Five minutes with Luis Salom

Luis Salom rides for the Red Bull KTM Ajo Team in the Moto3 World Championship. After eight races the 22-year old from Mallorca leads the standings by 14 points. So we grabbed a quick word with the impressive Spaniard…


So, how did you get into motorcycle racing?

My parents have a bike shop, so I started quite early with the help of my family. We saw that we could make a go of it and we made a big push. So now I am here in Moto3 with the Ajo Team and lead the world championship!


Why race?

It’s all about enthusiasm and for love of the sport. I never think about money. If I would, I would never be fast.


How does it feel on the bike?

The KTM Moto3 machine is small and really light; you have to be aggressive but exist on a very fine line to be fast. Do I enjoy riding the bike? Yes, very much, every time.


This year you’re with the Ajo team. What’s the difference?

I think I am a better rider this year and the team helps me to do that.


What it’s your aim?

Honestly I do not know. The future is very far. I want to stay calm and enjoy every race.


Ever been to Mattighofen?

Not yet, but I know Pit Beirer. Even without visiting you get the special KTM family feeling. When I finally go there I will feel that even more.


You go off-road riding for training?

Yes, I got KTM 350 recently and I will use it for practice during the summer break for sure.


How about daily road riding?
I do not ride on the road. But if I did, I would like to have the KTM 690 because I really like the look of it.