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Maverick Vinales wins Moto3 at Jerez

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KTM rider Maverick Vinales was declared winner of the third round of the MotoGP Moto3 Championship, at Jerez, Spain, after the race was red flagged after lap 15 depriving second placed Luis Salom of the Red Bull KTM Ajo Factory Team the chance to tackle him for victory in the closing stages.

The two Spanish riders finished 1-2 with Jonas Folger of Germany third on the Kalex-KTM. It was the second red flag incident so far this year. The last round in Austin Texas was also stopped when a rider required medical attention on the track. In that instance Salom benefited most when he won a five-lap restart to claim the points.

Sunday‰Ûªs race on the famous Spanish circuit was held in near perfect early summer conditions and at least in the first half looked set to be a four-way battle for the podium.

Vinales was part of a three Spanish rider front row, all on KTMs and was joined by pole-sitter Alex Rins and Salom. Together with German racer Jonas Folger, they broke away from the pack as early as lap three and began to put distance between them and the rest of the riders. Folger hung onto the back of the three leaders but it soon became apparent that he would find it difficult to stick with them.

Even in the earlier stages Vinales tried to shake off the other two riders but they hung onto his wheel. Then the whole situation changed in lap 13 of the 23-lap race when Rins lost the front end of his KTM and finished in the gravel. This left it up to Vinales and Salom to fight it out and excitement rose in anticipation of Salom‰Ûªs much practiced last lap attack. Any aspirations he may have had to overtake Vinales in the final corners then disappeared when the race was stopped and declared over after 15 laps.

South African Brad Binder was the first Honda rider home with fourth place. Australian Jack Miller was on track to give Honda anther good result but was punted out of the race whilst batteling for 5th place.

KTM-driven bikes included Niklas Ajo, who was sixth after a third row start, closely followed by Malaysia‰Ûªs Zulfahmi Khairuddin in seventh place.

Australian Arthur Sissis, who was hampered with an injured hand finished in twelfth.

The next round of the competition takes riders to the historic Le Mans circuit in two weeks‰Ûª time for Rd. 4.

Main Photo: Maverick Vinales
Credit: Gold and Goose


MotoGP of Spain at Jerez ‰ÛÒ Round 3


Moto3 Results
1, Maverick Vi̱ales, Spain, KTM, 26:57.338
2, Luis Salom, Spain, KTM, +0.263
3, Jonas Folger, Germany, Kalex KTM, +4.475
4, Brad Binder, Republic of South Africa, Suter Honda, +15.104
5, Jakub Kornfeil, Czech Republic, Kalex KTM, +18.412
6, Niklas Ajo, Finland, KTM, +19.064
7, Zulfahmi Khairuddin, Malaysia, KTM, +19.204
8, Efren Vazquez, Spain, Mahindra, +19.680
9, Romano Fenati, Italy, FTR Honda, +22.763
12, Arthur Sissis, Australia, KTM, +23.796

Moto3 Standings after Round 3
1, M. Vi̱ales, 65
2, Salom, 61
3, Rins, 41
4, Folger, 40
5, Khairuddin, 28
6, Binder, 24
7, Oliveira, 20
8, Ajo, 18
9, Kornfeil, 17
10, Vazquez, 16
12, Sissis, 16

Moto3 Manufacturers Standings after Round 3
1, KTM, 75
2, Kalex KTM, 40
3, Mahindra, 28

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