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San Marino sets the stage for Moto3™ championship tussle

The Gran Premio Aperol di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini in Misano will host the Moto3™ field this coming weekend, with Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Sandro Cortese holding a commanding lead over nearest rival Maverick Viñales.

The German has had a tremendous year since winning his first ever GP at Brno in 2011, finishing on the podium 14 times in the last 19 races. Yet his best ever result at Misano is a fourth last year, which he will most certainly look to improve upon when he takes to the track to defend and extend his lead. Blusens Avintia’s Maverick Viñales, now a full 32-points behind the championship leader will know that nothing but the win will do as he seeks to turn the tables in the hunt for top honours. He will however have the resurgent Luis Salom on his RW Racing GP machine to contend with, as the Spaniard continues his upward trend following his first win in Indianapolis.

Whilst the top three in the table have been consistent performers all year, the main danger is likely to come from Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3’s Jonas Folger, who recorded a dominant victory last time out in Brno. The German has looked like a man on a mission since switching to the Aspar outfit, and will be aiming to record his third ever GP career win when he lines up on the San Marino track. Another contender will be JHK T-Shirt Laglisse’s Efrén Vázquez, who recorded his last podium to date at the track last year. Having been in the hunt numerous times this year, but ultimately missing out, the Spaniard will be hoping that Misano can lend him some good fortune.

Team Italia FMI’s Romano Fenati, who proved at Mugello that a home advantage works wonders for him, will be among the chargers for the podium, joined by the likes of San Carlo Gresini Moto3’s Niccolò Antonelli and his own teammate Alessandro Tonucci. Mahindra Racing will field replacement rider Miroslav Popov in place of the injured Ricardo Moretti, whilst two wildcard riders will join the field in the shape of Team Imperiali Racing’s Stefano Valtulini and Elle 2 Ciatti’s Kevin Calia.

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Moto3, 2012

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