Following an eventful race in the wet at Le Mans, the Moto3™ grid lines up at the Gran Premi Aperol de Catalunya this weekend, where Red Bull KTM Ajo’s German championship leader Sandro Cortese will look to increase his points tally over title-rival Maverick Viñales. Cortese managed to salvage some points after a crash in France, meaning that he has now taken points from 20 of the last 21 races, making him one of the most consistent riders in the pack.
Blusens Avintia’s Viñales will be looking to bounce back after his crash last time out and get one over the German in front of his home crowd, as well as reduce his 12 point deficit to the top. Viñales was leading the race last year, yet was beaten by current 125cc World Champion Nico Terol in the end. Third in the table, RW Racing GP’s Luis Salom will no doubt hope to reverse his fortunes at the Catalan track, as he has not finished a race here in the last three years. Team Italia FMI’s Romano Fenati, who made the headlines in the first two races in the season, after which he has suffered two DNFs, will be one to watch, as he looks to rediscover his earlier form.
Estrella Galicia 0,0’s Alex Rins, who underwent surgery last week on his little finger, is fit to race and defend his fifth place in the table, yet will undoubtedly face tough competition from Bankia Aspar compatriot Alberto Moncayo, who had a good race in Le Mans. Many eyes will also turn to Racing Team Germany’s French rider Louis Rossi, who recorded his first ever win in France in front of his home crowd.
Other top contenders this weekend are likely to include Rins’ teammate Miguel Oliveira, San Carlo Gresini Moto3’s Niccolo Antonelli, AirAsia-SIC-Ajo’s Zulfahmi Khairuddin, as well as Cortese’s teammates Arthurs Sissis and Danny Kent.
The class will see two wildcard entries joining the race in the form of Alex Márquez for the Estrella Galicia 0,0 team and British rider John McPhee of the KRP Racing Step Foundation.
World Championship Standings Moto3™
1- Sandro Cortese - GER - KTM - 67
2- Maverick Viñales - SPA - FTR Honda - 55
3- Luis Salom - ITA - Kalex KTM - 49
4- Romano Fenati - ITA - FTR Honda - 45
5- Alex Rins - SPA - Suter - 44