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Moto3: Luis Salom - Q&A

A KTM Q&A with Moto3 World Championship leader Luis Salom
Halfway through the 2013 Moto3 World Championship season and new Red Bull KTM signing Luis Salom leads the standings by 14 points from Maverick Vinales.

Salom is currently enjoying the summer break in Palma de Mallorca, after two days of testing in Slovakia with KTM…

Q:
You lead the Moto3 class, with four wins and four podiums from eight Grands Prix. What rating would you give this half of the season?

Luis Salom:
"I'm very happy, because we have done a very good job so far. Giving yourself a mark out of ten is always difficult, but we have eight podium finishes from eight races - so how about we give ourselves an 8."

Q:
When you joined the Red Bull KTM Ajo team, did you expect to get to this point in the season in this situation?

Luis Salom:
"Honestly, no. I knew I was coming to a very strong team and that I had to give everything to be at their level, but I had aimed for four wins and four podiums at this stage of the season. I was sure I could be at the front fighting for the top positions, but not as often as we have been. The work we have done has been very good, so I'm very satisfied."

Q:
What race stands out so far, and why?

Luis Salom:
"Although I have very fond memories of most of them, I probably would say the Catalan Grand Prix. It was an almost perfect weekend. Achieving pole position and taking the victory at home, with all the fans cheering me on, was very special."

Q:
Which one do you have bad memories from?

Luis Salom:
"Maybe Austin, because it was a track that I really liked and I went quite well throughout the weekend. Also Jerez, where the red flag stopped the race from being completed. I don't know what would have happened, but I would have liked to have completed all the laps that were planned."

Q:
What are the biggest changes you've noticed this year?

Luis Salom:
"The most prominent and important was the work that the Red Bull KTM Ajo team have been doing. The way they do things and the tranquillity that transmit at all times. Overall, I have been surprised and I think they have been essential to our results."

Q:
What are the keys that make the Red Bull KTM Ajo team so special?

Luis Salom:
"The truth is there are many and it is impossible to describe them all. However, you only have to look at the results they have achieved so far: Three world titles - 2008, 2010, 2012 - and a runner-up spot – 2011 - in just five years. Achieving this success is not easy and this shows that, right now, the team is very strong.

Q:
What role does Aki Ajo play?

Luis Salom:
"I think Aki is the one who gives sense to the whole team. Everything is prepared, but without his presence things would not work like they do now. In my opinion, his role within the group is essential for everything going well and us achieving good results."

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mrfill

July 30, 2013 6:26 PM

Not sure about them being front runners in moto2. Look at Terol and Cortese. Both champions in the tiddlers but neither has done much in m2 (1 win from Terol). Would agree about Folger. He seems to look taller every race. Either that or the bike gets smaller.



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