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Moto3: Salom gets a penalty

“It was not on purpose. I was fighting for victory and just made a mistake” - Luis Salom.
By Lisa Lewis

RW Racing's Luis Salom has been handed a five place grid penalty for this weekend's Malaysian Moto3 Grand Prix, for his part in the manic last lap action at Motegi.

Winner of two grands prix this season, Salom was keen to add to his tally but a rash manoeuvre in trying to move from fourth to first also took out race leader Jonas Folger, the Aspar man visibly angry with the Spaniard when the two met in the gravel.

It was soon announced that the move would be investigated, although the incident was somewhat overshadowed by the events that unfolded over the rest of the lap, with Sandro Cortese's accident and outbusts grabbing the most attention.

Kalex-KTM rider Salom confirmed the penalty decision on his official website, where he also placed the following statement:

"It's a shame and I feel so bad for Jonas Folger, but it was not on purpose. I was fighting for victory and made a mistake. It was a racing incident. I'm back to third in the championship standings. That's the worst. "

Team manager Johan Stigefelt looked for positives among the bad news:

"This is a very bad result for the team, but we have to keep our heads high. Aside from the race we had a good weekend and we have to regain that spirit for Malaysia, the next race. Luckily Luis is not hurt, because we have three races in a row with little time to recover."

Salom is leaving RW Racing at the end of the season to join Red Bull KTM Ajo. RW Racing will be running Czech rider Jakub Kornfeil next year.

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loobyloo - Unregistered

October 15, 2012 10:45 AM

Interesting move by Race Direction there... Salom's racing incident on Folger - grid penalty Bautista on Lorenzo at Assen - grid penalty Marquez on Luthi in Qatar - warning Marquez on Espargaro in Catalunya - warning Now Marquez on Luthi judged a 'racing incident' by Race direction in practice on Kallio - warning Seems someone can't get penalized for trying! Fault for that not with Marquez, it's not up to him to seek the punishment, it's race directions job to treat all riders EQUALLY and punish when appropriate so as to help the racers become better, safer, smarter riders who can pull off great moves with minimum risk. It applies all round - maybe if someone had warned Cortese more of his conduct earlier in the season (especially his moves on Kent) his initial response yesterday may not have been the same. Salom's is a great racer so hopefully having to start a little further back will spur him on to some great racing action to get to the front.

G.O.M. - Unregistered

October 15, 2012 10:43 AM

Let's face it, Salom is a very competitive, ambitious RACER! He saw a chance, took it, and this time it didn't quite work out. I would much rather see a rider take a chance for the win, than settle for 4th! Marc Marquez has pulled a lot of much worse moves with more serious consequences, yet it seems like he's treated by a very different set of rules!!!

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