Salom claims sixth victory of the season despite injury and extends championship lead
Round eleven of the Moto3 World Championship saw a sixth victory for Luis Salom, who won the race despite still riding injured with a fractured left heel. The British Grand Prix went to the Spaniard, although his Red Bull KTM Ajo teammates had a less enjoyable time at Silverstone: Zulfahmi Khairuddin stalled his bike before the race and Arthur Sissis experienced a setback on the final laps. The duo finished twentieth and twenty-fourth, respectively. Salom leads the overall standings with a 26-point advantage.
The Spanish Red Bull KTM Ajo rider took his sixth win of the season at the Silverstone circuit, with the same strategy as always: Taking the lead on the final laps and trying to kill off the race. On this occasion, Salom remained patient in a leading group consisting of four familiar foes: Maverick Viñales, Alex Rins and Alex Marquez. He waited until past the middle of the race to begin to show his cards. With two laps remaining, the World Championship leader took the lead and held it definitively, crossing the finish line with a 0.049s advantage. With this latest win, KTM have already sealed the Constructors’ World Championship title in Moto3.
With six races remaining in the season, Luis Salom leads the World Championship with 233 points –26 ahead of Viñales in second. Arthur Sissis is eleventh with 51 points and Zulfahmi Khairuddin twelfth with 50.
Luis Salom “The truth is that it was a difficult race, although we did a good job and overall the weekend has been pretty good. At the end of the race it was very important to push and it worked out for us. To achieve two consecutive wins is very important for me –especially after the crash at Indianapolis.
We knew that these two races could be very important for the championship and we took good results at both. I have to thank the whole team for the work that they are doing. Next up are Misano and Aragon, which are circuits that I like.”
Source: Ajo Motorsport