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A triangular shootout for Moto3™ glory

A triangular shootout for Moto3™ glory

Any one of three riders could leave Valencia this weekend with a maiden Moto3™ world title. At present, a blanket could be thrown over the trio, with Luis Salom, Maverick Viñales and Alex Rins covered by just five points.

In 2012, Germany’s Sandro Cortese clinched the first ever Moto3™ title with a pair of races to spare. A year later, a campaign of mixed results has left Luis Salom, Maverick Viñales and Alex Rins with almost equal opportunities heading into Valencia. It was those three, in that very order, who won the opening three races of the year and, until Rins’ teammate Alex Marquez triumphed for the first time in Japan, no other rider had clinched a lightweight class victory in 2013.

Ask a panel of paddock insiders their tip for the title and responses will vary greatly. Such is the nature of the World Championship, there is just as much chance of the trophy heading the way of the Salom shelf in Palma as there is the Maverick mantelpiece in Roses or the Rins rack in Barcelona. Salom leads Viñales by just two points, with Rins only a further three in arrears; minor workings aside, this essentially ensures the mouth-watering scenario of he who finishes ahead taking the title.

At the same time, Marquez will be keen to complete the year with back-to-back wins, while Jonas Folger (Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3) and Miguel Oliveira (Mahindra Racing) would certainly be deserving of a victory should they achieve the feat. As for the Constructors’ fight, KTM has hit its fourth century of points and was the first title winner in any class this year, sealing that particular honour back at Silverstone.

Whether the Champion is Salom, Viñales or Rins, he will become the 108th different title winner since the World Championship originated in 1949. That year, the class title for the then-named 125 tier went to Italy’s Nello Pagani of Milan.


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