2012 Indy Moto3 | Results

2012 Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix

In a Moto3 race with drama until the end at the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix it was RW Racing GP’s Luis Salom who stormed to his first-ever victory ahead of Sandro Cortese and Jonas Folger, as Maverick Viñales crashed out in the final turn.

Red Bull KTM-Ajo’s Danny Kent, RW Racing GP’s Luis Salom and Kent’s teammate Sandro Cortese got off to the best start, leading the pack in the early bends. There was however a big crash early on as JHK Laglisse’s Adrian Martín took out TT Motion Events Racing’s Niklas Ajo, whilst Moto FGR’s Jasper Iwema was collected by San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Niccolò Antonelli. Ajo, who got back on track was black-flagged shortly after for “unsporting behaviour” after confronting Martín after the crash.

With 17 laps to go, Estrella Galicia 0,0’s Alex Rins and Blusens Avintia’s Maverick Viñales were swapping positions in second place, as AirAsia-SIC-Ajo’s Zulfahmi Malaysian Khairuddin tried to pull out a gap at the front. Whilst the scrap at the front was going on, Ambrogio Next Racing’s Alex Márquez crashed out of his first ever Moto3 race.

JHK’s Efrén Vázquez, who was in the pursuing group behind the top three, slid off track with 12 laps to go, ending a frustrating weekend for the Spaniard. Salom’s teammate Brad Binder had retired with an engine problem, and with only seven laps remaining Technomag-CIP-TSR’s Alan Techer lost the front of his bike, putting an end to his race.

The last lap was a nail bighting affair with Cortese, Viñales and Salom swapping positions fiercely with fairings touching throughout. Yet it was Salom who judged it perfectly to take his first ever Grand Prix victory ahead of Cortese, while Viñales provided last minute drama by falling in the final turn, unable to get his bike re-started.

Folger benefited from this to take his first win of the season on his first race with the Aspar team. This now gives Cortese a 29-point lead at the top of the championship. Rins’ teammate Oliveira was the first non-podium finisher in fourth, in front of Team Italia FMI’s Romano Fenati, Khairuddin, Rins, Redox-Ongetta-Centro Seta’s Jakub Kornfeil, Andalucia JHK Laglisse’s Alberto Moncayo and Caretta Technology’s Alexis Masbou.

Folger’s teammate Hector Faubel was absent from the race due to injuries sustained in a crash yesterday, as was Caretta Technology’s Jack Miller, after breaking his left collarbone for the second time this season yesterday. Mahindra Racing’s Danny Webb was another withdrawal, having fractured his right wrist in qualifying.

2012 Indy Moto3 Results:

os. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time/Gap
1. 25 39 Luis SALOM SPA RW Racing GP Kalex KTM 137.7 42’14.300
2. 20 11 Sandro CORTESE GER Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 137.7 +0.056
3. 16 94 Jonas FOLGER GER Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 Kalex KTM 137.6 +2.940
4. 13 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA POR Estrella Galicia 0,0 Suter Honda 137.6 +3.067
5. 11 5 Romano FENATI ITA Team Italia FMI FTR Honda 137.5 +3.664
6. 10 63 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN MAL AirAsia-Sic-Ajo KTM 137.3 +7.663
7. 9 42 Alex RINS SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Suter Honda 137.3 +7.697
8. 8 84 Jakub KORNFEIL CZE Redox-Ongetta-Centro Seta FTR Honda 137.1 +11.203
9. 7 23 Alberto MONCAYO SPA Andalucia JHK Laglisse FTR Honda 137.1 +11.242
10. 6 10 Alexis MASBOU FRA Caretta Technology Honda 137.0 +13.163
11. 5 61 Arthur SISSIS AUS Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 136.5 +23.362
12. 4 52 Danny KENT GBR Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 136.4 +24.364
13. 3 96 Louis ROSSI FRA Racing Team Germany FTR Honda 136.4 +25.001
14. 2 32 Isaac VIÑALES SPA Ongetta-Centro Seta FTR Honda 136.1 +31.211
15. 1 19 Alessandro TONUCCI ITA Team Italia FMI FTR Honda 135.9 +34.179
16. 9 Toni FINSTERBUSCH GER MZ Racing Honda 133.9 +1’12.945
17. 30 Giulian PEDONE SWI Ambrogio Next Racing Suter Honda 133.8 +1’14.428
18. 51 Kenta FUJII JPN Technomag-CIP-TSR TSR Honda 133.8 +1’14.709
19. 80 Armando PONTONE ITA IodaRacing Project Ioda 133.8 +1’15.326
20. 20 Riccardo MORETTI ITA Mahindra Racing Mahindra 131.2 1 Lap
Not Classified
25 Maverick VIÑALES SPA Blusens Avintia FTR Honda 137.8 1 Lap
89 Alan TECHER FRA Technomag-CIP-TSR TSR Honda 136.4 8 Laps
7 Efren VAZQUEZ SPA JHK t-shirt Laglisse FTR Honda 137.2 12 Laps
3 Luigi MORCIANO ITA Ioda Team Italia Ioda 133.9 13 Laps
12 Alex MARQUEZ SPA Ambrogio Next Racing Suter Honda 136.1 17 Laps
41 Brad BINDER RSA RW Racing GP Kalex KTM 132.6 20 Laps
26 Adrian MARTIN SPA JHK t-shirt Laglisse FTR Honda 0 Lap
53 Jasper IWEMA NED Moto FGR FGR Honda 0 Lap
27 Niccolò ANTONELLI ITA San Carlo Gresini Moto3 FTR Honda 0 Lap
31 Niklas AJO FIN TT Motion Events Racing KTM 0 Lap

2012 Moto3 Point Standings:

Pos. Rider Bike Nation Points
1. Sandro CORTESE KTM GER 184
2. Maverick VIÑALES FTR Honda SPA 155
3. Luis SALOM Kalex KTM SPA 129
4. Romano FENATI FTR Honda ITA 96
5. Alexis MASBOU Honda FRA 81
7. Alex RINS Suter Honda SPA 72
8. Louis ROSSI FTR Honda FRA 59
9. Danny KENT KTM GBR 57
10. Niccolò ANTONELLI FTR Honda ITA 55
11. Miguel OLIVEIRA Suter Honda POR 52
12. Efren VAZQUEZ FTR Honda SPA 50
13. Hector FAUBEL Kalex KTM SPA 44
14. Alberto MONCAYO FTR Honda SPA 43
15. Arthur SISSIS KTM AUS 43
16. Jakub KORNFEIL FTR Honda CZE 42
17. Jonas FOLGER Kalex KTM GER 21
18. Alan TECHER TSR Honda FRA 21
19. Niklas AJO KTM FIN 21
20. Alex MARQUEZ Suter Honda SPA 15
21. Jack MILLER Honda AUS 14
22. Ivan MORENO FTR Honda SPA 10
23. Jasper IWEMA FGR Honda NED 9
24. Luca GRUENWALD Honda GER 8
25. Alessandro TONUCCI FTR Honda ITA 8
26. Giulian PEDONE Suter Honda SWI 7
28. Brad BINDER Kalex KTM RSA 5
29. Marcel SCHROTTER Mahindra GER 4
30. Adrian MARTIN FTR Honda SPA 3
31. Kevin HANUS Honda GER 3
32. Isaac VIÑALES FTR Honda SPA 2
33. Kevin CALIA Honda ITA 2
34. Michael Ruben RINALDI Honda ITA 1
35. Simone GROTZKYJ Suter Honda ITA 1


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