Texan Moto3 winner Alex Rins has added to his total by taking victory today in Germany to consolidate his hold on third in the championship, ahead of main rivals Luis Salom and Maverick Viñales.
Rins led from his pole position for most of the early part of the race, leaving Viñales to fight with Jack Miller and Salom for the final podium positions. However, Miller was soon dropped, and the others closed the gap down to the leader.
By half distance, Rins was forced to fight for his lead, swapping places repeatedly with Viñales. Salom, however, was content to watch from third and apparently bide his time.
With four laps remaining, Salom made his move, going third to first and immediately pulling out a half second gap. However, a late time trial effort from Rins and Viñales closed it in, and Rins was in place on the last lap to make the move for the win.
Miguel Olivera was fourth and Efren Vazquez sixth, split by Alex Marquez, after another strong performance from the Mahindra team, while early podium contender Miller fell back to seventh, the first Honda. The top eight was rounded out by home rider Jonas Folger.
John McPhee was back in 24th after an early trip to the gravel trap.
Sunday’s result sees Salom retain his championship lead, with Viñales remaining second. Race winner Rins has now moved closer to second place overall as 30 points cover the top three.
1 42 Alex RINS SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 KTM 39'34.735
2 39 Luis SALOM SPA Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM +0.232
3 25 Maverick VIÑALES SPA Team Calvo KTM +0.248
4 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA POR Mahindra Racing Mahindra +4.982
5 12 Alex MARQUEZ SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 KTM +5.201
6 7 Efren VAZQUEZ SPA Mahindra Racing Mahindra +5.456
7 8 Jack MILLER AUS Caretta Technology - RTG FTR Honda +10.659
8 94 Jonas FOLGER GER Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 Kalex KTM +15.593
9 41 Brad BINDER RSA Ambrogio Racing Suter Honda +18.406
10 61 Arthur SISSIS AUS Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM +18.447
11 84 Jakub KORNFEIL CZE Redox RW Racing GP Kalex KTM +18.562
12 32 Isaac VIÑALES SPA Ongetta-Centro Seta FTR Honda +20.093
13 5 Romano FENATI ITA San Carlo Team Italia FTR Honda +20.151
14 53 Jasper IWEMA NED RW Racing GP Kalex KTM +20.646
15 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI ITA GO&FUN Gresini Moto3 FTR Honda +22.797
23 17 John MCPHEE GBR Caretta Technology - RTG FTR Honda +53.937