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Salom returns to scene of maiden victory

Salom returns to scene of maiden victory

30 points separate the top trio of riders in Moto3™ as the action resumes at Indianapolis this weekend. Maverick Viñales and Alex Rins may be second and third in the championship, but it is leader Luis Salom who is looking to enjoy another memorable Sunday as he returns to the scene of his first ever win.

The smallest class in the World Championship also features the smallest margin between its top pair of riders as the five-week summer break finally draws to a close. Although Estrella Galicia 0,0’s Alex Marquez travelled to Laguna Seca to see brother Marc emphatically race to another MotoGP™ victory, the majority of the Moto3™ field watched the event on television following their previous race at the Sachsenring a week earlier. After a long wait, all are more than eager to get back out on-track.

Indy marks mixed fortunes for Luis Salom. In 2011 had was reduced to the role of spectator because of a hand injury sustained in a crash at the previous round. However, he more than made up for it last year, as the Majorcan dramatically claimed his first ever World Championship race victory courtesy of a stunning double overtaking manoeuvre - having not crossed the finish line in the lead on any other lap of an eventful race. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider aims for a similar result, whereas closest opponent Viñales (Team Calvo) at least hopes to see the finish this time…

Third overall at present, Texas and Sachsenring victor Alex Rins (Estrella Galicia 0,0) is capable of improving his position in the history stakes. Should he claim his third win of the campaign this weekend, the Barcelona rider will become the fifth-youngest winner in the history of the Moto3™ class (formerly the 125 tier) to win races back-to-back; after Viñales, Marco Melandri, Marc Marquez and Loris Capirossi.

Further down the field, France’s Jules Danilo is back in action as he covers for the injured Danny Webb at Ambrogio Racing; the Briton hopes to be back for Brno next weekend, as the rest of the field continues preparations for its first of two critical triple-headers in the second half of the season.


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