By Neil Morrison

Luis Salom won another hotly contested Moto 3 race after posting a typically devastating last lap performance and holding off a late charge from Alex Rins that increased his championship lead to 26 points.

Salom led home the Spanish quartet of Alex Rins, Alex Marquez and Maverick Vi?ales to win his sixth race of the season and put real daylight between himself and his nearest challenger in the championship standings.

The top four were covered by 0.849secs at the finish line but it was another measured and controlled performance from the Majorcan whose victory never looked in doubt after he made his way to the front of the pack with two laps remaining.

The fabulous long straights and high-speed swoops of Silverstone proved to be an ideal venue for Moto 3 action as the 73,000 strong British crowd were treated to another four rider battle for both the lead and fifth position.

Apart from a brief appearance at the front by Jonas Folger, the leading four Spaniards were never headed and had built up a substantial gap back to the second group of Oliveira, Miller, Folger and Masbou after six laps, lapping close to a second faster than their pursuers.

As the laps were ticked off all of the leading group enjoyed spells at the front but were either unable or unwilling to make a significant break. Yet it was Salom that always seemed the likely winner, demonstrating his superiority with a spectacular lunge from fourth to first at Brooklands on lap 13. He then made his move at the front with two laps remaining, leaving Rins, Marquez and Vi?ales chasing lost ground.

His late race surges have become a feature of his newly honed race craft and after scoring victories in Barcelona, Assen and Brno in similar circumstances he stretched the group out, and despite Rins' determined effort around the final complex, prevailed by 0.049secs at the flag.

Marquez beat Vi?ales to third and the number 25 was once again undone in the closing stages of the race. He found himself in fourth beginning the final lap and despite a desperate lunge inside Marquez at Village, he couldn't hold the position past the Wellington straight. He cut a despondent figure crossing the line in fourth.
His first finish off the podium all season saw him lose further ground to Salom after only beating the championship leader once in the previous seven races. He now sits 26 points behind.

Oliveira led home the chasing pack with Folger, Miller and Masbou all within 0.3secs of each other at the finish line.
There was a frantic battle nine-rider battle for ninth place throughout most of the race.

The group was exploded on lap 15 after a coming together between Arthur Sissis, Nicklas Ajo and Philipp Oettl at Vale. Eventually Jakub Kornfeil grabbed that spot with Efren Vasquez close behind, rounding out the top ten.

The young Scot John McPhee was present in the battle for ninth but his pace dropped towards the race's close, finishing 14th in the end for his fifth point scoring ride of the year.

The Racing Steps Foundation had entered two wild cards for their home race. Wayne Ryan was forced to take avoiding action at Vale after an early mix-up between teammates Alan Techer and Juanfran Guevara. He finished in 30th place, three places behind teammate Kyle Ryde in 27th.


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