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Moto3: Salom victorious as Vinales suffers technical issue

Louis Salom wins a hard fought Aragon race from Sandro Cortese and Jonas Folger - Maverick Vinales fails to make it past the warm-up lap after a engine issue.
By Lisa Lewis

Louis Salom took a dramatic win for RW Racing in a busy Moto3 race at Motorland Aragon, with the top ten riders all in victory contention for most of the race.

It is Salom's second win, while Kalex-KTM/KTM bikes filled the top four positions.

Salom got the better of his injury woes, riding through the pain barrier to take an impressive victory on the last lap despite hurting his collarbone in practice and crashing again in Sunday warm-up.

The Spaniard powered past Sandro Cortese and Jonas Folger to snatch victory by 0.155, moving Salom to second in the world championship standings.

Championship leader Cortese cut through the field on the Red Bull KTM to hit the front after seven laps but could not lose the chasing pack, saying in parc ferme that he “really wanted to win and gave everything” and revealing that he has been ill all race weekend.

His second place maintains his record of 12 podiums from 13 races this season and means he has achieved a top six finish at every grand prix since Aragon last year. The German rider now holds a championship lead of 51 points, over Salom.

Pole-sitter Jonas Folger manoeuvred his Mapfre Aspar into an early lead and after falling back into the pack fought back in “one of the hardest races” to complete the podium.

British rider Danny Kent stamped his authority on the race hitting the front with seven laps to go, but was forced wide and off track in the closing stages, he still managed a late comeback to take fourth for the Red Bull KTM team.

Efren Vazquez was next across the stripe for JHK Laglisse and the first non-KTM finisher placing fifth for FTR Honda, Alex Rins finished sixth for Estrella Galicia while Frenchman Louis Rossi was seventh for Racing Team Germany.

Rins' team mate Miguel Oliveira crossed the line eighth, with Red Bull KTM's Arthur Sissis in ninth. Gresini rider Niccolo Antonelli completes the top ten.



Tagged as: Aragon

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