First victory for Luis Salom and RW Racing GP at Indianapolis

Luis Salom Indianapolis Race
Monday, 20 August 2012

RW Racing GP’s Luis Salom gave his career a welcome boost at yesterday’s Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix by taking his and the team’s first ever win.

In turn 10, the second to last corner, Salom overtook fellow leaders Sandro Cortese and Maverick Viñales and held his nerve to the line. Salom had a great start to the race, jumping from fourth to second and grabbing the lead in turn two after a couple of laps. He was joined by a group of five more riders, growing to nine after six laps. And it wasn’t until the last lap that Salom skilfully pushed his way past the tussling Viñales and Cortese to take a well deserved victory that edges him further up the championship table in third.

Luis Salom

"This is incredible! In the last part of the race I had many problems with the rear tire sliding away. But this can happen. The others had it as well. The last lap was so difficult. I was watching and waiting – like a hunter. Suddenly I saw Cortese and Viñales were busy with each other and they just left the door open for me. Of course I took it! I wanted this win so badly. I was close on a few occasions and now I have it. I am so so happy!"

Team Manager, Johan Stigefelt

"I don’t know what to say. This victory is a landmark for the team and for Luis. It is such a big step. We all needed this after all the energy and hard work everybody put into it. We saw it coming for a while and we were ready for it. Luis did a great job, exactly as we planned. He had an excellent start and stayed in top 5 all the time. The most important thing was not to go too early. Just wait for your chance and strike in the last lap."

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