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Czech Moto3: Salom steals victory in Brno thriller

Luis Salom pounced on the final lap while riding through the pain barrier to win the Brno Moto3 Grand Prix
By Lisa Lewis

Luis Salom rode a considered race in the Moto3 class despite carrying injury for his fifth win of the season as the rain held off in Brno on Sunday.

The Spaniard treated viewers to another of his late charges aboard the Red Bull KTM Ajo from fourth but was back on crutches in parc ferme as he nurses a broken ankle after his seventh career win, setting the fastest lap of the race on the final lap and extending his championship lead to 14 points in the process.

After running in a fairly large group of 6 KTM's and Honda's the closing stages saw many lunges for the front with the podium being decided in the final corners.

Maverick Vinales maintained his position as Salom's main title rival by snatching second for Team Calvo. He remains the only rider to appear on the rostrum at every round so far this season.

Vinales podium, his tenth in a row equals the most consecutive podium appearances at the start of a season in the 125/Moto3 class record of Fausto Gresini, though his ten from an eleven race season were all wins.

The final podium place went to Mapre Aspar's Jonas Folger who had an amazing slipstream on his Kalex KTM,with a sizeable gap appearing at the same time, due to the fortunes of the Estrella Galicia riders.

The German is the only rider not from Spain to appear on the podium in 2013 with his second rostrum appearance this year, the tenth of his career. Folger won the Brno Moto3 race last year on his Aspar debut.

Alex Rins had to settle for fourth ahead of Alex Marquez in fifth as he battled his team-mate around the final lap, the pair being passed by both Vinales and Folger as they fought each other for position.

Alexis Mabou remained top Honda rider this weekend after becoming the first rider to put a Honda on the front row this year, finishing sixth for Ongetta-Rivacold.

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