Luis Salom - Red Bull Rookie to World Championship Leader

Luis Salom - Red Bull Rookie to World Championship Leader

21.06.2013: Luis Salom is now an established Grand Prix star and leads the Moto3 World Championship

Luis Salom is now an established Grand Prix star and leads the Moto3 World Championship after his third win of the season in Barcelona.

It is easy to forget that his GP road started with the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup. He took part in the first season, 2007, won in Assen and finished 4th that season. In 2008 he won 4 times and battled JD Beach for the title all the way to the end, just losing out by 4 points after 10 races.

“The Rookies Cup was very important for my career,” says Salom. “I learnt a lot, they are very good bikes, all the people involved in the Rookies Cup give a lot of help to the riders, try to be really clear with the riders and also really nice at the same time.

You learn a lot about what to expect when you move into the GP classes. You see many new thing like the tracks, that's really important, you meet a lot of people in the paddock, they get to see you race, this can be so important for your future career.”

No other way

“The incredible thing is that with Rookies Cup you don't have to pay, you just pay your travel and this is so important for many families. My father is a mechanic, we are just a normal family we could never have the chance to go racing like this is if it was not for Rookies Cup. There is no way normally to have such bikes and race on the World Championship circuits, no other such opportunity for a rider.”

Salom knows very well that even as a successful Rookie things are not given away. “It wasn't immediately easy to transit from Rookies Cup to the World Championship but finally I managed it and eventually I started to get some good results. Last year I was second in the World Championship and this year I have the possibility with the Red Bull KTM factory team and Ajo Motorsports to challenge for the World Championship.”

Still learning

For Salom, gaining experience was what the Rookies Cup meant to him and it has not stopped there. “I am still learning, still learning a lot from the people around me in the Ajo team. I know that I have many, many, many things still to learn and I try to learn every day, every time I ride the bike.”

“This is a huge opportunity for me this year, the Ajo people, KTM, Red Bull, they have so much experience and I can make use of that. I have many races this year and I will learn in every race. I am determined to make the best out of the time I have in every practice session and every race, I will develop different tactics and strategy so I don't do the same thing in every race. If I win or not I am still learning, sometimes it will work and sometimes for sure it will not.”


“Races are different, a race like Mugello at a track where slipstreaming is so important and where there was a group of six battling for the win I realised that it was not a good idea just to wait for the last lap, it would be too unpredictable with so many riders so I pushed a little earlier. Every race is different.”

“Always I will do my best and of course it is not possible to win every race and the important thing is to finish every race in the best position that I can on that day. You get there by making the best out of every practice and every qualifying, make the best out of every opportunity and that is what you must also do in Rookies Cup.”

