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German Moto3 : Rins snatches victory at the Sachsenring

Alex Rins wins the German Moto3 Grand Prix at the Sachsenring, his second victory of the season.
By Lisa Lewis

Alex Rins snatched victory from title leader Luis Salom at the penultimate turn of Sunday's German Moto3 Grand Prix at the Sachsenring, his second win of the season.

Rins had lead from the front with pressure all the way from Red Bull KTM's Luis Salom and Team Calvo rider Maverick Vinales, who refused to let their fellow Spaniard escape, with the trio moving clear of the chasing group before the race hit the halfway mark.

Salom adopted his usual tactic of sitting back in third allowing Vinales and Rins to swap position for the lead, pouncing with three laps to go to hit the front and up the pace.

The teenager then put in a tough move on Salom which he defended to cross the line in first, with Salom only just holding off Vinales over the line to seal second.

The all KTM, all Spanish podium has become a fixture of Moto3 this season, with both Vinales and Salom maintaining their 100% podium records for the year. Salom also extends his championship lead by four points to 14 over Vinales.

The Mahindra riders enjoyed their own private battle with Miguel Oliveira the victor in fourth ahead of Alex Marquez who ended up being caught and tangled up in their private race. His fifth place gives him five top five finishes in a row. Efren Vazquez settled for sixth place.

Jack Miller, who had his best GP result to date at the Sachsenring in 2012 when he finished fourth, got in the mix with the KTM riders from the off and remained competitive with some very late breaking. He was eventually passed by Marquez and the Mahindra riders to finish seventh.

The Caretta Technology-RTG rider was again the top finishing Honda rider with the FTR riders all enjoying new parts this weekend, including a new swing arm for Miller.

Jonas Folger struggled at his home race. The Mapfre Aspar rider was out of the contention for the top spots early on and finished in eighth, having never finished higher than seventh at the Sachsenring.





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