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Viñales and Salom continue fight for runner-up spot after Phillip Island

Viñales and Salom continue fight for runner-up spot after Phillip Island

Following a disappointing race in Phillip Island for both Maverick Viñales and Luis Salom, the Moto3™ runner-up spot is still wide open in the last race in Valencia with only nine points separating the pair.

RW Racing GP’s Salom had a lightning start, going from ninth to second place in just a few bends. He was however penalised for a jump-start within a few laps, for which he had to do a ride-through penalty, along with four other riders, that pushed him way back in the pack. He ended up salvaging one point by finishing the race in 15th place.

This had given an ideal opportunity to Blusens Avintia’s Viñales to make up ground on his countryman, after not racing in Malaysia due to briefly walking out on his team. Viñales had been in the leading group with nine laps remaining, when drama struck, and he slid his bike into the gravel. This now leaves Viñales with a nine-point deficit to Salom, yet after having won the Valencia race last year, he’ll no doubt be confident he has a chance of taking second spot.

Maverick Viñales

"It was difficult. Cortese has broken away at the front the race and I tried to move forward. I wanted to leave the group because everyone was always trying to be first, so I tried to see if I could get away - but with this was impossible. Anyway, I tried and these things can happen. I could have settled for a good result and think of the championship, but I wanted to win.”

Luis Salom

"I'm not sure what happened, but it was chaotic. It is not normal five riders are ahead at the same time, something must have happened. Anyway, there’s no use dwelling on that fact. Luckily for me, Viñales made a mistake and I'm still second in the championship. It's good to be back home after three races. Only one left.”

Moto3, 2012, AIRASIA AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX, Maverick Viñales, Luis Salom

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