2012 Estoril MotoGP | Results

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2012 MotoGP Championship

Spoiler Alert: 2012 MotoGP Championship results from Estoril, Portugal, listed below

Following a short, one-week break, the 2012 MotoGP Championship continued this weekend at Estoril, Portugal, for Round 3 of 18.

And like it has since joining the MotoGP Championship in 2000, the Portugese circuit just west of Lisbon challenged the 20-rider grid (minus Colin Edwards) with its bumpy straights, long-radius corners and the tricky chicane between turns 8 and 10.

And this challenges shrunk the grid by one rider; the race was minus Edwards due to a hectic crash during Saturday’s qualifying. The NGM Forward Racing CRT rider was involved in a tangle with Power Electronic Aspar’s Randy de Puniet, and broke his left shoulder. Due to the injury, Edwards was forced to miss the round, and will go undergo surgery.

Once things got underway Sunday, though, one rider quickly returned to his normal rhythm -Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner. The Australian, who also won last week’s round in Jerez, started from the pole, and was in front by the beginning of turn 2.

The two-time MotoGP Champion then went on to lead all 27 laps at Estoril, finishing 1.421 seconds ahead of his rival, the 2010 MotoGP Champion Jorge Lorenzo. Taking the final podium position was Stoner’s teammate, Dani Pedrosa.

The action was intense from the outset; getting off the line first was Pedrosa, followed closely by Lorenzo and Stoner. But Stoner charged to the front at the start of turn 2, rubbing some paint with Pedrosa as he passed. Lorenzo also got pass his fellow compatriot Pedrosa, and these top three remained in their eventual podium finishes for the entire race.

Getting a fourth-place start was Lorenzo’s teammate, Ben Spies. But the Texan ran wide, falling back into seventh where he began a duel with Ducati Team’s Valentino Rossi. As the top three pulled away from the remaining riders, the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 duo of Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow began battling for fourth.

By the halfway point, Speed Master rider Mattia Pasini had crashed out after losing the front of his Aprilia-powered CRT, and Avintia Blusen CRT rider IVan Silva retired due to pain from a crash during warm up. With 11 laps remaining, Silva’s teammate also crashed.

The drama continued when Paul Bird Motorsport’s James Ellison (Kawasaki) retired with engine issues with nine laps to go. Cardion AB Racing Ducati’s Karel Abraham then crashed with five laps remaining.

As the top three came to the line, Dovi was able to hold off his teammate for fourth. Taking sixth was San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista, followed by Rossi in seventh and Spies in eight. Rounding out the top 10 were LCR hodna’s Stefan Bradl and Pramac Racing Ducati’s Hector Barbera.

Taking the top CRT honors once again was Power Electronic Aspar (Aprilia) rider Aleix Espargaro, who finished 12th ahead of Ducati Team’s Nicky Hayden.

With his win, Stoner has now won a race in the premier class on every single track currently on the MotoGP calendar. Stoner now leads the 2012 MotoGP Championship with 66 points after three of 18 rounds. But just a point behind is Lorenzo, with Pedrosa in third with 52 points.

The 2012 Championship now breaks for two weeks before the French Grand Prix at Le Mans May 18-20.

2012 Estoril MotoGP Results:

Pos. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time/Gap
1 25 1 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 154.0 45’37.513
2 20 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 153.9 +1.421
3 16 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 153.8 +3.621
4 13 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 153.2 +13.846
5 11 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 153.1 +16.690
6 10 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 152.8 +21.884
7 9 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 152.5 +26.797
8 8 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 152.1 +33.262
9 7 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 152.0 +35.867
10 6 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 151.0 +53.363
11 5 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 150.5 +1’02.630
12 4 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 149.6 +1’20.736
13 3 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART 149.4 +1’23.483
14 2 51 Michele PIRRO ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini FTR 148.7 +1’37.905
15 1 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda 147.2 1 Lap
Not Classified
17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 144.7 5 Laps
77 James ELLISON GBR Paul Bird Motorsport ART 146.4 10 Laps
68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Avintia Blusens BQR 148.7 12 Laps
54 Mattia PASINI ITA Speed Master ART 148.8 17 Laps
22 Ivan SILVA SPA Avintia Blusens BQR 144.0 17 Laps

2012 MotoGP Championship Point Standings (After three of 18 rounds):

Pos.RiderBikeNationPoints

1.Casey STONERHondaAUS66

2.Jorge LORENZOYamahaSPA65

3.Dani PEDROSAHondaSPA52

4.Cal CRUTCHLOWYamahaGBR37

5.Andrea DOVIZIOSOYamahaITA35

6.Alvaro BAUTISTAHondaSPA29

7.Stefan BRADLHondaGER24

8.Nicky HAYDENDucatiUSA23

9.Valentino ROSSIDucatiITA22

10.Hector BARBERADucatiSPA19

11.Ben SPIESYamahaUSA18

12.Aleix ESPARGAROARTSPA9

13.Randy DE PUNIETARTFRA6

14.Colin EDWARDSSuterUSA4

15.Danilo PETRUCCIIodaITA4

16.Michele PIRROFTRITA2

17.Mattia PASINIARTITA2

18.Yonny HERNANDEZBQR-FTRCOL2

19.Ivan SILVABQRSPA1