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Moto3: Luis Salom - Q&A

After eight races you are the World Championship leader, with a 14-point lead in a very competitive Moto3 class. How do you see this competition?

Luis Salom:
"I honestly do not know when the title will be decided, and there is still a lot of the season remaining - nine races. Predicting an outcome now is very difficult. Anything can happen. There are many riders who have had a very good first half of the season and then dipped in the second half, and vice-versa. Everything is very tight and the races are decided by very small details. So we'll see how things go and what happens after the summer break."

Q:
How do you see your rivals at the head of the overall standings?

Luis Salom:
"It seems that so far, along with Alex [Rins] and Maverick [Viñales], we have created a bit of an advantage, but we have already seen at different races that many riders can get into the leading group at any time. All of them are very talented riders. Moreover, if we add to that the fact that we all have the same material available, everything is very tight and it will be very difficult to stay on top."

Q:
What has surprised you about the KTM Moto3 bike this year?

Luis Salom:
"I'm very happy with it. The bike is very easy to ride, very docile, and when you get used to riding it is fun. For a rider it is important to enjoy oneself on the bike and this, in addition to surprising me, is something I value a lot."

Q:
After the Mugello test you said you had found significant improvements. What changes did you make there?

Luis Salom:
"In Italy, like in Slovakia last week, we did a spectacular job. I don't believe I had ever ridden [so] much. Adding kilometres to the clock is precisely what allows you to learn more about the performance of the bike. Through this we have made small but important changes to the front end of the bike. I think from there we took a step forward. I have to thank KTM for the work being done, because it's been spectacular."

Q:
Of the remaining circuits, are there any that particularly excite you?

Luis Salom:
"The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is, without a doubt, the track that makes me most excited. I like it very much and it is where I got my first World Championship victory last year. I am looking forward to the end of the summer break and returning to the track. Of the others, more or less, they are all the same for me and there are none that I do not like. The Spanish GPs are always special."

Q:
How do you approach the Asian series of races? Is it different from the other GPs?

Luis Salom:
"For me, Malaysia, Australia and Japan are just three races like any other. October flies by, time passes very quickly - which is a shame. I wish I could enjoy them more. Now, returning from holiday you prepare for three consecutive races, which I have to take one at a time. In the second half of the season you spend much more time away from home, so these last few weeks beforehand I will stay put.”

Q:
In the last few races you have read things well. What is the secret?

Luis Salom:
"There is no secret. I simply try to think fast on the bike and do what I think is right, at the right time. Throughout the season this sometimes works out and sometimes it doesn't. You risk just enough to achieve the best possible outcome."

Q:
Lately the races have been decided on the last lap and between a group of three, four or five riders in the leading group. Do you think this will be the same until the last Grand Prix of the year?

Luis Salom:
"I sincerely hope not [laughs]. Yes it is true that in recent races there have been similar outcomes, but it is also normal because we have the same bikes and all the riders are very strong. We'll see what happens in these nine remaining races, but intuition tells me that everything will continue in the same way."

Q:
Do you think this summer break has come at a good time?

Luis Salom:


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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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