Moto3 Qatar: Luis Salom takes last-gasp pole from Maverick Vinales

Luis Salom took his maiden Moto3 pole position in a dramatic finale to qualifying for the season-opening Qatar Grand Prix

Moto3 Qatar: Luis Salom takes last-gasp pole from Maverick Vinales

The 21-year-old Spaniard hit the front on his Ajo KTM with five minutes remaining, knocking Alex Rins' Monlau-run KTM down to second.

Salom, last year's championship runner-up, then lost the top spot himself to Maverick Vinales, who became the first man to dip below the 2m08s barrier in the session.

Salom hit back with a 2m07.423s lap, helped by a tow down the start/finish straight, and then improved on his final lap to a 2m07.229s, despite a major wobble between Turns 5 and 6.

Without a tow, Vinales was unable to usurp his countryman at the end and will start second. Rins then knocked Folger down to fourth right at the end to complete an all-Spanish front row.

Behind Folger, riding an Aspar Kalex-KTM, and Mahindra rider Miguel Oliveira, Frenchman Alan Techer will start a career-best sixth on the grid.

Pos Rider Team/Bike Time Gap 1. Luis Salom Ajo KTM 2m07.229s 2. Maverick Vinales Laglisse KTM 2m07.337s + 0.108s 3. Alex Rins Monlau KTM 2m07.596s + 0.367s 4. Jonas Folger Aspar Kalex-KTM 2m07.894s + 0.665s 5. Miguel Oliveira Mahindra 2m08.409s + 1.180s 6. Alan Techer CIP TSR-Honda 2m08.471s + 1.242s 7. Jakub Kornfeil RW Kalex-KTM 2m08.482s + 1.253s 8. Efren Vazquez Mahindra 2m08.521s + 1.292s 9. Alex Marquez Monlau KTM 2m08.556s + 1.327s 10. Arthur Sissis Ajo KTM 2m08.567s + 1.338s 11. Zulfahmi Khairuddin Ajo KTM 2m08.575s + 1.346s 12. Romano Fenati Italia FTR-Honda 2m08.784s + 1.555s 13. Isaac Vinales Ongetta FTR-Honda 2m08.988s + 1.759s 14. Niccolo Antonelli Gresini FTR-Honda 2m09.107s + 1.878s 15. Danny Webb Ambrogio Suter-Honda 2m09.405s + 2.176s 16. Niklas Ajo Tecno KTM 2m09.750s + 2.521s 17. Brad Binder Ambrogio Suter-Honda 2m09.885s + 2.656s 18. Jasper Iwema RW Kalex-KTM 2m09.911s + 2.682s 19. Alexis Masbou Ongetta FTR-Honda 2m10.158s + 2.929s 20. John McPhee Caretta RTG FTR-Honda 2m10.195s + 2.966s 21. Jack Miller Caretta RTG FTR-Honda 2m10.221s + 2.992s 22. Juan Guevara CIP TSR-Honda 2m10.443s + 3.214s 23. Ana Carrasco Laglisse KTM 2m10.520s + 3.291s 24. Toni Finsterbusch Kiefer Kalex-KTM 2m10.688s + 3.459s 25. Eric Granado Aspar Kalex-KTM 2m11.798s + 3.569s 26. Alessandro Tonucci Tasca-Honda 2m10.939s + 3.710s 27. Philipp Oettl Paddock Kalex-KTM 2m11.000s + 3.771s 28. Florian Alt Kiefer Kalex KTM 2m11.047s + 3.818s 29. Francesco Bagnaia Italia FTR-Honda 2m11.284s + 4.055s 30. Lorenzo Baldassarri Gresini FTR-Honda 2m11.286s + 4.057s 31. Matteo Ferrari Ongetta FTR-Honda 2m11.775s + 4.546s 32. Hyuga Watanabe Tasca Honda 2m12.542s + 5.313s 
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