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Czech Moto3: Salom steals victory in Brno thriller
25 August 2013
By Lisa Lewis
Luis Salom rode a considered race in the Moto3 class despite carrying injury for his fifth win of the season as the rain held off in Brno on Sunday.
The Spaniard treated viewers to another of his late charges aboard the Red Bull KTM Ajo from fourth but was back on crutches in parc ferme as he nurses a broken ankle after his seventh career win, setting the fastest lap of the race on the final lap and extending his championship lead to 14 points in the process.
After running in a fairly large group of 6 KTM's and Honda's the closing stages saw many lunges for the front with the podium being decided in the final corners.
Maverick Vinales maintained his position as Salom's main title rival by snatching second for Team Calvo. He remains the only rider to appear on the rostrum at every round so far this season.
Vinales podium, his tenth in a row equals the most consecutive podium appearances at the start of a season in the 125/Moto3 class record of Fausto Gresini, though his ten from an eleven race season were all wins.
The final podium place went to Mapre Aspar's Jonas Folger who had an amazing slipstream on his Kalex KTM,with a sizeable gap appearing at the same time, due to the fortunes of the Estrella Galicia riders.
The German is the only rider not from Spain to appear on the podium in 2013 with his second rostrum appearance this year, the tenth of his career. Folger won the Brno Moto3 race last year on his Aspar debut.
Alex Rins had to settle for fourth ahead of Alex Marquez in fifth as he battled his team-mate around the final lap, the pair being passed by both Vinales and Folger as they fought each other for position.
Alexis Mabou remained top Honda rider this weekend after becoming the first rider to put a Honda on the front row this year, finishing sixth for Ongetta-Rivacold.
Jack Miller, fought the pack and his injuries – he had his collarbone pinned in the week after his Indy fall – though faded towards the closing stages for an seventh place finish for Caretta Technology RTG.
Local rider Jakub Kornfeil enjoyed an eighth place finish at his local circuit for Redox RW racing.
Ninth went to the Mahindra of Miguel Oliveira after a late charge, with his team-mate Efren Vazquez not far behind in eleventh, sandwiching Go & Fun Gresini's Niccolo Antonelli in tenth in the race for points down the order.
Alessandro Tonucci had just his second points scoring finish this season in twelfth for La Fonte Tascaracing.
The only permanent British rider in the championship, John McPhee, got caught by a chasing pack of riders, headed up by Oliveira, knocking him down to13th , having been as high as fifth briefly.
Both the Scotsman and fellow Caretta Technology- RTG rider Miller suffered in the later stages having opted to ride with soft rear tyres.
The final points went to the Red Bull KTM Ajo riders Arthur Sissis in 14th and Zulfahmi Khairuddin in 15th, with the Malaysian having been down in 21st just two laps earlier.
Early casualty Niklas Ajo crashed out on the first lap, shortly before Isaac Vinales was shown unable to get his bike in gear, leaving him unable to race.
Lorenzo Baldassarri and Brad Binder fell while fighting for the positions for the final points with six laps to go, Juanfran Guevara also failed to finish.
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