- Red Bull also photos


21.06.2013 / MaP

More News

2013 FIM MX3 and Women’s World Championschip calendar updated
The event originally scheduled in Jastrebarsko (Croatia) on 7 July has been cancelled. The 2013 calendars have been updated as follows: FIM MX3 World Championship31 March    KNMV     Valkenswaard    Netherlands05 May    BMF    Troyan& more >>
Mr Giuseppe Luongo celebrates his 30th anniversary as promoter in Maggiora
Mr Luongo receiving a special present by the organizers of MXGP Italy During the Grand Prix of Italy around 250 people related to the world of motocross joined Youthstream’s President Mr Giuseppe Luongo to celebrate hi more >>
Yamaha Wrap Up Spanish Visit with Successful Test
Following reigning World Champion Jorge Lorenzo’s stunning victory in Barcelona at the weekend the Yamaha Factory Racing Team have concluded two days of successful testing. The Monday test at the Catalunya circuit immediately follow more >>
BMW Motorrad riders enjoy continued success in the IDM.
-  Backed by BMW Motorrad HP RaceSupport, BMW teams keep celebrating victories and podium finishes – Munich experts on duty also at the Isle of Man TT.  BMW is on the right path in its mission to defend the title in the International German Motorcycle Championship IDM. Three of the eight rounds of the 2013 season are now c more >>
BMW Motorrad GS Trophy Germany 2013.
 Abenteuerliche Schwarzwald-Olympiade mit hohem SpaßfaktorTeam Deutschland und Alpenteam für Internationale BMW Motorrad GS Trophy 2014 stehen fest.Sieger sind sie alle, auch wenn sich nur die drei Erstplatzi more >>
10.500 Zuschauer erleben ein spannendes SUPERBIKE*IDM-Wochenende in Oschersleben
Die etropolis Motorsport Arena in Oschersleben war an diesem Wochenende Austragungsort des dritten Laufs der SUPERBIKE*IDM 2013. Bei hervorragenden Wetterverhältnissen erlebten 10.500 Zuschauer ein spannendes Rennwochenende. „Es wa more >>
Paulin clinches sensational victory in Maggiora
The main races of the Grand Prix of Italy took place today at the emblematic track of Maggiora, which was packed with 38000 spectators. The crowd was outstanding and they supported their home riders until the very last lap. more >>
MX1, MX2 rider and manufacturer standings after Italy GP 2013
FIM Motocross  MX2-GP World StandingRider Standings    After Race 9 of 18    1.    Jeffrey Herlings    KTM    NED    4472.    Jordi Tixier    KTM    FRA    3233.    Jose Antonio Bu more >>
Great victory for Fontanesi as Charlier also shines in Italy
MX2-GP ITALY - ROUND 9      MaggioraHot sunshine baked a massive crowd at Maggiora for the Grand Prix of Italy and Monster Energy Yamaha’s Christophe Charlier moved up to fourth position in the MX2-GP points table after a more >>
Fighting Santtu Tiainen claims two Italian points
The historical hillside circuit of Maggiora not only seduced the 'retro' motocross fans. With a bumper crowd and positive reviews from the riders the return to the mythical venue about 90 km northeast of Turin turned out hugely successful. For 24MX Honda Racing&r more >>
Italian wonder woman Fontanesi wins in Italy
Sunlit clouds filled the blue skies of Maggiora for round three of the FIM Women’s Motocross World Championship. Despite the line up of strong contenders such as Australian women’s motocross champion Meghan Rutledge, British Ladie more >>
KTM's Meo and Nambotin score double wins in Romania
KTM Enduro factory riders Antoine Meo and Christophe Nambotin, both of France, continued laying the groundwork to hold onto their respective world championship titles this weekend when they both picked up double victories in the comp more >>
KTM: Herlings wins MX2, De Dycker & Cairoli 2-3 in MX1 in Italy
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing came away from the MX GP of Italy with Jeffrey Herlings grabbing the MX2 GP and Ken de Dycker and Tony Cairoli finishing 2-3 in  MX 1. Both Cairoli and Herlings leave the historic Maggiora circuit retaining more >>
Tony Cairoli hits 3rd in Italy GP despite his left sprained knee
The greatest support was showed today in Maggiora for the italian champion Tony Cairoli. After a bad slip during the 1st race that caused him a sprain of his left knee, during the 2nd one he repaid his fans with a magnificent performance. more >>
Strong 5th place for Bradl at scorching Catalunya GP
The field got way in stifling conditions today for the 25-lap race at Montmeló race track with LCR racer Stefan Bradl enjoying a second consecutive top five finish. During the first three more >>
Klemen Gercar makes magic in Maggiora
After a great day’s racing yesterday the riders of the FIM Motocross MX3 World Championship lined up again this morning for race two. With the sun burning bright and temperatures averaging around 28 degrees Celsius the MX3 world championship heated more >>
Rider, Teams and Manufacturer standings after race 6 in Catalunya
MotoGP World StandingRider Standings    After Race 6 of 18    1.    Daniel Pedrosa    Honda    ESP    1232.    Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha ESP    116 3.    Marc Marquez    Honda    ESP&n more >>
Jorge Lorenzo Delivers Perfect Catalunya Victory
MOTOGP SPAIN - ROUND 6 CatalunyaCircuit Length: 4727Weather: HotLap Record: 1'42.358 (Daniel Pedrosa, 1-1-2008)Fastest Lap Ever: 1'40.893 (Daniel Pedrosa, 16-6-2013)Last Years Winner: Jorge Lorenzo   Yamaha F more >>
Red Bull KTM Ajo factory rider Luis Salom wins in Catalunya and takes lead in Championship
Moto3 GP of CatalunyaRed Bull KTM Ajo factory rider Luis Salom rode a masterly race to seal his second consecutive Moto3 GP victory on the Catalunya GP circuit in Barcelona to lead home a three-way KTM pod more >>
Der dritte Lauf der SUPERBIKE*IDM in der etropolis Motorsport Arena Oschersleben glänzt mit bestem Wetter
