Last-lap composure results in second victory for Salom

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

RW Racing GP’s Luis Salom once again rode a smart race at Aragón last weekend, where the Spanish youngster left it until the final lap to make his way into the lead to take victory.

Salom had initially been a doubt for the race, after a heavy crash the day before and in warm-up left him with a very sore shoulder and collarbone, which was initially suspected as broken. Having been declared fit before the race, the Spaniard braved the pain to run with the leading group for the majority of the race. And it was two laps before the end where he decided to make his move to take the lead, before a small mistake let Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Sandro Cortese back through again. Not content with second place, Salom put in a move half way through the final lap, which saw him hold the lead until the finish line to win ahead of Cortese and Jonas Folger.

Salom’s streak of two wins and two second places in four races has catapulted him into second place in the championship standings, 51 points behind Cortese and 15 ahead of Maverick Viñales. With 100 points still up for grabs, the Spaniard still has a mathematical chance of winning the championship.

Luis Salom
"It was a difficult race with many people involved an the front. Everybody was holding one another up and it was going relatively slow. That was good for me because I was in a lot of pain after two nasty crashes: one in FP3 and the other one in the warm-up this morning. My team did a very good job. They had a lot of work to fix the damage from the crash and my bike was ready only ten minutes before we had to go the grid. It was pretty hectic. Anyway, I could stay calm and save my strength until the end. My collarbone really hurts. I have to go to the doctor in Mallorca to examine it again."

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