Third consecutive win for Salom

29/06/2013

Red Bull KTM Ajo rider wins TT Assen with spectacular move on final lap. Arthur Sissis, viagra order repeats top ten finish with eighth place, ask whilst Zulfahmi Khairuddin takes seventeenth from last on the grid.
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Today’s Moto3 race in Assen was a spectacular contest, order won by Luis Salom with another last lap overtake. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider now holds three wins in a row and increases his lead in the World Championship to ten points. Arthur Sissis achieved eighth place and Zulfahmi Khairuddin made a recovery from a big crash yesterday to finish seventeenth —after starting from last place on the grid.
Salom has now won in consecutive races at Mugello, Catalunya and Assen. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider holds four wins on 2013, and leads the overall standings as a result. Today, he held off attacks from first Alex Rins and later Maverick Viñales. With two laps remaining, he tried out a move at Turn 15 that he would later repeat for the win.

His teammates could also be pleased with this seventh race of the year. Arthur Sissis repeated a top ten finish for the second consecutive race, after an intense battle with fellow Australian Jack Miller.

One of the best news stories of the day was the rapid recovery of Zulfahmi Khairuddin, who missed the qualifying session yesterday through a heavy morning crash. He started from 35th on the grid, but made up seventeen places on the first lap. In the end, despite strong pain in his neck, he finished seventeenth.

In the overall standings, Luis Salom leads the way with 152 points, 10 more than his nearest rival. Zulfahmi Khairuddin lies eighth and Arthur Sissis, today adding 8 points to his tally, is eleventh.

Results (Race)
1. Luis Salom (Red Bull KTM Ajo)   38:20.086
2. Maverick Viñales (KTM)   +0.122
3. Alex Rins (KTM)   +0.282
4. Miguel Oliveira (Mahindra)   +0.378
5. Alex Marquez (KTM)   +0.416
8. Arthur Sissis (Red Bull KTM Ajo)  +27.811
17. Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +36.169

Moto3 World Championship
1. Luis Salom (Red Bull KTM Ajo)  152 points
2. Maverick Viñales (KTM)   142 points
3. Alex Rins (KTM)   117 points
4. Jonas Folger (Kalex KTM)   73 points
5. Alex Marquez (KTM)   59 points
8. Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 40 points
11. Arthur Sissis (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 33 points

Luis Salom >> Audio
“Before the race the feeling was a little strange. Although we had gone fast before today, yesterday we had a problem in qualifying and in the warmup the track was really bad for us. There was a lot of traffic and I couldn’t put in a good last lap. However, I was calm as usual ahead of the race. I think we made a little mistake with the bike setup. It was very windy on the back of the circuit and this meant that I had to open up the throttle earlier, otherwise I wouldn’t accelerate. I was able to rectify the mistake I made last year on the last corner and in the end everything went well. I also think we did a good job with the team. I would like to thank Red Bull, Air Asia, KTM and Aki Ajo for all the work they are doing for me, and especially my technicians and mechanics, because every day I am more pleased to be here.”

Arthur Sissis >> Audio
“It was a good race. I got a nice start and was up with the front guys in the early laps. I was not able to stay with them because Jack [Miller] and I tussled too much and they escaped. Our battle lasted to the end, when I tried to overtake him on the final braking point, but he was very strong and I could not beat him today. However, finishing eighth after so many bad weekends is a step forward.
The whole weekend went well, even the qualifying session, and that makes a big difference in the race. I am very happy with the work we have done and hope we can continue this way.”

Zulfahmi Khairuddin >> Audio (English) // Audio (Malaysian)
“I was very lucky to be able to participate in the race. Today I felt pretty comfortable on the bike and I did well on the opening lap. After twelve or thirteen laps I had a lot of pain in my neck and couldn’t move it. I kept calm and, halfway through, I thought about making an attack with two laps remaining so as not to burn myself out.  In the end, when there were five laps to go, my neck was completely stiff and I could not do so because of the pain. Starting from thirty-fifth position and finishing seventeenth is not bad. I think we could have done better, but we should be very happy with this result.”

Aki Ajo >> Audio (English) // Audio (Finnish)
“In the end it was a very good day and the whole team is very happy. The first thing I want to do is highlight their work, because we have a very good group here for whom I am very grateful. Fahmi [Zulfahmi Khairuddin] had a very hard crash yesterday and we were not sure if he could participate in the race today, so we have to be happy that all is well with him. He did not earn any points, but he was starting from 35th and improved a lot during the race despite a lot of pain in his neck. As for Arthur [Sissis], he has improved greatly over the past two weekends. I see him smiling again, having fun on the bike. He is on the right track. Once again, Luis [Salom] had an incredible race. It was not easy for him, working all weekend looking for the best setup. Although we have not found the ideal setting, he continued to work hard and kept calm, as is par for the course this year from him. He made another very good overtake on the last lap and I greatly respect his hard work.”

*Audio solely for radio use

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