SALOM TAKES SIXTH SEASON MOTO3 WIN AT SILVERSTONE!
Red Bull KTM Ajo factory rider Luis Salom of Spain displayed both speed and race craft on Sunday to take his sixth Moto3 Grand Prix of the season at Britain’s Silverstone circuit to surge ahead with a 26-point lead in the championship.
On Sunday Luis Salom was clearly the big winner of a group of four riders who have settled in to dominate the competition this season. Teammates Alex Rins and Alex Marquez were 2-3 on the podium and pole man Maverick Viñales finished fourth, his first time this season off the podium. All four riders are on KTM RC250 GP Moto3 racing machines, giving the Austrian manufacturer yet another clean sweep.
“This was a tough race,” Salom said. “Maverick was very strong at the beginning of the race and I knew I had to improve to cut back the time. Also this is a long circuit but it is still not easy to pass.” The Spaniard’s ride was all the more remarkable because he continues to ride with a fractured heel.
Viñales, who won in Silverstone last year was very strong in qualifying and looked a potential winner in the first half of the race. Had he succeeded he would have been able to cut the gap between him to a token amount. Instead by finishing fourth he now finds his fellow Spaniard with a significant 26-point lead with six round left in the competition.
By the half way mark the group of four had surged away from the following group and traded the lead often and quickly in the middle part of the race. By the end of the race they had distanced themselves from the rest of the pack by 20 seconds on the sweeping 5.9 km British circuit.
There was no telling the outcome as the four riders went into the final laps. As they went into the second half of the race then Salom made the move from the back of the group to take the lead with three laps to go. Meanwhile the minor places were hotly contested between Rins and Marquez and this two way battle held off Viñales, who finished a disappointing fourth.
Salom’s two Red Bull KTM Ajo teammates Zulfahmi Khairuddin of Malaysia and Arthur Sissis of Australia had mixed fortunes. Khairuddin had a problem on the grid and had to start from the pit lane going on to be ranked 20th. Sissis, who was suffering from a cold finished 24th.
Riders now have a one-week break before the competition resumes in San Marino for Round 12.
Results Moto3 Silverstone
1. Luis Salom (E), KTM, 38:17.291 min
2. Alex Rins (E), KTM, +0.049 sec
3. Alex Marquez (E), KTM, +0.698
4. Maverick Viñales (E), KTM, +0.849
5. Miguel Oliveira (P), Mahindra, +20.561
6. Jonas Folger (D), KALEX-KTM, +20.625
7. Jack Miller (AUS), FTR Honda, +20.631
8. Alexis Masbou (F), FTR Honda, +20.882
9. Jakub Kornfeil (CZ), KALEX-KTM, +24.970
10. Efren Vazquez (E), Mahindra, +25.288
15. Niklas Ajo (FIN), KTM, +34.145
16. Philipp Oettl (D), KALEX-KTM, +34.187
19. Livio Loi (B), KALEX-KTM, +48.640
20. Zulfahmi Khairuddin (MAL), KTM, +48.952
21. Toni Finsterbusch (D), KALEX-KTM, +48.964
22. Ana Carrasco (E), KTM, +48.993
24. Arthur Sissis (AUS), KTM, +49.853
25. Florian Alt (D), KALEX-KTM, +57.510
28. Jasper Iwema (NL), KALEX-KTM, +1:21.469 min
29. Eric Granado (BR), KALEX-KTM, +1:57.071
Standings Moto3 after 11 of 17 rounds
1. Salom, 233 points
2. M. Viñales, 207
3. Rins, 200
4. Folger, 120
5. Marquez, 117
6. Oliveira, 95
7. Miller, 65
8. Masbou, 64
9. Kornfeil, 53
10. Vazquez, 52
11. Sissis, 51
12. Khairuddin, 50
14. Ajo, 38
20. Iwema, 8
21. Granado, 7
24. Loi, 3
25. Oettl, 1
Manufacturers Standings Moto3 after 11 of 17 rounds
1. KTM, 275 points
2. KALEX-KTM, 120
3. Mahindra, 104