Front row start for Luis Salom in the French GP, Maverick Viñales 7th on grid

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Spaniard Luis Salom achieved the third fastest time in today’s Moto2 qualifying session in Le Mans.

The GP weekend began really well for the Pons HP 40 rider, finishing yesterday as the fastest rider with his teammate Maverick Viñales third. Salom made various changes in the configuration of his Kalex for this morning’s FP3 which didn’t work out quite as planned.

Therefore te team reverted back to yesterday’s settings for qualifying. This allowed him to set the third fastest time, one tenth slower than the pole time which was set by German rider Jonas Folger.

Maverick Viñales, who was able to post the second fastest time this morning, couldn’t get the right feel on his Kalex during qualifying and had to settle for seventh place on the grid. This means he will start tomorrow’s race from row three.

Luis Salom – 3rd place
“I’m happy with how the weekend is going so far. Yesterday was really good for us and we set the fastest time. This morning we went out on track with a couple of changes to the bike but I didn’t feel comfortable with the bike. And in this category, when things aren’t right for you, you find yourself far down the order. We decided to go back to yesterday’s setting and that worked well for us for qualifying. I went out and did lap after lap, I only stopped once. We did some great work and I’d like to thank the team. We’ll see if we can have a good race tomorrow and race up front. This is a difficult track and physically very demanding as you have to maintain a high pace for the whole race.”

Maverick Viñales – 7th place
“This afternoon during qualifying the bike behaved differently. In the morning it worked well, the same as yesterday, but this afternoon it was sliding a lot and I couldn’t ride it like I normally would. We’ll start from the third row tomorrow, so I’ll have to be even more focused, as the first couple of laps in this category are always complicated and even more so further down the field.”

Source: Pons Racing

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