Assen to stage continuation of Moto3™ battle

Monday, 25 June 2012

Moto3™ prepares once again to do battle at the Iveco TT Assen this Saturday with Blusens Avintia’s Maverick Viñales and Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Sandro Cortese neck and neck at the top of the championship.

Both riders provided a thrilling battle last time out at Silverstone to narrow the gap at the top to just two points. And it is Viñales who will head into the Assen round as favourite, not only because of his win in the UK, but also because he took his second-ever world championship victory at the Dutch track last year.

One rider looking to spoil the party will be RW Racing GP’s Luis Salom, who is currently third in the championship after a stunning ride at Silverstone, where he split the front-runners with a brave move on Cortese in the final turns. Salom will also hold the track in high regard, as it is the place of his first ever world championship podium last year.

Team Italia FMI’s Romano Fenati, who has reappeared on the radar again after a short slump will once again be one to watch, as he looks to continue his charge as top rookie. Estrella Galicia’s Alex Rins, who is also gunning for rookie top honours, suffered a fractured 2nd metacarpus in left hand and a fractured 2nd finger in his right hand in a crash at Silverstone, yet will be racing at Assen.

Equal on points with the Spaniard is AirAsia-SIC-Ajo’s Zulfahmi Khairuddin, who is still searching for his first ever podium, while behind him San Carlo Gresini Moto3’s Niccolò Antonelli will aim to get his season going with a finish closer to the top. Bankia Aspar Team’s Alberto Moncayo, who recorded his sole podium at Le Mans this season, will undoubtedly be looking to replicate some of that form at the Dutch track.

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