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Cortese the man to beat when Moto3™ heads to Aragón

Cortese the man to beat when Moto3™ heads to Aragón

Blusens Avintia’s Maverick Viñales will be drawing on all his home support at this weekend’s Gran Premio Iveco de Aragón to reel in Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Moto3™ championship leader Sandro Cortese.

Cortese currently holds a lead of 46 points over his Spanish rival, after holding off Viñales’ late charge at the Misano round last time out. Yet there is now a third that has been firmly thrown into the mix in the shape of RW Racing GP’s Luis Salom, who is looking ever more like the complete package in Moto3™. Though he lies 56 points off Cortese, with the unpredictability of the entry-class championship, Salom will see himself as an outside potential for the title still.

Team Italia FMI’s Romano Fenati, who finished on the podium on Misano last time out, could once again be one of the front runners in Aragón, yet will face a stiff challenge from his Spanish rival for ‘Rookie of the Year’ Alex Rins. Estrella Galicia 0,0’s Rins only narrowly missed out on the podium in the last race, yet will fancy his chances with a home advantage, to claw back the 24-point deficit to Fenati.

Caretta Technology’s Alexis Masbou and AirAsia-SIC-Ajo’s Zulfahmi Khairuddin should have been resuming their battle for sixth place in the championship, both tied on 81 points, yet Masbou injured himself in a big crash before Misano, and will be replaced by British rider John McPhee. Cortese’s teammate Danny Kent, only 11 behind on 70 points, finished sixth in Aragón last year, and will be hoping for an equal or better result this time around.

The Moto3™ race will also see two wildcards fielded in the form of Bradol Larresport’s Jorge Navarro and Wild Wolf BST’s Juan Guevara. Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3’s Héctor Faubel has been permanently replaced by German rider Luca Amato.


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