Salom handed a lifeline at Motegi

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Monday, 28 October 2013

It looked as though Luis Salom’s Moto3™ title chances had evaporated as he crashed out of the Japanese Grand Prix. However, the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider saw a new opportunity arise as Alex Rins also hit trouble.

Salom was involved in an opening lap incident with Isaac Viñales (Ongetta-Centro Seta) before a second crash ended his race for good. However, the lifeline came as Alex Rins (Estrella Galicia 0,0) crashed out of third position later in the race.

“I had a good start and was around second or third position when I was suddenly hit from behind – nothing more than that,” Salom recalls. “That bent the handlebar; I attempted to straighten it but it wasn’t easy. However, I able to rejoin the race and was running quickly, posting good lap times.”

Having begun a damage limitation exercise of catching fellow riders and cutting back through the field, Salom would crash once again and this time retire from the race. Somewhat unbelievably, Rins then experienced an incident of his own.

“I was giving it my all but it didn’t turn out as I had hoped for,” Salom begins to sum up,” but at least I am still able to head to Valencia with a chance of fighting.”

Heading into the Valencia finale of an ultra-close Moto3™ campaign, Salom holds the championship lead with Rins five points in arrears, while Team Calvo’s Maverick Viñales – who finished second on Sunday – has moved between the pair and is now only two points behind Salom.

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