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Valencia Moto3: Jonas Folger grabs last-gasp pole

Jonas Folger, Aspar, Valencia Moto3 2012Jonas Folger captured his second grand prix pole with a last-gasp effort in qualifying for the Moto3 season finale at Valencia.

The 19-year-old Aspar rider, who was also on pole at Aragon earlier this year, joined forces with Miguel Oliveira's Monlau Suter-Honda for a final flying effort as the chequered flag flew.

Both men helped spur the other on, duly capturing first and second respectively at the death.

Their late improvements denied Luis Salom a maiden pole, the 21-year-old having jumped more than three tenths of a second clear with six minutes of the session to run.

Folger and Oliveira also pushed 2012 champion Sandro Cortese down to fourth, the first time since Silverstone in June that the Ajo KTM rider has not started on the front row.

He will line up alongside his once-title rival Maverick Vinales and Efren Vazquez.

Vinales had set the pace for much of the session, threatening to capture his sixth pole of the year and his first since his acrimonious spat with his Avintia team.

He was unable to get out in the crucial final 10 minutes however, and was therefore helpless to respond as he was gradually bumped down to fifth.

Danny Kent, Niccolo Antonelli and Luis Rossi completed the third row, with Rossi just shy of eight tenths slower than Folger.

Pos  Rider                  Team/Bike                Time       Gap
 1.  Jonas Folger           Aspar Kalex-KTM          1m41.263s
 2.  Miguel Oliveira        Monlau Suter-Honda       1m41.316s  + 0.053s
 3.  Luis Salom             RW Kalex-KTM             1m41.441s  + 0.178s
 4.  Sandro Cortese         Ajo KTM                  1m41.506s  + 0.243s
 5.  Maverick Vinales       Avintia FTR-Honda        1m41.774s  + 0.511s
 6.  Efren Vazquez          Laglisse FTR-Honda       1m41.828s  + 0.565s
 7.  Danny Kent             Ajo KTM                  1m41.952s  + 0.689s
 8.  Niccolo Antonelli      Gresini FTR-Honda        1m42.045s  + 0.782s
 9.  Louis Rossi            Germany FTR-Honda        1m42.078s  + 0.815s
10.  Alessandro Tonucci     Italia FMI FTR-Honda     1m42.194s  + 0.931s
11.  Romano Fenati          Italia FMI FTR-Honda     1m42.241s  + 0.978s
12.  Alex Marquez           Ambrogio Suter-Honda     1m42.380s  + 1.117s
13.  Adrian Martin          Laglisse FTR-Honda       1m42.461s  + 1.198s
14.  Jakub Kornfeil         Ongetta FTR-Honda        1m42.476s  + 1.213s
15.  Brad Binder            RW Kalex-KTM             1m42.497s  + 1.234s
16.  Hector Faubel          Laglisse FTR-Honda       1m42.560s  + 1.297s
17.  Zulfahmi Khairuddin    Ajo KTM                  1m42.698s  + 1.435s
18.  Alex Rins              Monlau Suter-Honda       1m42.799s  + 1.536s
19.  Arthur Sissis          Ajo KTM                  1m42.804s  + 1.541s
20.  Luca Amato             Aspar Kalex-KTM          1m42.974s  + 1.711s
21.  Juan Francisco Guevar  Wild Wolf BST FTR-Honda  1m43.003s  + 1.740s
22.  Niklas Ajo             TT MotionKTM             1m43.011s  + 1.748s
23.  Isaac Vinales          Ongetta FTR-Honda        1m43.175s  + 1.912s
24.  Alan Techer            Technomag-CIP TSR-Honda  1m43.419s  + 2.156s
25.  Jack Miller            Caretta Honda            1m43.430s  + 2.167s
26.  Philipp Oettl          HP Kalex-KTM             1m43.692s  + 2.429s
27.  Toni Finsterbusch      Germany Honda            1m43.722s  + 2.459s
28.  Giulian Pedone         Ambrogio Suter-Honda     1m43.971s  + 2.708s
29.  John McPhee            Caretta KRP Honda        1m44.478s  + 3.215s
30.  Josep Rodriguez        FGR Honda                1m44.502s  + 3.239s
31.  Armando Pontone        Ioda                     1m44.693s  + 3.430s
32.  Luigi Morciano         Ioda Italia              1m44.778s  + 3.515s
33.  Kenta Fujii            Technomag-CIP TSR-Honda  1m44.893s  + 3.630s
34.  Danny Webb             Mahindra                 1m44.933s  + 3.670s
35.  Miroslav Popov         Mahindra                 1m45.082s  + 3.819s
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