Luis Salom salvages fifth place from a difficult Indy weekend
The Red Bull KTM Ajo team completed this Sunday’s race at the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway with all riders placing in the top seven. Luis Salom finished fifth while riding with an injured left ankle sustain from a crash yesterday. The Spanish rider managed a great result despite riding in pain, with the fifth place allowing him to hang on to the Moto3 Championship lead.
Arthur Sissis and Luis Salom both had superb race starts, completing the first lap in first and third position, respectively. The Australian then led the race for the first two laps, but was unable to maintain the pace and fell back alongside his teammates in the second group of riders behind the leading group.
Salom —who was nineteenth fastest in the morning warm up— had a tough race after injuring his left foot in a crash yesterday during qualifying. The Spanish rider stuck with the battle for fourth place for much of the race, until finally finishing the race in fifth and Sissis in sixth.
After nine races thus far this season, Luis Salom maintains his lead in the overall Moto3 standings with 183 points, 9 more than his nearest rival, Maverick Viñales.
The World Championship charges ahead, returning to Europe next week for the Czech Republic GP.
“It was a difficult weekend. After the crash yesterday, finishing a race and taking fifth place is a good result. I think that I could maybe have clinched fourth, but I overtook Arthur [Sissis] under a yellow flag and had to give back the position –which lost us some time. Fifth place, with how my fitness was, is very good.”
Source: Red Bull KTM Ajo Motorsport