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Salom: “I want to say thanks to my mum”

Salom: “I want to say thanks to my mum”

After two difficult years in the Moto2™ class, Luis Salom returns to the podium with an emotional second place.

The 2015 Moto2™ World Championship was an incredibly difficult and confidence sapping year for Luis Salom, ending in the top five just twice. For 2016 the Spaniard joined the SAG Team and had a disappointingly difficult test period, struggling to improve front-end feeling on his Kalex. Starting from 17th on the grid he began to pick his way through the field and quickly found himself inside the top ten. His charge was aided by several riders being called for ride through penalties as a result of jumping the start and on lap nine Salom was inside the top five. Lap by lap he closed in on Simone Corsi (Speed Up Racing) ahead, the smell of a podium finish encouraging him to keep pushing ahead. Salom would cross the line in third but was promoted to second as Franco Morbidelli (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) was also hit with a late penalty.

Full of emotion in Parc Ferme, Salom thanked his mother and family for sticking with him during all the hard times. The life of a Grand Prix racer can be a difficult one, family often the only thing keeping riders going through the hard periods. This is Salom’s first podium since he was second at the Italian GP back in 2014, a 30 race run without stepping onto the box, his longest podium drought since he first stepped onto the podium at the Dutch TT in 2011. After the Spaniard challenged for the Moto3™ World Championship in 2013, Salom and many others were hoping for a much better challenge in the intermediate class. The confidence from a strong first race will no doubt assist Salom in the coming races and he heads to Argentina, the site of his first ever Moto2™ podium, hoping for another top five finish.

Luis Salom: “It was incredible, I can’t believe it! I was pushing so much. I was talking with my mother yesterday and she said ‘Enjoy, you’re not enjoying it. You must enjoy racing like in 2013.’ Really I started in Qualifying and I tried to push and push and I tried to enjoy it. I want to say thanks to my mum and all my family. And my team, for giving me this opportunity. It was two very difficult years for me and I will make my best from now until the last race in Valencia.”

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Moto2, 2016, COMMERCIAL BANK GRAND PRIX OF QATAR, RAC, Luis Salom, SAG Team

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