Third row for Salom and Sissis

28/09/2013

Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Spanish and Australian riders place eighth and ninth, vcialis 40mg respectively, in qualifying for Aragon GP. Zulfahmi Khairuddin —eleventh— will take off from the fourth row.

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Luis Salom and Arthur Sissis will both begin the Aragon GP from the third row of the grid. The Red Bull KTM Ajo riders took the eighth and ninth spots in qualifying for the race, held at MotorLand. One row behind, Zulfahmi Khairuddin will start from eleventh.

The day began with a final practice session in difficult conditions. On a track filled with damp patches due to overnight rain, the Red Bull KTM Ajo riders tried out wet tires in the runout. After a few minutes, Luis Salom and Zulfahmi Khairuddin decided to come back into the pits and avoid any further risks, having undertaken five and four laps, respectively. Arthur Sissis was the rider with the most stints on track, with the tenth best time of the session: 2:12.175.

Right from the start of qualifying, the three Red Bull KTM Ajo men were up amongst the top ten. Despite improving their times, it was not until eight minutes from the end, with new rubber, that the trio set their hot laps. Luis Salom took eighth with a 2:00.275, Arthur Sissis was ninth and Zulfahmi Khairuddin eleventh. The Malaysian rider lowered his times in spite of a crash at Turn 11 with 21 minutes left on the clock.

The race begins at 11am tomorrow morning. Luis Salom was the winner at Aragon last year.

Results (Qualifying practice)
1. Alex Rins (KTM) 1:58.571
2. Maverick Viñales (KTM) 1:59.263 +0.702
3. Alex Marquez (KTM) 1:59.282 +0.711
4. Philipp Oettl (Kalex KTM) 1:59.906 +1.335
5. Efren Vazquez (Mahindra) 1:59.932 +1.361
8. Luis Salom (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 2:00.275 +1.704
9. Arthur Sissis (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 2:00.337 +1.766
11. Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 2:00.378 +1.807

Luis Salom >> Audio
“We had a difficult time today. We were able to set the same times as yesterday, but not improve. I think that we could have gone faster, but some little setbacks impeded this. I am still happy, because we started the weekend well yesterday. If we do a good job between this afternoon and the warmup tomorrow, then we can have a good result in the race. We are working well with the bike and just need to perfect a few details.”

Arthur Sissis >> Audio
“We started the qualifying practice quite good. In the opening minutes I was able to set a good pace, thanks to some small changes to the setup. With new tyres we were even able to go a little faster. Unfortunately, on the last lap I ran into a large group of riders and they stopped me from setting a better time. A top ten start is very good, so tomorrow we need to get a good start and go at it 100%.”

Zulfahmi Khairuddin >> Audio (English) // Audio (Bahasa)
“To tell the truth, this wasn’t the result that I was hoping for or expecting. We weren’t too bad in qualifying, but our aim for the race is a top ten finish. We have to focus on solving some aspects of the bike which are giving us problems, in order to go at full gas tomorrow. I crashed at Turn 11 when I hit a bump in the middle of the corner. Despite this I am happy and want to continue to working hard to have a good race.”

*Audio solely for radio use

 

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