Moto3™ descends on Brno as Salom hits form

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

The bwin Grand Prix Ceské Republiky is the next setting for the Moto3™ riders this coming weekend, as they will once again look to dice it out on track for lightweight-class supremacy.

Red Bull KTM Ajo’s championship leader Sandro Cortese may be disappointed to have missed out on the win by a fraction in Indianapolis, but will be buoyed by the fact that a stunning ride last year won him the top step on the podium in the Czech Republic. He currently holds a 29-point lead over nearest championship challenger, Blusens Avintia’s Maverick Viñales, who suffered a dramatic fall in the final bend of the last race. He will undoubtedly be looking to make amends in Brno and to claw back some points on his German rival.

Before the summer break the Moto3 championship may have looked like a two horse race, yet RW Racing GP’s Luis Salom has truly thrown a spanner into the works with his win last time out. With his first ever Grand Prix win under his belt and Viñales only 26 points off, the young Spaniard will be well and truly in the belief that the championship challenge is not over. Team Italia FMI’s Romano Fenati will no doubt be one of the front-runners once more, dicing it out with the likes of Estrella Galicia 0,0’s Alex Rins and AirAsia-SIC-Ajo’s Zulfahmi Khairuddin. Rins’ teammate Miguel Oliveira, who is often seen running at the front, will look to erase his memories from last year, where he crashed out on the final bend of the race. But his fourth place in the last race will no doubt have given him more confidence.

The Czech round also welcomes two wildcards in the form of Britain’s John McPhee with the Racing Steps Foundation KRP team, as well as Germany’s Luca Gruenwald with the Freudenberg Racing Team. Caretta Technology’s Jack Miller, who broke his left collarbone for the second time this season, and Mahindra Racing’s Danny Webb, who fractured his right writs last weekend, are both a doubt for the race. TT Motion Events Racing’s Niklas Ajo, who was black flagged after an altercation with JHK Laglisse’s Adrian Martín following being taken out by the Spanish rider, has been banned from the Brno round.

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