2012 Phillip Island Moto3 | Results

2012-phillip-island-moto3-results2012 AirAsia Australian Grand Prix Moto3 Results

Spoiler Alert: 2012 Phillip Island Moto3 Results listed below

In a thrilling Moto3 race at the AirAsia Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island, Red Bull KTM Ajo’s World Champion Sandro Cortese took a strong victory ahead of Miguel Oliveira and local rider Arthur Sissis.

AirAsia-SIC-Ajo’s Zulfahmi Khairuddin got a lighting start as he led the early stages, followed by RW Racing GP’s Luis Salom, who had made his way up from ninth.

Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3’s Jonas Folger and Racing Team Germany’s Louis Rossi were in tow, as Cortese was stalking them from behind. Mahindra Racing’s weekend took a turn for the worse as Ricardo Moretti had to retire after just a few laps.

In a dramatic twist, Folger, Salom, Rossi, Andalucia JHK t-shirt Laglisse’s Alberto Moncayo and Caretta Technology’s Jack Miller were given ride-through penalties for jump-starts. Rossi, before even seeing the board, made an error in the leading pack as he went onto the grass, but managed to stay upright.

TT Motion Events Racing’s Niklas Ajo saved a near crash with 16 laps remaining, whilst Cortese had taken over the lead after much of the leading pack had completed their penalties.  Also making use of this was Estrella Galicia 0,0’s Miguel Oliveira in second, whilst Blusens Avintia’s Maverick Viñales was tussling with Cortese’s teammate Arthur Sissis for fourth.

13 laps before the end and Ajo was not so lucky again as he dropped his bike in the gravel. Meanwhile, Team Italia FMI duo of Romano Fenati and Alessandro Tonucci, Oliveira’s teammate Alex Rins, JHK t-shirt Laglisse’s Efrén Vázquez and Red Bull’s Danny Kent had joined the group chasing the final podium spot. Folger’s teammate Luca Amato retired from the race at the halfway point. With eight laps remaining it was drama for Viñales as he crashed his bike, putting an end to his charge.

Two laps later and Oliveira made his move on Cortese to take the lead for the first time. On the same lap, Racing Team Germany’s Toni Finsterbusch suffered a mechanical issue and retired from the race. Khairuddin then suffered a similar fate, as Cortese re-took the lead. The last two laps proved a thrilling affair in the fight for the final podium spot between Rins, Sissis, Kent, Fenati and Vázquez, with the riders going fairing-to-fairing at times.

In the end it was Cortese who crossed the line first ahead of podium sitters Oliveira and Sissis, with the Australian particularly pleased to get his first GP podium in front of his home crowd. With the country’s MotoGP star Casey Stoner retiring at the end of this year, the crowd will be happy to see that a possible replacement is coming up through the ranks. Fourth place went to Rins, followed by Kent, Fenati, Tonucci, Vázquez, Ambrogio Next Racing’s Alex Márquez and Ongetta-Centro Seta’s Isaac Viñales. Rins now leads the Rookie standings from Fenati by 5 points.

2012 Phillip Island Moto3 Results:

1.2511Sandro CORTESEGERRed Bull KTM AjoKTM160.138’20.014
2.2044Miguel OLIVEIRAPOREstrella Galicia 0,0Suter Honda160.0+2.108
3.1661Arthur SISSISAUSRed Bull KTM AjoKTM159.8+5.031
4.1342Alex RINSSPAEstrella Galicia 0,0Suter Honda159.8+5.084
5.1152Danny KENTGBRRed Bull KTM AjoKTM159.8+5.107
6.105Romano FENATIITATeam Italia FMIFTR Honda159.8+5.109
7.919Alessandro TONUCCIITATeam Italia FMIFTR Honda159.8+5.374
8.87Efren VAZQUEZSPAJHK t-shirt LaglisseFTR Honda159.7+5.894
9.712Alex MARQUEZSPAAmbrogio Next RacingSuter Honda158.0+30.783
10.632Isaac VIÑALESSPAOngetta-Centro SetaFTR Honda158.0+30.911
11.594Jonas FOLGERGERMapfre Aspar Team Moto3Kalex KTM157.9+32.803
12.426Adrian MARTINSPAJHK t-shirt LaglisseFTR Honda157.8+33.302
13.384Jakub KORNFEILCZERedox-Ongetta-Centro SetaFTR Honda157.8+33.479
14.241Brad BINDERRSARW Racing GPKalex KTM157.8+34.102
15.139Luis SALOMSPARW Racing GPKalex KTM157.1+43.749
16.89Alan TECHERFRATechnomag-CIP-TSRTSR Honda157.1+43.827
17.23Alberto MONCAYOSPAAndalucia JHK t-shirt LaglisseFTR Honda156.8+49.394
18.80Armando PONTONEITAIoda Team ItaliaIoda155.6+1’06.551
19.17John McPHEEGBRCaretta TechnologyKRP Honda155.6+1’06.588
20.96Louis ROSSIFRARacing Team GermanyFTR Honda155.5+1’08.801
21.8Jack MILLERAUSCaretta TechnologyHonda155.5+1’08.908
22.51Kenta FUJIIJPNTechnomag-CIP-TSRTSR Honda155.4+1’10.030
23.30Giulian PEDONESWIAmbrogio Next RacingSuter Honda155.4+1’10.411
24.75Lincoln GILDINGAUSK1 RacingHonda153.9+1’33.510
25.36Sam CLARKEAUSFastline GP RacingHonda147.71 Lap
Not Classified
63Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDINMALAirAsia-Sic-AjoKTM158.84 Laps
9Toni FINSTERBUSCHGERRacing Team GermanyHonda154.37 Laps
25Maverick VIÑALESSPABlusens AvintiaFTR Honda159.99 Laps
31Niklas AJOFINTT Motion Events RacingKTM156.012 Laps
29Luca AMATOGERMapfre Aspar Team Moto3Kalex KTM156.815 Laps
20Riccardo MORETTIITAMahindra RacingMahindra142.222 Laps

2012 Moto3 Championship Point Standings:

2.Luis SALOMKalex KTMSPA208
3.Maverick VIÑALESFTR HondaSPA199
4.Alex RINSSuter HondaSPA141
5.Romano FENATIFTR HondaITA136
7.Miguel OLIVEIRASuter HondaPOR114
9.Jonas FOLGERKalex KTMGER93
10.Efren VAZQUEZFTR HondaSPA93
12.Alexis MASBOUHondaFRA81
13.Louis ROSSIFTR HondaFRA76
14.Niccolò ANTONELLIFTR HondaITA74
16.Alberto MONCAYOFTR HondaSPA52
17.Hector FAUBELKalex KTMSPA52
18.Alessandro TONUCCIFTR HondaITA43
19.Niklas AJOKTMFIN33
20.Alex MARQUEZSuter HondaSPA27
21.Alan TECHERTSR HondaFRA21
22.Jack MILLERHondaAUS17
23.Adrian MARTINFTR HondaSPA16
24.Brad BINDERKalex KTMRSA11
25.Ivan MORENOFTR HondaSPA10
26.Jasper IWEMAFGR HondaNED9
29.Giulian PEDONESuter HondaSWI7
31.Marcel SCHROTTERMahindraGER4
32.Kevin HANUSHondaGER3
33.Kevin CALIAHondaITA2
34.John McPHEEKRP HondaGBR1
35.Michael Ruben RINALDIHondaITA1
36.Simone GROTZKYJSuter HondaITA1