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Moto3: Salom victorious as Vinales suffers technical issue

Jakub Kornfeil brought his FTR Honda home in 11th with Team Italia FMI rider Alessandro Tonucci 12th. JHK Laglisse rider Alberto Moncayo was 13th and Niklas Ajo 14th for TT Motion Events. The final points place was claimed by Alex Marquez for Ambrogio Next racing.

Caretta replacement rider John McPhee was 22nd on his KRP Honda and Danny Webb crossed the line 25th on the Mahindra.

Maverick Vinales saw his fading championship hopes take a massive blow when his Blusens Avintia suffered an engine issue on the warm-up lap and despite his best efforts and help from the marshals the FTR Honda could not be restarted.

Vinales kicked his bike in anger before embarking on his walk back to the pits. The Spanish teenager had previously brought up his engine concerns during Saturday's press conference. He drops to third in the championship after four successive races off the podium.

Romano Fenati entered the Team Italia FMI pit box with 11 laps remaining, his FTR Honda suffering an oil leak to end his race.

Zulfahmi Khairuddin battled with the frontrunners aboard his AirAsia sponsored KTM, but crashed out with six laps to go.



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M1M - Unregistered

October 01, 2012 4:40 PM

Great ride by the beaten up Salom. If only pharmaceutical companies could bottle "racer's adrenaline" as a painkiller. Good to see Kent finding his pace on race day too. Maybe the Honda engine reliability/fragility issues that showed up in pre-season testing when they had to find some extra speed to compete with KTM have finally come home to roost as the engine allocation limits start to bite. It's good to see a relatively small manufacturer taking on the 'evil empire' of HRC and winning, plus it breaks the Japanese-Spanish stranglehold on all three classes. It's a shame for this year's championship battle, (like Pedrosa's DNF in MotoGP), but Vinales will start as championship favourite again next year.



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