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Rins beats Salom after last-lap pass

Rins beats Salom after last-lap pass

Alex Rins has won the Moto3™ eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland from pole position, overhauling championship leader Luis Salom at the penultimate corner of the race. Maverick Viñales, who also battled for the lead throughout, was third to ensure that the top three riders in the championship filled the podium places.

On Saturday at the Sachsenring, Rins has picked up his third pole position of the season for Estrella Galicia 0,0 and was highly keen to place himself back in the championship fight following a costly retirement at Jerez earlier in the season.

Rins led from pole, but after an entertaining battle with Viñales elected to yield the lead to the Team Calvo rider. The order would continue to change between the duo, until Lap 24 when Viñales took the advantage after Rins ran wide, only for Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Salom – who had typically waited patiently in third position – to seize the advantage in an impressive double overtaking manoeuvre at Sachsen Kurve.

Following Salom’s move, Rins crucially passed Viñales into the final bend which allowed him three laps to hunt down the new leader. The margin was three tenths of a second at the start of the last lap, but Rins bravely dived up the inside of the penultimate corner to seal his second victory after Austin, Texas while the leading trio crossed the finish line separated by only two and a half tenths of a second.

In fourth position, Mahindra Racing’s Miguel Oliveira overhauled Estrella Galicia 0,0’s Alex Marquez in the closing stages, with the latter having made a charge in the second half of the race. Efren Vazquez was sixth on the second Mahindra, while Jack Miller was disappointed to finish seventh for Caretta Technology – RTG, having started fifth on the grid. The top eight was rounded out by equally disappointed home rider Jonas Folger (Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3), who had been fourth on the grid.

Ongetta-Rivacold’s Alexis Masbou did not make the start following a problem in the Warm-Up, whereas four riders crashed out of the race. An early mistake by wildcard rider Kevin Hanus (Thomas Sabo GP Team) saw him collect Eric Granado (Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3), whereas wildcard Luca Amato (Mahindra Spiel-Kiste) and Lorenzo Baldassarri (GO&FUN Gresini Moto3) made mistakes of their own.

Sunday’s result sees Salom retain his championship lead (172 points), with Viñales remaining second (158). Race winner Rins (142) has now moved closer to second place overall as 30 points cover the top three. Moto3™ now takes a break of one month before returning for the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix on 18 August.


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