KTM takes 3-way Moto3 podium at Sachsenring

KTM continued its domination of the Moto3 World Championship on Sunday at the GP of Germany when Alex Rins, Luis Salom and Maverick Vinales took the all- Spanish glory on the Sachsenring again underlining the dominance of the KTM Moto3 machinery









And while it was Rins whose late move let him claim the prize, Red Bull KTM Ajo factory rider Salom continues to lead the championship points with a 14-point margin over Vinales with Rins in third.

These three riders have settled in to dominate the competition in recent rounds and are building an edge on the competition. Other top KTM riders on Sunday were Alex Marquez in fifth, Jonas Folger of Germany in eighth place on the Kalex KTM and Salom’s factory teammate Australian teenager Arthur Sissis rounding off the top ten. The third Red Bull KTM Ajo rider, Zulfahmi Khairuddin of Malaysia finished in sixteenth.

But it was Rins who was in the ascendency on the sweeping technical German circuit. He started on pole and led throughout apart from the occasional moments when he decided to let one of the other two leaders take the pressure. Meanwhile Salom sat in a comfortable third in the lead group, ready to make his now characteristic pounce. Then in Lap 24 Vinales took the lead as Rins ran wide only to see Salom slip past them both in the Sachsen corner.

But the race was no yet over and Rins again made a move on Vinales and went after Salom. He made his move in the second last corner and picked up his second GP victory for the season. The front three were only separated by 2.5 tenths of a second.

Moto3 now has a four-week summer break and resumes on August 18 for the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix.

MotoGP of Germany – Sachsenring Circuit – Round 8

Moto3 Results
1, Alex Rins, Spain, KTM, 39:34.735
2, Luis Salom, Spain, KTM, 39:34.967
3, Maverick Viñales, Spain, KTM, 39:34.983
4, Miguel Oliveira, Portugal, Mahindra, 39:39.717
5, Alex Marquez, Spain, KTM, 39:39.936
6, Efren Vazquez, Spain, Mahindra, 39:40.191
7, Jack Miller, Australia, FTR Honda, 39:45.394
8, Jonas Folger, Germany, Kalex KTM, 39:50.328
9, Brad Binder, Republic of South Africa, Suter Honda, 39:53.141
10, Arthur Sissis, Australia, KTM, 39:53.182
Other KTM
11, Jakub Kornfeil, Czech Republic, Kalex KTM, 39:53.297
14, Jasper Iwema, Netherlands, Kalex KTM, 39:55:381
16, Zulfahmi Khairuddin, Malaysia, KTM, 39:58.580
17, Philipp Oettl, Germany, Kalex KTM, 39:59.220
18, Niklas Ajo, Finland, KTM, 40:11.703
21, Toni Finsterbusch, Germany, Kalex KTM, 40:26.145
22, Livio Loi, Belgium, Kalex KTM, 40:27.284
24, Ana Carrasco, Spain, KTM, 40:28.976
29, Florian Alt, Germany, Kalex KTM, 40:59.233
DNF, Eric Granado, Brazil, Kalex KTM, 4:34.677

Moto3 Standings after Round 8
1, Salom, 172
2, M. Viñales, 158
3, Rins, 142
4, Folger, 81
5, Marquez, 70
6, Oliveira, 69
7, Miller, 47
8, Binder, 46
9, Masbou, 42
10, Vazquez, 41
Other KTM
11, Khairuddin, 40
12, Sissis, 39
13, Kornfeil, 32
14, Ajo, 32
14, Kornfeil, 27
20, Iwema, 8
21, Granado, 7
24, Loi, 1
25, Oettl, 1

Moto3 Manufacturers Standings after Round 8
1, KTM, 200
2, Kalex KTM, 81
3, Mahindra, 78


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