2012 Le Mans Moto3 | Results


In the Moto3 race of the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France in Le Mans, it was Frenchman Louis Rossi who kept his nerve to take his first ever win in treacherous conditions in front of his home crowd.

In a race that started in extremely wet conditions, it was Blusens Avintia’s Maverick Viñales who got away best, with AirAsia-SIC-Ajo’s Zulfahmi Khairuddin also making a tremendous start from 10th into second. JHK T-Shirt Laglisse’s Efrén Vázquez, who was second on the grid, suffered mechanical issues on the out-lap and was unable to start the race.

There were crashes early on as RW Racing GP’s Brad Binder took out TT Motion Events Racing’s Niklas Ajo, which was followed up shortly after with IodaRacing Project’s Jonas Folger and local rider, Caretta Technology’s Alexis Masbou, sliding off into the gravel.

Back at the front it was Bankia Aspar Team’s Héctor Faubel and RW Racing GP’s Luis Salom that went into the lead, as Viñales dropped off the pace slightly. However the conditions continued to take their toll, as Team Italia FMI’s Romano Fenati suffered a similar fate to last race as he also lost control of his bike, putting an end to his first French race. Technomag-CIP-TSR’s Kenta Fujii repeated his morning warm-up crash, rounding out a less than ideal day for the Japanese rider.

With 18 laps to go, a five-some of Faubel, Salom, Redox-Ongetta-Centro Seta’s Jakub Kornfeil, Estrella Galicia 0,0’s Miguel Oliveira and Viñales were involved in an entertaining battle for podium positions. In the following laps, further casualties of the weather were Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Danny Kent, Mahindra Racing’s Danny Webb, Ambrogio Next Racing’s Simone Grotzkyj and Caretta Technology’s Jack Miller, while Fenati’s teammate Alessandro Tonucci had to retire to the pits with a mechanical problem.

With 11 laps to go there was drama at the front as Faubel crashed out of first position, with Kornfeil crashing out of third a few seconds later, handing the first three places to Oliveira, Viñales and Rossi. Half a lap later, Salom followed suit as he slid off into the gravel in ever worsening conditions.

As a thrilling fight for fourth ensued between Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Sandro Cortese and Khairuddin, there was further turmoil at the front, as the surging Oliveira crashed out of the lead, handing the reigns to Viñales, who was being hunted down by Rossi.

This lasted for a lap only, as Viñales threw himself of his bike in the final corner, followed shortly by Khairuddin. The Malaysian managed to keep his bike going, while the race was over for the Spaniard. This left Frenchman Rossi in the lead by over 20 seconds, much to the delight of the home crowd, with Cortese and Bankia Aspar’s Alberto Moncayo in podium positions. Three laps before the end Cortese lost the front going into the first chicane, yet managed to keep the bike going to re-join in sixth, with Oliveira’s teammate Alex Rins slipping into third with San Carlo Gresini Moto3’s Niccolo Antonelli on his tail.

In the end it was Rossi who made the Le Mans grandstands cheer with delight as he took his first ever victory by a margin of 28 seconds in front of Moncayo and Rins. Antonelli could not quite challenge for the podium finishing fourth, in front of Red Bull KTM Ajo duo of Arthur Sissis and Cortese and Moto FGR’s Jasper Iwema.

2012 Le Mans Moto3 Results:

1.2596Louis ROSSIFRARacing Team GermanyFTR Honda122.549’12.390
2.2023Alberto MONCAYOSPABankia Aspar TeamKalex KTM121.3+27.348
3.1642Alex RINSSPAEstrella Galicia 0,0Suter Honda121.3+28.899
4.1327Niccolò ANTONELLIITASan Carlo Gresini Moto3FTR Honda121.1+33.195
5.1161Arthur SISSISAUSRed Bull KTM AjoKTM121.0+36.989
6.1011Sandro CORTESEGERRed Bull KTM AjoKTM120.6+45.312
7.953Jasper IWEMANEDMoto FGRFGR Honda120.1+58.645
8.889Alan TECHERFRATechnomag-CIP-TSRTSR Honda119.8+1’05.022
9.721Ivan MORENOSPAAndalucia JHK LaglisseFTR Honda119.7+1’09.194
10.630Giulian PEDONESWIAmbrogio Next RacingSuter Honda118.2+1’45.751
11.594Jonas FOLGERGERIodaRacing ProjectIoda116.01 Lap
12.477Marcel SCHROTTERGERMahindra RacingMahindra115.11 Lap
13.386Kevin HANUSGERThomas Sabo GP TeamHonda114.01 Lap
14.219Alessandro TONUCCIITATeam Italia FMIFTR Honda109.62 Laps
15.131Niklas AJOFINTT Motion Events RacingKTM100.64 Laps
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63Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDINMALAirAsia-Sic-AjoKTM121.47 Laps
25Maverick VIÑALESSPABlusens AvintiaFTR Honda122.88 Laps
44Miguel OLIVEIRAPOREstrella Galicia 0,0Suter Honda122.89 Laps
39Luis SALOMSPARW Racing GPKalex KTM122.311 Laps
55Hector FAUBELSPABankia Aspar TeamKalex KTM122.612 Laps
84Jakub KORNFEILCZERedox-Ongetta-Centro SetaFTR Honda122.612 Laps
32Isaac VIÑALESSPAOngetta-Centro SetaFTR Honda119.112 Laps
26Adrian MARTINSPAJHK T-Shirt LaglisseFTR Honda119.716 Laps
8Jack MILLERAUSCaretta TechnologyHonda107.416 Laps
15Simone GROTZKYJITAAmbrogio Next RacingSuter Honda120.217 Laps
99Danny WEBBGBRMahindra RacingMahindra101.917 Laps
52Danny KENTGBRRed Bull KTM AjoKTM119.419 Laps
5Romano FENATIITATeam Italia FMIFTR Honda113.622 Laps
10Alexis MASBOUFRACaretta TechnologyHonda113.323 Laps
51Kenta FUJIIJPNTechnomag-CIP-TSRTSR Honda108.823 Laps
Not Starting
41Brad BINDERRSARW Racing GPKalex KTM0 Lap
3Luigi MORCIANOITAIoda Team ItaliaIoda0 Lap
7Efren VAZQUEZSPAJHK T-Shirt LaglisseFTR Honda0 Lap

2012 Moto3 Championship Point Standings (After four of 18 rounds):

2.Maverick VIÑALESFTR HondaSPA55
3.Luis SALOMKalex KTMSPA49
4.Romano FENATIFTR HondaITA45
5.Alex RINSSuter HondaSPA44
6.Alberto MONCAYOKalex KTMSPA33
7.Louis ROSSIFTR HondaFRA32
11.Alexis MASBOUHondaFRA18
13.Alan TECHERTSR HondaFRA15
14.Hector FAUBELKalex KTMSPA15
15.Efren VAZQUEZFTR HondaSPA11
16.Miguel OLIVEIRASuter HondaPOR11
17.Ivan MORENOFTR HondaSPA10
18.Jasper IWEMAFGR HondaNED9
19.Giulian PEDONESuter HondaSWI7
21.Alessandro TONUCCIFTR HondaITA7
22.Jonas FOLGERIodaGER5
24.Alex MARQUEZSuter HondaSPA5
25.Marcel SCHROTTERMahindraGER4
26.Niklas AJOKTMFIN4
27.Kevin HANUSHondaGER3