- Maverick Viñales starts from pole for the fourth time this year. His three previous poles this year have resulted in wins at Catalunya and Silverstone, and a crash at Le Mans.
- Championship-leader Sandro Cortese, who starts from second place on the grid, has finished on the podium seven times in the first eight Moto3 races of the year.
The Spanish motorcycling has made history today at the Italian Grand Prix. Seven Spanish riders have managed to be in the front row of the grid in MotoGP and have achieved a hat-trick with Pedrosa, Lorenzo and Barbera in the top three positions.
This is a unique result in the history of Spanish motorcycling proving again that it is in excellent shape.
Blusens Avintia’s Maverick Viñales won his home race from pole position at the Moto3 round of the Gran Premi Aperol de Catalunya in dominant fashion, in front of Sandro Cortese and Miguel Oliveira.
The new Moto3™ category debuted on day one at Losail as a new era in the World Championship began, and it was last year’s 125cc Rookie of the Year Maverick Viñales (Blusens Avintia) who was the leading rider in both sessions.
Viñales topped the second practice session – in which all riders set their best time – with a time of 2’08.160, which left him 0.498s clear of second place, as the talented young Spaniard set a scorching marker for the rest of the field.
Malaysian rider Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Airasia-SIC-Ajo) led the charge behind Viñales with a time of 2’08.658, with Red Bull KTM Ajo rider Danny Kent putting a problematic first session behind him in which he had technical issues to time in third quickest at 2’08.967.
Casey Stoner, Dani Pedrosa, Marc Márquez and Maverick Viñales head event for riders competing under the energy company banner this season
The Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad de Madrid was packed with 9,000 fans this Saturday, as they enjoyed the Repsol Team 2012 presentation. Repsol Honda Team MotoGP riders Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa, Moto2 star Marc Márquez and Repsol Moto3 talents Maverick Viñales & Miguel Oliveira took part in the event, which featured music, a light show and magic. The presentation concluded with the surprise appearance of reigning World Champion Stoner onboard the new Honda RC213V.