Luis Salom

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Salom and the second or maternal family name is Horrach.
Luis Salom
Luis Salom 2013 Catalunya.jpg
Salom at the pitwalk of 2013 Catalan Grand Prix
Nationality Spain Spanish
Born (1991-08-07)7 August 1991
Palma, Spain
Died 3 June 2016(2016-06-03) (aged 24)
Barcelona, Spain
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Moto2 World Championship
Active years 20142016
Manufacturers Kalex
2015 championship position 13th (80 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
41 0 3 0 1 202
Moto3 World Championship
Active years 20122013
Manufacturers Kalex KTM, KTM
Championships 0
2013 championship position 3rd (302 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
34 9 20 4 6 516
125cc World Championship
Active years 20092011
Manufacturers Honda, Lambretta, Aprilia
Championships 0
2011 championship position 8th (116 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
43 0 2 0 0 209

Luis Jaime Salom Horrach[1] (7 August 1991 – 3 June 2016) was a Spanish Grand Prix motorcycle racer. Salom succumbed to his injuries after a practice accident the Circuit de Catalunya, when making contact with his bike and the wall after a high-speed accident. Racing in the Moto2 class since 2014, he finished 41 races, with 3 podium appearances, including a second place finish at the 2016 Qatar season opener. At the time of his death, Salom ranked 10th in the 2016 Moto2 Championship point standings. Previously he had competed in Moto3, accumulating nine race victories, finishing 2nd and 3rd in the 2012 and 2013 championships, respectively. [2]

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Palma de Mallorca, Salom started racing competitively from the age of eight years, winning the 50 cc Balearic Supermotard championship.[3] He progressed up into 125cc championships from 2005 onwards, again becoming Balearic champion for two years in succession, before moving into the CEV Buckler championship in 2007.

In his first full season in the national championship, Salom finished seventh in the series, with a single podium coming in Catalunya. He also took part in the Red Bull Rookies Cup in 2007, taking fourth place in the championship thanks to a win at Assen and second at Jerez. He continued in the series in 2008 where he would win four of the first five races of the season, to hold a 13-point lead over J. D. Beach. Beach would overhaul Salom by four points by season's end, after Salom retired from races at the Sachsenring and Brno.[4] He also finished second to Efrén Vázquez in the CEV Buckler championship.

125cc/Moto3 World Championship, (2009–2013)[edit]

Luis Salom 2010 Silverstone

Salom made his Grand Prix début in a wildcard appearance at the Spanish Grand Prix, finishing 23rd.[5] After another wildcard appearance in Catalunya, Salom moved into the championship full-time, replacing Simone Corsi at the WRB team. In twelve races, Salom amassed 21 points on the Aprilia with sixth at Donington being his best result.

Salom moved to the Lambretta team for the 2010 season.[6] After amassing Lambretta's only point of the season at Jerez, Salom moved to Stipa-Molenaar Racing for the rest of the season,[7] where he would add a further 71 points to his tally, including nine top-ten finishes to enable him to finish 12th in the championship.

Salom won his first Grand Prix in Indianapolis in 2012, beating Sandro Cortese and Maverick Viñales in a last-lap fight. He also won at Aragon. He finished the championship in second behind Cortese.

He went to Red Bull KTM Ajo for the 2013 season. He dominated most of the season, and led from Catalunya onwards. However, his championship lead dwindled at Motegi after crashing out of the race, giving his title rivals Maverick Viñales and Álex Rins the chance to catch up. Rins crashed out, but Viñales finished second. At the final round in Valencia, Salom crashed again, leaving Rins and Viñales to fight to for the title, and Viñales would later triumph. Salom finished fourteenth and recorded the fastest lap of the race, but could only finish third in the final standings.

Moto2 World Championship (2014–2016)[edit]

Salom signed a contract with Pons Racing that lasted until the end of 2015 to race with former title rival Maverick Viñales.[8] Then during the events in Qatar and Austin, he only scored two points. During the Catalan Grand Prix, he suffered a crash with Jonas Folger, putting both of them out of the race. Salom was taken to hospital after the race, and underwent surgery on a broken right arm.

In 2016, Salom move to SAG Racing Team partnering with Jesko Raffin. At Qatar Salom finished the race in 2nd-place.

Death[edit]

The course as now configured to reduce turn 12 speeds.

On 3 June 2016, with 25 minutes to go during Free Practice 2 for the 2016 Catalan Moto2 Grand Prix, Salom crashed at turn 12,[9] resulting in the session being red-flagged. The accident was not recorded by MotoGP cameras, however a security camera near turn 13 managed to capture video of the accident. His bike hit the air fence and bounced upwards, while Salom (who had let go of his bike) slid underneath resulting in him being directly in the crashing bike's path. Salom was rushed to Hospital General de Catalunya, where he died during surgery from injuries sustained in the crash.

As a result of his death, the race used the layout normally used by Formula One, to reduce speeds in the part of the track where Salom had crashed.[10] Salom's death was the first during a world championship since Italian rider Marco Simoncelli's fatal crash at Sepang during the 2011 Malaysian motorcycle Grand Prix.[11]

Until telemetry data was released four days after Salom's death, his team believed the front of the bike lost control whilst braking over a bump at turn 12. Data released four days after the crash, showed that due to a low acceleration at the exit out of turn 11, the Spanish rider had applied the brakes nine metres later than usual, in order to maintain a proper corner speed at turn 12. As a result Salom was still on the brakes when he hit an irregularity on the asphalt, as opposed to previous laps where he already had released the brakes on that spot. The stress this produced on the front tyre, caused a loss of grip over the irregularity, resulting in the crash.[12]

Career statistics[edit]

By season[edit]

