Rins and Viñales hot on Salom’s heels

Monday, 7 October 2013

The Moto3™ World Championship is finely poised as it heads out east to the Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix, with Estrella Galicia 0,0’s Alex Rins only nine points off championship leader Luis Salom.

Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Salom is also only 12 points ahead of Team Calvo’s Maverick Viñales, truly making the battle at the front a three-horse race with 100 points still up for grabs across the Malaysian, Australian, Japanese and Valencian rounds. Salom was not on his usual form last time out in Aragón and will be hoping to re-discover some of the magic, with Rins and Viñales looking particularly strong at present.

Ajo’s local rider Zulfahmi Khairuddin will be able to line up at his home race, despite undergoing surgery on his fractured right wrist after a crash in Aragón. Last year, he was only just pipped to a win at Sepang by Sandro Cortese, as the German took the chequered flag and in the process became the inaugural Moto3™ title winner.

There will, however, be greater Malaysian representation on the grid in 2013 as two other local riders line up as wildcards. Touchline-SIC-Ajo KTM will field Aizat Malik and Hafiq Azmi, who will both look to impress the home crowd.

TAGS Malaysia

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