Luis Salom secures fifth spot on Le Mans Moto3 grid
The starting grid for the fourth GP of the year was decided today. The weather conditions were good for the final practice sessions and the riders enjoyed a dry track at Le Mans. Luis Salom took fifth in qualifying, despite suffering a heavy crash in the morning. His Red Bull KTM Ajo teammates, Zulfahmi Khairuddin and Arthur Sissis, placed fifteenth and twentieth, respectively.
The day began with a final free practice session. Zulfahmi Khairuddin and Arthur Sissis used these final 40 minutes to carry out the work that they were unable to complete yesterday, and were two of the only riders to better their times on a track that had dropped to 10ºC in temperature. Luis Salom had a late, heavy crash, when exiting the final corner.
Despite pain in his back, the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider made a tremendous effort in qualifying. He took fifth place with a time of 1:44.178. Zulfahmi Khairuddin came out strong and was immediately amongst the top ten. His final lap of 1:44.836 was his best of the day, putting him on the fifth row, whilst Arthur Sissis took twentieth with a time of 1:45.381 —a second better than his previous best.
Tomorrow’s race takes place at 11am, with rain forecast for the Moto3 contest.
“I arrived from the hospital five minutes before qualifying started, so it has been a non-stop day. Despite this, and the fact that my back hurts a lot, I am happy because I think that we have a good pace. I was able to go round in under 1’44 at the end of the session, which is what is really important. The best thing is that we aren’t too far off the fastest time, and that is promising.
Before my crash I was on a very fast lap, close to today’s pole, but I went wide on the last corner and touched the grass.”
Source: Red Bull KTM Ajo Motorsport