Luis Salom makes the podium in 5-lap sprint at COTA

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A crash-filled Grand Prix of The Americas saw Luis Salom finish third, taking another Moto3 podium. The final part of the race was a restarted sprint of five laps in duration, following a red flag for a crash suffered by Jasper Iwema. Zulfahmi Khairuddin and Arthur Sissis were seventh and twelfth in the inaugural race at the Texan track.

A big crash by Dutchman Jasper Iwema after twelve completed laps forced the organisers to stop the race. The Grand Prix resumed later with a second starting grid and only five laps on the board. Salom, who started third, made an excellent start that placed him at the head of the race. After leading two of the five laps, the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider battled for the win with Alex Rins and Maverick Viñales. Finally, Salom crossed the finish line in third place, 0.547 behind eventual winner Rins.

After two races, Luis Salom leads the Moto3 standings, level on points with Rins on 41. Zulfahmi Khairuddin is sixth with 19 points, and Arthur Sissis is eighth with 12. The next round takes place on May 5th –the Spanish Grand Prix.

Results (Race)
1. Alex Rins (KTM) 11:26.535
2. Maverick Viñales (KTM) +0.244
3. Luis Salom (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +0.547
4. Jonas Folger (Kalex KTM) +1.230
5. Miguel Oliveira (Mahindra) +8.276
7. Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +10.147
12. Arthur Sissis (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +14.030

Moto3 World Championship
1. Alex Rins (KTM) 41 points
2. Luis Salom (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 41 points
3. Maverick Viñales (KTM) 40 points
4. Jonas Folger (Kalex KTM) 24 points
5. Miguel Oliveira (Mahindra) 20 points
6. Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 19 points
8. Arthur Sissis (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 12 points

Luis Salom
“It was a fun race and we fought until the end. Most importantly, what we take home is that we have some issues we have identified and will try to solve for the next Grand Prix in Jerez. I think both parts of the race were very good. In the first half of the first part I couldn’t have gone faster. I was losing the front and could not corner well. When I stopped I saw the tyre was destroyed, but I knew that in the second part we had to push hard. Alex [Rins] passed me on the brakes, because I could not brake late. I tried on the last corner, but it was clear to me that it would not be possible.”

Source: Red Bull KTM Ajo Motorsport

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