Season Class Motorcycle Team Number Race Win Podium Pole FLap Pts Plcd
2009 125cc Honda SAG-Castrol 39 12 0 0 0 0 21 22nd
Aprilia Jack & Jones Team
2010 125cc Lambretta Lambretta Reparto Corse 39 16 0 0 0 0 72 12th
Aprilia Stipa - Molenaar Racing GP
2011 125cc Aprilia RW Racing GP 39 15 0 2 0 0 116 8th
2012 Moto3 Kalex KTM RW Racing GP 39 17 2 8 0 1 214 2nd
2013 Moto3 KTM Red Bull KTM Ajo 39 17 7 12 4 5 302 3rd
2014 Moto2 Kalex Paginas Amarillas HP 40 39 18 0 2 0 1 85 8th
2015 Moto2 Kalex Paginas Amarillas HP 40 39 17 0 0 0 0 80 13th
2016 Moto2 Kalex SAG Team 39 6 0 1 0 0 37* 10th*
Total 118 9 25 4 7 927

* Season still in progress.

By class[edit]

Class Seasons 1st GP 1st Pod 1st Win Race Win Podiums Pole FLap Pts WChmp
125 cc 2009–2011 2009 Spain 2011 Netherlands 43 0 2 0 0 209 0
Moto3 2012–2013 2012 Qatar 2012 Spain 2012 Indianapolis 34 9 20 4 6 516 0
Moto2 2014–2016 2014 Qatar 2014 Argentina 41 0 3 0 1 202 0

Races by year[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Class Bike 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Pos. Pts
2009 125cc Honda QAT JPN SPA
23
FRA ITA CAT
Ret
22nd 21
Aprilia NED
16
GER
13
GBR
6
CZE
Ret
IND
13
RSM
21
POR
15
AUS
19
MAL
15
VAL
13
2010 125cc Lambretta QAT
Ret
SPA
15
12th 72
Aprilia FRA
10
ITA
DNS
GBR
Ret
NED
8
CAT
Ret
GER
Ret
CZE
10
IND
12
RSM
Ret
ARA
10
JPN
8
MAL
8
AUS
8
POR
5
VAL
10
2011 125cc Aprilia QAT
8
SPA
Ret
POR
8
FRA
10
CAT
Ret
GBR
4
NED
2
ITA
6
GER
5
CZE
DNS
IND RSM
Ret
ARA
5
JPN
23
AUS
2
MAL
Ret
VAL
7
8th 116
2012 Moto3 Kalex KTM QAT
4
SPA
2
POR
3
FRA
Ret
CAT
10
GBR
2
NED
4
GER
3
ITA
Ret
IND
1
CZE
2
RSM
2
ARA
1
JPN
Ret
MAL
4
AUS
15
VAL
10
2nd 214
2013 Moto3 KTM QAT
1
AME
3
SPA
2
FRA
3
ITA
1
CAT
1
NED
1
GER
2
IND
5
CZE
1
GBR
1
RSM
4
ARA
4
MAL
1
AUS
3
JPN
Ret
VAL
14
3rd 302
2014 Moto2 Kalex QAT
14
AME
Ret
ARG
3
SPA
6
FRA
5
ITA
2
CAT
Ret
NED
15
GER
14
IND
26
CZE
Ret
GBR
19
RSM
15
ARA
13
JPN
15
AUS
17
MAL
11
VAL
4
8th 85
2015 Moto2 Kalex QAT
Ret
AME
27
ARG
11
SPA
7
FRA
Ret
ITA
5
CAT
5
NED
DNS
GER
17
IND
16
CZE
9
GBR
17
RSM
9
ARA
Ret
JPN
Ret
AUS
6
MAL
6
VAL
6
13th 80
2016 Moto2 Kalex QAT
2
ARG
15
AME
13
SPA
9
FRA
10
ITA
Ret
CAT
DNS
NED GER AUT CZE GBR RSM ARA JPN AUS MAL VAL 10th* 37*

* Season still in progress.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Campeonato de España de Velocidad, Circuito de Albacete – 5ª Prueba: Clasificación Provisional" (PDF). CEV Buckler. Dorna Sports. 21 September 2008. Retrieved 9 November 2010. 
  2. ^ Moto2 rider Luis Salom dies after crashing during practice
  3. ^ "#39 Luis Salom". Red Bull MotoGP Rookie Cup. Red Bull. Retrieved 9 November 2010. 
  4. ^ "Red Bull Rookie Standings 2008". Red Bull MotoGP Rookie Cup. Red Bull. Retrieved 9 November 2010. 
  5. ^ "Gran Premio bwin.com de España: 125cc Entry List" (PDF). motogp.com. Dorna Sports. Retrieved 9 November 2010. 
  6. ^ "Entry list for 2010 125cc World Championship". motogp.com (Dorna Sports). 27 January 2010. Retrieved 9 November 2010. 
  7. ^ "Monster Energy Grand Prix de France: 125cc Entry List" (PDF). motogp.com. Dorna Sports. Retrieved 9 November 2010. 
  8. ^ "Salom, Vinales sign two-year Pons deals". Crash.net (Crash Media Group). 11 September 2013. Retrieved 10 November 2013. 
  9. ^ "Statement – Luis Salmon". motogp.com. Dorna Sports SL. 3 June 2016. Archived from the original on 3 June 2016. 
  10. ^ "Catalulnya MotoGP to use F1 layout following Salom tragedy". Crash.net (Crash.net). 3 June 2016. Retrieved 4 June 2016. 
  11. ^ Press Association. "Luis Salom, Spanish Moto2 rider, dies aged 24 after crashing in Catalunya Grand Prix practice session". Retrieved 4 June 2016. 
  12. ^ Autosport.com. "Luis Salom's team explains his fatal crash at Barcelona". Retrieved 29 June 2016. 

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