2012 Qatar Moto3 | Results

2012 Moto3

The debut of the new Moto3 category in the World Championship delivered an excellent spectacle as Maverick Viñales (Blusens Avintia) took victory in the first race of the evening at Losail International Circuit, Qatar.

The Spaniard, who won the last two 125cc races of the two-stroke machine era and was the Rookie of the Year in 2011, was followed across the line by debutant Romano Fenati (Team Italia FMI) who scored a podium in his first ever Grand Prix start.

The young Italian led the race for the opening six laps before Viñales overtook him, and the pair traded places again before the more experienced Viñales – still only 17 and now the second-youngest rider in history to have won three successive Grands Prix – pulled away to win by a margin of 4.3 seconds.

The displays of Viñales and 16 year-old Fenati were hugely impressive, and as the pair rode out front for the majority of the 18-lap race a thrilling battle for the third and final podium position raged behind.

In the end it was pole position starter Sandro Cortese (Red Bull KTM Ajo) who prevailed after an intense five-way fight with, in order of their final race positions, Luis Salom (RW Racing GP), Miguel Oliveira (Estrella Galicia 0’0), Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Airasia-SIC-Ajo) and rookie Arthur Sissis (Red Bull KTM Ajo). Each of the four and Cortese had looked like taking third in an open race, before the German managed his drive out of the last corner on the final lap perfectly to beat Salom.

Completing the top 10 were British rider Danny Kent (Red Bull KTM Ajo), Frenchman Louis Rossi (Racing Team Germany) and another rookie, Spanish prospect Alex Rins (Estrella Galicia 0’0).

It was a special evening for new talent on the World Championship stage as Alan Techer (Technomag-CIP-TSR) registered points on his GP debut by taking 11th, with Héctor Faubel (Bankia Aspar Team), Niklas Ajo (TT Motion Events Racing), Alberto Moncayo (Bankia Aspar Team) and Jakub Kornfeil (Redox-Ongetta-Centro Seta) also scoring as they completed the top 15 riders across the finish line.

The MotoGP World Championship returns to action in just under three weeks, for the Gran Premio bwin de España at Jerez, which takes place from April 27-29.

2012 Qatar Moto3 Results:

Pos. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time/Gap
1. 25 25 Maverick VIÑALES SPA Blusens Avintia FTR Honda 150.2 38’40.995
2. 20 5 Romano FENATI ITA Team Italia FMI FTR Honda 149.9 +4.301
3. 16 11 Sandro CORTESE GER Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 149.0 +18.013
4. 13 39 Luis SALOM SPA RW Racing GP Kalex KTM 149.0 +18.200
5. 11 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA POR Estrella Galicia 0,0 Suter Honda 149.0 +18.745
6. 10 63 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN MAL AirAsia-Sic-Ajo KTM 149.0 +19.052
7. 9 61 Arthur SISSIS AUS Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 149.0 +19.466
8. 8 52 Danny KENT GBR Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 148.9 +21.098
9. 7 96 Louis ROSSI FRA Racing Team Germany FTR Honda 148.8 +21.153
10. 6 42 Alex RINS SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Suter Honda 148.4 +28.733
11. 5 89 Alan TECHER FRA Technomag-CIP-TSR TSR Honda 148.3 +29.775
12. 4 55 Hector FAUBEL SPA Bankia Aspar Team Kalex KTM 148.3 +29.813
13. 3 31 Niklas AJO FIN TT Motion Events Racing KTM 147.9 +35.940
14. 2 23 Alberto MONCAYO SPA Bankia Aspar Team Kalex KTM 147.9 +35.983
15. 1 84 Jakub KORNFEIL CZE Redox-Ongetta-Centro Seta FTR Honda 147.7 +38.641
16.   7 Efren VAZQUEZ SPA JHK T-Shirt Laglisse Honda 147.6 +40.219
17.   27 Niccolo ANTONELLI ITA San Carlo Gresini Moto3 Honda 147.0 +50.629
18.   99 Danny WEBB GBR Mahindra Racing Mahindra 146.7 +54.751
19.   21 Ivan MORENO SPA Andalucia JHK Laglisse FTR Honda 146.7 +54.989
20.   26 Adrian MARTIN SPA JHK T-Shirt Laglisse Honda 146.1 +1’05.183
21.   51 Kenta FUJII JPN Technomag-CIP-TSR TSR Honda 145.1 +1’21.239
22.   15 Simone GROTZKYJ ITA Ambrogio Next Racing Oral 144.3 +1’35.791
23.   9 Toni FINSTERBUSCH GER Cresto Guide MZ Racing MZ-RE Honda 143.9 +1’41.291
24.   53 Jasper IWEMA NED Moto FGR FGR Honda 143.2 +1’54.293
25.   8 Jack MILLER AUS Caretta Technology Honda 139.9 1 Lap
Not Classified
    94 Jonas FOLGER GER IodaRacing Project Ioda 143.5 7 Laps
    3 Luigi MORCIANO ITA Ioda Team Italia Ioda 142.9 11 Laps
    41 Brad BINDER RSA RW Racing GP Kalex KTM 147.3 12 Laps
    77 Marcel SCHROTTER GER Mahindra Racing Mahindra 145.7 13 Laps
    10 Alexis MASBOU FRA Caretta Technology Honda   0 Lap
    19 Alessandro TONUCCI ITA Team Italia FMI FTR Honda   0 Lap
    32 Isaac VIÑALES SPA Ongetta-Centro Seta FTR Honda   0 Lap