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Alex Rins Five Points Away From Moto3 Points Lead after Australian Win

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Alex Rins Five Points Away From Moto3 Points Lead after Australian Win
Spanish rider Alex Rins emerged the winner of one of the tightest Moto3 GPs of the 2013 season on Sunday at the Phillip island circuit in Australia crossing the line three thousandths of a second in front of Maverick Vinales.

Red Bull KTM Ajo factory rider and championship leader Luis Salom finished third to make it yet another all KTM, all Spanish podium.

Salom started on pole and the race quickly developed into a tightly packed group of eight riders, the front four all on KTM Moto3 machines. Slowly but surely they distanced themselves from the rest of the field and at the flag, the lead group had a 15-seconds edge.

Right from the opening stages the championship leaders and usual suspects controlled the race from the front while invaders like Australian, Caretta Technology Honda rider Jack Miller, who next year rides for Red Bull KTM Ajo was also in the mix and looking dangerous.

Going into the second last lap, Salom was sitting close behind Vinales and Rins and it was clear that he was playing his usual stalking game that has won him a lot of races this year. Well known for his last lap tactics and sitting in a good second place, Salom was eventually foiled after a close encounter with Germany rider Jonas Folger on the lead Kalex-KTM in the final stages. He eventually had to settle for third place.

KTM mounted Alex Marquez finished in fourth place, while Miller rounded out the top five as the first non KTM rider aboard his Honda

Rins has now trimmed Salom‰Ûªs lead in the championship down to just five points with two rounds remaining. The competition remains on a knife edge as teams head for the Motegi circuit in Japan next weekend. All indications are that the finale will be a massive battle between the three leaders at home in Valencia, Spain.

Rins has now won six races this year but Salom has taken seven and it seems like only tactics and race craft separate them. Vinales also remains in the mix at third in the points.

Australia's second rider in the Moto3 championship Arthur Sissis finished sixteenth.
Alex Rins Five Points Away From Moto3 Points Lead after Australian Win
Luis Salom continues to lead the Moto3 pack in the championship standings, but will head to Japan with just a five point lead over Rins, with Vinales also still in striking distance - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
Moto3 Race Results Round 15: Australia
1. Alex Rins 37m40.375s ESP KTM Estrella Galicia 0'0
2. Maverick Vinales 0.003 ESP KTM Team Calvo
3. Luis Salom 0.178 ESP KTM Red Bull KTM Ajo
4. Alex Marquez 0.502 ESP KTM Estrella Galicia 0'0
5. Jack Miller 0.601 AUS HONDA Caretta Technology - RTG
6. Jonas Folger 1.077 GER KTM Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3
7. Efren Vazquez 1.104 ESP MAHINDRA Mahindra Racing
8. Niccolo Antonelli 2.267 ITA HONDA Go & Fun Gresini Moto3
9. Niklas Ajo 15.074 FIN KTM Avant Tecno
10. Alexis Masbou 15.074 FRA HONDA Ongetta-Rivacold
11. Zulfahmi Khairuddin 15.974 SEPANG KTM Red Bull KTM Ajo
12. Jakub Kornfeil 16.105 CZE KTM Redox RW Racing GP
13. Isaac Vi̱ales 16.311 ESP HONDA Bimbo-Ongetta-Centro Seta
14. Romano Fenati 16.532 ITA HONDA San Carlo Team Italia
15. Brad Binder 16.629 ZAF HONDA Ambrogio Racing
16. Arthur Sissis 16.665 AUS KTM Red Bull KTM Ajo
17. John McPhee 16.898 SCO HONDA Caretta Technology - RTG
18. Livio Loi 17.353 BEL KTM Marc VDS Racing Teamv 19. Ana Carrasco 19.042 ESP KTM Team Calvo
20. Jasper Iwema 36.382 HOL KTM RW Racing GP
21. Eric Grando 43.184 BRA KTM Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3
23. Toni Finsterbusch 43.210 GER KTM Kiefer Racing
24. Lorenzo Baldassarri 43.350 ITA HONDA Go & Fun Gresini Moto3
25. Alan Techer 43.357 FRA HONDA CIP Moto3
26. Miguel Oliveira 44.482 PORTUGUESE MAHINDRA Mahindra Racing
27. Juanfran Guevara 44.482 ESP HONDA CIP Moto3
28. Luca Amato 1'08.240 GER MAHINDRA Mahindra Racing
31. Hyuga Watanabe DNF JPN HONDA La Fonte Tascaracing
32. Francesco Bagnaia DNF ITA HONDA San Carlo Team Italia
33. Philipp Oettl DNF GER KTM Paddock TT Motion Events

Championship Standings After Round 15 of 17:
1. Luis Salom 300 pts
2. Alex Rins 295 pts
3. Maverick Vinales 278 pts
4. Alex Marquez 175 pts
5. Jonas Folger 147 pts
6. Miguel Oliveira 131 pts
7. Jack Miller 100 pts
8. Alexis Masbou 84 pts
9. Efren Vazquez 71 pts
10. Zulfahmi Khairuddin 65 pts
11. Jakub Kornfeil 63 pts
12. Arthur Sissis 59 pts
13. Romano Fenati 57 pts
14. Brad Binder 56 pts
15. Niklas Ajo 54 pts
16. Niccolo Antonelli 40 pts
17. Isaac Vi̱ales 38 pts
18. Philipp Oettl 24 pts
19. John McPhee 15 pts
20. Danny Webb 15 pts

Top Image: Alex Rins was on fire all weekend at Phillip Island taking the Moto3 race win.
Credit: Aaryn Minerds

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