0.143
19 4 Francesco BAGNAIA FTR Honda 1'45.117 1.529 0.024
20 51 Bryan SCHOUTEN FTR Honda 1'45.186 1.598 0.069
21 41 Brad BINDER Suter Honda 1'45.202 1.614 0.016
22 5 Romano FENATI FTR Honda 1'45.235 1.647 0.033
23 19 Alessandro TONUCCI FTR Honda 1'45.278 1.690 0.043
24 17 John McPHEE FTR Honda 1'45.303 1.715 0.025
25 65 Philipp OETTL Kalex KTM 1'45.526 1.938 0.223
26 9 Toni FINSTERBUSCH Kalex KTM 1'45.553 1.965 0.027
27 57 Eric GRANADO Kalex KTM 1'45.626 2.038 0.073
28 29 Hyuga WATANABE FTR Honda 1'45.679 2.091 0.053
29 99 Danny WEBB Suter Honda 1'45.795 2.207 0.116
30 22 Ana CARRASCO KTM 1'45.856 2.268 0.061
31 3 Matteo FERRARI FTR Honda 1'46.125 2.537 0.269
32 58 Juanfran GUEVARA TSR Honda 1'46.247 2.659 0.122
33 71 Thomas VAN LEEUWEN Bakker Honda 1'46.292 2.704 0.045
34 66 Florian ALT Kalex KTM 1'46.897 3.309 0.605
NC 63 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN KTM      

 

Round Number: 
7
2013
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This got to be the closest starting grid of all time, same time for the top two, and the top five in 0.085 !!!

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