Luis Salom flies to Moto3 pole at Phillip Island
A magnificent qualifying session for Moto3 World Championship leader Luis Salom at Phillip Island gave the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider the top spot on the grid, with a time of 1:36.890. It is a second consecutive pole position and a fourth of the season for the Spaniard.
In the third and final free practice of the weekend, the Red Bull KTM Ajo riders looked to put the finishing touches to their setups. Luis Salom and Zulfahmi Khairuddin waited until the final part of the session to improve their times from yesterday, whilst Arthur Sissis did so in the first twenty minutes. Salom set the fifth fastest time —1:37.530—, Zulfahmi Khairuddin was eleventh with a 1:37.775 and Sissis was seventeenth —1:38.046.
Luis Salom was one of the fastest on track right from the early stages of qualifying. In the decisive session of the day, the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider found a gap in traffic and clocked two excellent closing laps.
The fifteenth race of the year will begin tomorrow at 1PM local time and Luis Salom will be seeking his second consecutive win.
“I’m happy, because after yesterday’s session with which I ended up not very satisfied, today I got what I wanted: A good pace for the race. I think we put in a good lap in the qualifying session, although it could have been better because I made a mistake in the final sector.
We have the pace that we wanted, although I’m sure tomorrow it will be a difficult race and we shall have to fight hard on every lap.”
Source: Red Bull KTM Ajo Motorsport