- Spannendes Kopf-an-Kopf-Duell zwischen den Superbike-Piloten Markus Reiterberger und Erwan Nigon Nachdem beim zweiten SUPERBIKE*IDM Lauf im belgischen Zolder auf Grund strömenden Regens die mei more >>
Paulin and Tonkov take pole in Maggiora
Finally the big day arrived and the best motocross riders in the world raced the renovated track of Maggiora that had been closed for fourteen years. The emblematic Italian track hosted the MX1 and MX2 Qualifying races, as well as race one more >>
Michek and Fontanesi dominate race one at Maggiora
Back to the roots, the MX3 world championship joins the premier world championship classes (MX1 and MX2) at the historically famous and magnificent track of Maggiora, Italy for round five of the 2013 FIM Motocross MX3 World Championship. With sunlit clo more >>
Yamaha lift covers off 2014 YZ range
Saturday evening at the historic Maggiora circuit for the Italian Grand Prix saw the brand new 2014 YZ450F and 250F unveiled to the international press and many local fans with the factory Monster Energy team given the honours of uncovering the progressive new tec more >>
KTM Racing Stefan Everts for another three years
photo caption: Stefan Everts renews contract with KTM Racing Pit Beirer, Head of KTM Motorsports announced at a press conference at the MX GP in Maggiora, Italy on Saturday th more >>
Jorge Lorenzo Delivers Catalunya Front Row
MOTOGP SPAIN - ROUND 6  CatalunyaJorge Lorenzo continued his unbroken run as the only rider to consistently start from the front row this season, taking third on the grid for tomorrow’s Gran Premi Aperol de Catalunya. The reign more >>
Stefan Bradl struggles in the sweltering heat of Catalunya GP qualifying
LCR Honda racer Stefan Bradl will start from the 10th position (1’42.090) on the gird tomorrow after a tough and hot qualifying session at the Montmeló race track. The Ge more >>
The mythic track of Maggiora ready to host the ninth MXGP
  Since the announcement of the comeback of the old-school track of Maggiora to the FIM Motocross World Championship, there have been many expectations generated around the Italian Grand Prix.   Finally, the day has arriv more >>
Valentio Rossi takes charge in Catalunya
MOTOGP SPAIN - ROUND 6          Catalunya     Yamaha Factory Racing’s Valentino Rossi wrapped up the first day of practice for the Gran Premi Aperol de Catalunya at the top of the time sheets as the f more >>
icket sales are open for the Grand Prix of Finland
The celebration of the Finnish Grand Prix in four weeks time and the involvement of ICE1Racing in the FIM Motocross World Championship are clear signs of the growth of interest in Motocross in Finland. The Finnish track of Hyvink&a more >>
Celebrate Fathers day with the British Grand Prix and the MXGP Festival
Treat your dad to an amazing weekend of racing by buying them a ticket to the British Motocross Grand Prix / MXGP Festival before this weekend, and you will receive a £5 discount when you spend £70 or more. We believe motocross has a strong father / son histor more >>
Mackenzie steps in for injured Frossard at Italian GP
Monster Energy Yamaha will welcome former Grand Prix winner and current Australian MX1 Motocross Championship contender Billy Mackenzie back to the throes of the FIM series this weekend. The 29 year old Scot will substitute the injured Steven Frossard more >>
Lukas Trautmann mit starkem 4. Platz beim Moto2 Debüt in Oschersleben
Trautmann verpasst Podium im CEMC nur knappSchritt für Schritt tastet sich das Salzburger Motorradtalent Lukas Trautmann an die Motorradweltmeisterschaft heran. Im Rahmen der Central European Motorcycle Championship deb&uum more >>
First trophy of 2013 for Charlier at home GP, Fontanesi wins again
MX2-GP FRANCE - ROUND 8 ErnéeChristophe Charlier’s first podium result of the season and the second of his career was the highlight from a dramatic weekend of action for the factory Monster Energy Yamaha team at Ernee for the Grand Prix of more >>
Chiara Fontanesi Dominates in Slovenia
Round two of the FIM Women’s Motocross World Championship took place today at the circuit of Orehova Vas in sunny Slovenia where Monster Energy Yamaha’s Chiara Fontanesi added another two wins to her so far perfect season. Stephanie Laier was on the second step of the podium more >>
Klemen Gercar wins at home and claims back the red plate
Round four of the FIM MX3 World Championship continues to heat up as local boy Klemen Gercar triumphs his home round of Slovenia. Frantisek Smola finished second overall and Gert Krestinov completed the top three.Immediately revving up the fans more >>
Red Bull KTM riders Cairoli and Herlings take wins at the MX GP of France 2013
Red Bull KTM riders had another top day out at the MX GP of France with both Tony Cairoli and Jeffrey Herlings winning the MX1 and MX2 GPs respectively.For the Italian Cairoli it was a 2-1 outing on th more >>
Tony Cairoli hits 1st place in France with 56 points ahead in the ranking
..approaching Italy GP  Tony Cairoli hits 59 wins and gets ready for the next GP scheduled for next week in Maggiora. The 6 times world championship dominated on the Ernee track, granting only one race to Paulin. After the opening r more >>
A vibrant crowd see Cairoli and Herlings win in France
The eighth Grand Prix of France took place today at Ernée where Antonio Cairoli and Jeffrey Herlings obtained another overall victory and they increased their lead in the championship standings. The French riders made the crowd go cr more >>
Full Results GP of France Ernee 2013
FIM MOTOCROSS  Grand Prix of France, ERNEEResult MX1 Race 1 1. Gautier Paulin (FRA), Kawasaki2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA), KTM3. Clement Desalle (BEL), Suzuki4. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL), more >>



2001-2019 full copyright