Vinales Storms To Pole At The Sachsenring

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Maverick Vinales continued to defy his lack of experience by taking a stunning pole position on his first visit to the Sachsenring. The 16 year old has been the revelation of the 2011 season and took his third pole position in four races by a third of a second from Hector Faubel.

The session had appeared to be a straight fight between the two Aspar Aprilias of Faubel and Nicolas Terol, who had been quickest in every session so far this weekend. Heading into the final five minutes, it was indeed Faubel who held provisional pole by a tenth of a second from the championship leader.

Faubel set out on his last run in defence of pole position and set the fastest time of the weekend with a 1:27.808 but Vinales was already quicker behind him in the road, and bumped him straight down to second with a 1:27.649.

None of his rivals had any answer to that but the rookie added insult to injury by going a further two tenths quicker to confirm his place at the front of tomorrow's grid.

Faubel, who had a high-speed trip through the gravel in the last couple of minutes will start alongside, as will Luis Salom who jumped up to third in the closing stages, completing a Spanish lock-out of the front row.

Surprisingly given his dominance of the weekend so far, Nicolas Terol had nothing more to give at the end of qualifying and will have to settle for a place on the second row in fourth. Sergio Gadea had perhaps the most troublesome session of all after a suspension problem on his out lap but kept his head to secure fifth, demoting Johann Zarco to sixth.

Avant-AirAsia-Ajo teammate Efren Vazquez heads the third row in seventh ahead of Alberto Moncayo but the German crowd will have to look all the way back to ninth to find their leading rider Jonas Folger. Sandro Cortese fared even worse in front of his fellow countrymen and crashed at the end of the session, keeping him down in 15th.

The honour of top British rider went to Danny Kent who finished right on the pace of his teammate in tenth. Danny Webb didn't have the same success against his teammate and will start from 16th, with Marcel Schrotter getting his Mahindra up into 13th.

All four British youngsters will start inside the first seven rows on tomorrow's 36-bike grid after Harry Stafford qualified 20th despite failing to match his best practice time, with Taylor Mackenzie an excellent 21st.


Qualifying Result:

Pos Rider Nat Bike Team Time/Gap
1 Maverick Vinales SPA Aprilia Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing 1:27.477
2 Hector Faubel SPA Aprilia Bankia Aspar Team +0.331
3 Luis Salom SPA Aprilia RW Racing GP +0.388
4 Nicolas Terol SPA Aprilia Bankia Aspar Team +0.515
5 Sergio Gadea SPA Aprilia Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing +0.590
6 Johann Zarco FRA Derbi Avant-AirAsia-Ajo +0.701
7 Efren Vazquez SPA Derbi Avant-AirAsia-Ajo +0.839
8 Alberto Moncayo SPA Aprilia Andalucía Banca Civica +0.867
9 Jonas Folger GER Aprilia Red Bull Ajo MotorSport +0.913
10 Danny Kent GBR Aprilia Red Bull Ajo MotorSport +1.149
11 Miguel Oliveira POR Aprilia Andalucía Banca Civica +1.174
12 Adrian Martin SPA Aprilia Bankia Aspar Team +1.227
13 Marcel Schrotter GER Mahindra Mahindra Racing +1.244
14 Niklas Ajo FIN Aprilia TT Motion Events Racing +1.275
15 Sandro Cortese GER Aprilia Intact-Racing Team Germany +1.301
16 Danny Webb GBR Mahindra Mahindra Racing +1.345
17 Zulfahmi Khairuddin MAL Derbi AirAsia-Sic-Ajo +1.452
18 Luigi Morciano ITA Aprilia Team Italia FMI +1.585
19 Simone Grotzkyj ITA Aprilia Phonica Racing +1.694
20 Harry Stafford GBR Aprilia Ongetta-Centro-Seta +1.749
21 Taylor Mackenzie GBR Aprilia Phonica Racing +1.830
22 Alexis Masbou FRA KTM Caretta Technology +1.969
23 Louis Rossi FRA Aprilia Matteoni Racing +1.973
24 Jasper Iwema NED Aprilia Ongetta-Abbink-Metaal +2.046
25 Luca Gruenwald (WC) NED KTM Freudenberg Racing Team +2.151
26 Jack Miller (WC) AUS Aprilia RZT Racing +2.203
27 Sturla Fagerhaug NOR Aprilia WTR-Ten10 Racing +2.248
28 Toni Finsterbusch (WC) GER KTM Freudenberg Racing Team +2.262
29 Giulian Pedone SWI Aprilia Phonica Racing +2.348
30 Jakub Kornfeil CZE Aprilia Ongetta-Centro-Seta +2.428
31 Francesco Mauriello ITA Aprilia WTR-Ten10 Racing +2.750
32 Peter Sebestyen HUN KTM Caretta Technology +3.125
33 Joan Perello SPA Aprilia Matteoni Racing +3.129
34 Alessandro Tonucci ITA Aprilia Team Italia FMI +3.796
35 Felix Forstenhaeusler (WC) GER Honda Schwaben Racing Team +3.954
36 Marvin Fritz (WC) GER Honda LHR Project Racing +4.178
107% Qualifying Time: 1:33.600
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