Spectacular Moto3 race sees Luis Salom take his second victory of the season
Luis Salom has won his second race of this season. The RW Racing GP rider was the smartest of the leading group contending for victory in the GP of Aragon. The Spaniard saved his energy and attacked in the final stage of the race. He beat Sandro Cortese and Jonas Folger on the finish line.
His victory brought Salom to the second place in the championship, after Maverick Viñales suffered an engine failure in the sighting lap before the start of the race. With his main rival out of the race it was a matter of keeping calm, stay in the leading group and get as much points as possible.
It was a bit of a messy race with a big leading group and a new leader twice a lap. With only three laps to go there were still six or seven riders together of which each one was able to win the race. In the penultimate lap Salom decided it was time to tear the group apart and break away. He put the hammer down and managed to open up a small gap, but lost his advantage when he ran wide. Championship leader Cortese passed Salom and tried the same: to get away. Salom obviously was not satisfied with second and could overtake Cortese again with half a lap to go. He did not give away this advantage anymore.
Team owner Roelof Waninge was on the podium to collect the team trophy. Salom is now second in the championship, 51 points behind Cortese. There are still four races to go and 100 points to gain.
Luis Salom (1st): “It was a difficult race with many people involved in the front. Everybody was holding up one another and it was going relatively slow. That was good for me actually because I was in a lot of pain after two nasty crashes: one in FP3 and the other one in the warm-up this morning. My team did a very good job. They had a lot of work to fix the damage from the crash and my bike was ready only ten minutes before we had to go the grid. It was pretty hectic. Anyway, I could stay calm and save my strength until the end. My collarbone really hurts. I have to go to the doctor in Mallorca to examine it again.”
Team manager Johan Stigefelt: “Two wins and two seconds places in four races is excellent. Sometimes we have to pinch ourselves in the arm to make sure we are not dreaming. Luis damaged the bike in his crash in the warm-up. We had a problem with the brakes and it was pretty hectic between the warm-up and the race. The team has worked very hard to get it back together in time. We worked well together with Kalex and KTM for this result. Not just for Luis, also for Brad who had some technical problems this weekend that prevented him from a better result. He has shown he has the pace and the mentality. Brad did a good job.”
Source: RW Racing GP Press Release