VIÑALES WINS MOTO3 IN JEREZ TO LEAD CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS AFTER ROUND 3
KTM rider Maverick Viñales was declared winner of the Moto3 Round 3 when the race was red flagged after lap 15 depriving second placed Luis Salom of the Red Bull KTM Ajo Factory Team the chance to tackle him for victory in the closing stages.
The two Spanish riders finished 1-2 with Jonas Folger of Germany third on the KALEX-KTM. It was the second red flag incident so far this year. The last round in Austin Texas was also stopped when a rider required medical attention on the track. In that instance Salom benefited most when he won a five-lap restart to claim the points.
Sunday’s race on the famous Spanish circuit was held in near perfect early summer conditions and at least in the first half looked set to be a four-way battle for the podium. Maverick Viñales was part of a three Spanish rider front row, all on the KTM RC250 GP Moto3 bike and was joined by pole-sitter Alex Rins and Luis Salom. Together with German racer Jonas Folger, they broke away from the pack as early as lap three and began to put distance between them and the rest of the riders. Folger hung onto the back of the three leaders but it soon became apparent that he would find it difficult to stick with them.
Even in the earlier stages Viñales tried to shake off the other two riders but they hung onto his wheel. Then the whole situation changed in lap 13 of the 23-lap race when Rins lost the front end of his KTM and finished in the gravel. This left it up to Viñales and Salom to fight it out and excitement rose in anticipation of Salom’s much practiced last lap attack. Any aspirations he may have had to overtake Viñales in the final corners then disappeared when the race was stopped and declared over after 15 laps.
Strong rides by other riders on KTM-driven bikes
Other good results for riders on KTM-driven bikes included Niklas Ajo, who was sixth after a third row start, closely followed by Malaysia’s Zulfahmi Khairuddin in seventh place. Arthur Sissis, who was hampered in Austin Texas with an injured hand finished in twelfth. Jasper Iwema and his young teammate Livio Loi finished at 14 and 15 on their KALEX-KTMs. Loi is a graduate from the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup and made his debut race Sunday after celebrating his sixteenth birthday this week. He also picked up his first World Championship point for his efforts.
The next round of the competition takes riders to the historic Le Mans circuit in two weeks’ time for Round 4.
Results Moto3 Jerez
1. Maverick Viñales (E), KTM, 26:57.338 min
2. Luis Salom (E), KTM, +0.263 sec
3. Jonas Folger (D), KALEX-KTM, +4.475
4. Brad Binder (RSA), Suter Honda, +15.104
5. Jakub Kornfeil (CZ), KALEX-KTM, +18.412
6. Niklas Ajo (FIN), KTM, +19.064
7. Zulfahmi Khairuddin (MA), KTM, +19.204
8. Efren Vazquez (E), Mahindra, +19.680
9. Romano Fenati (I), FTR Honda, +22.763
10. Alexis Masbou (F), FTR Honda, +23.138
12. Arthur Sissis (AUS), KTM, +23.796
14. Jasper Iwema (NL), KALEX-KTM, +29.586
15. Livio Loi (B), KALEX-KTM, +29.776
19. Eric Granado (BR), KALEX-KTM, +35.004
20. Philipp Oettl (D), KALEX-KTM, +40.403
23. Alex Marquez (E), KTM, +50.055
DNF, Florian Alt (D), KALEX-KTM
DNF, Ana Carrasco (E), KTM
DNF, Alex Rins (E), KTM
DNF, Toni Finsterbusch (D), KALEX-KTM
Stanings Moto3 after 3 of 17 rounds
1. M. Viñales, 65 points
2. Salom, 61
3. Rins, 41
4. Folger, 40
5. Khairuddin, 28
6. Binder, 24
7. Miguel Oliveira (P), Mahinra, 20
8. Ajo, 18
9. Kornfeil, 17
10. Vazquez, 16
12. Sissis, 16
13. Marquez, 13
18. Iwema, 5
20. Loi, 1
Manufacturers Standings Moto3 after 3 of 17 rounds
1. KTM, 75 points
2. KALEX-KTM, 40
3. Mahindra, 28