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Moto3 Assen: Salom snatches third consecutive victory

Luis Salom wins the Moto3 Dutch Grand Prix at Assen to increase his lead in the championship to ten points over Maverick Vinales.
By Lisa Lewis

Luis Salom judged his final move to perfection to take his third Moto3 win in a row at Assen on Saturday.

Alex Rins had broken away at the front after his Estrella Galicia team-mate Alex Marquez had taken to racing around everyone in the chasing pack. The rookie then proceeded to catch Rins, bringing the group with him.

It then became a five-way race for the win with Red Bull KTM star Salom careering from fourth to first in one move, to then race with Vinales for the win to the line. Both riders maintain their 100% podium record with the Team Calvo rider holding on for second.

The final podium spot was taken by Rins who made up places in the closing corners of the race, once again leading to an all-Spanish and all-KTM podium.

Just missing out was pole sitter Miguel Oliveira in fourth, who kept in contention and managed to be competitive on the Mahindra but lacked the pace of the KTM on the straights.

Marquez finished in fifth and was last across the line in the leading group.

Sixth went to Mapfre Aspar rider Jonas Folger who returned to racing after missing the Catalunya Grand Prix with a wrist injury. The German kept pace with the leaders in the early part of the race but was dropped around the halfway mark.

Jack Miller won the battle of the Australians to finish seventh, narrowly placing his Caretta Technology bike ahead of countryman Arthur Sissis. Miller was also the top Honda finisher. Sissis needed to drop a place earlier in the race after overtaking on his Red Bull KTM under yellow flags.

Alexis Masbou maintained his record for scoring points in every round so far with a ninth place for the Ongetta team. Niklas Ajo completed the top ten for Avant Tecno.

Also in the points after a tough battle for the lower positions were Isaac Vinales for Ongetta Centro-Seta in eleventh and Efren Vazquez putting the second of the Mahindras in twelfth.

They were followed by Niccolo Antonelli in just his second finish of the season in 13th for the Go & Fun Gresini team, with his fellow Italian Romano Fenati next across the stripe for San Carlo Team Italia in 14th.





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