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Moto3: Salom snatches debut victory at Indy

Luis Salom snatches victory with a well timed manoeuvre, Sandro Cortese settles for second as Maverick Vinales slides out, Jonas Folger takes third.
By Lisa Lewis

Luis Salom took his first Moto3 victory aboard his RW Racing Kalex KTM for round ten of the Moto3 championship at Indianapolis on Sunday,

After Vinales made a break for the win with 14 laps to go, Cortese reacted and the pair battled it out,swapping the lead several times in the remainder of the race with Salom in a close third.

Spaniard Salom, who had equalled his best qualifying to start the race fourth, stalked the lead pair as the laps counted down, and timed his overtaking move down the inside to perfection, speaking after the race he said “ the last lap is difficult, I have some problems with the tyre” adding that his maiden win felt “incredible”.

Sandro Cortese finished second for Red Bull KTM Ajo, he now leads the championship by 29 points, the German said after the race he was sad Blusens rider Vinales had crashed out from the race after such great battling, he is still his nearest rival in terms of championship points.

Cortese's fellow countryman Jonas Folger impressed on his debut ride for the Mapfre Aspar team after leaving Ioda, coming home in the final podium place. The young German said third felt “like winning” and was “such a great feeling”.

Portuguese racer Miguel Oliveira Estrella Galicia 0,0 crossed the line fourth, while Romano Fenati who had lead the chasing pack aboard the Team Italia FMI bike finished just behind him fifth. Also in that group was early leader Zulfahmi Khairuddin who was sixth for AirAsia-Sic-Ajo KTM.

Spanish Championship winner Alex Rins was seventh for Estrella Galicia 0,0 while Jakub Kornfeil was eighth aboard the Redox-Ongetta-Centro Seta. New Andalucia JHK Laglisse rider Alberto Moncayo was ninth after moving to the team with Alexis Masbou completing the top ten for Caretta Technology.

Danny Kent lead the race in the early stages but faded on the Red Bull KTM Ajo, eventually finishing 12th.

Adrian Martin, Niklas Ajo, Niccolo Antonelli and Jasper Iwema all crashed out together on lap one, Ajo restarted but was later black flagged for ' anti-sporting behaviour' as he lashed out at Martin for the crash in the aftermath before he rejoined.

Alex Marquez also crashed out on his debut for the Ambrogio Next Racing team, he had previously crashed three times on Saturday qualifying the last of which caused the session to be red flagged.

Efren Vazquez was left frustrated enough to pick up throw the bodywork which broke off the JHK Laglisse bike after he crashed out with eleven laps to go.

Hector Faubel, Jack Miller, and Danny Webb were all declared unfit to race after their crashes in qualifying, Webb had taken part in warm up but felt pain, a new x-ray revealing a fracture in his right arm.

Moto3 continues next week when the championship moves on to Brno in the Czech Republic.



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Ben1

August 19, 2012 8:36 PM

@ Bomg You are right, but Vinales is usually the first who breaks away because he always has good starts. Cortese usually slips back to 6th-8th place, then he overtakes the better starters and catches Vinales who is in the front from the first moments.



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