2012 Qatar Moto3 Race Result: Thrilling Duel Goes Down To Final Laps

Results and summary of the inaugural Moto3 race at Qatar:

Maverick Vinales has confirmed his preseason form by winning the first ever Moto3 race, held at Qatar. The Spaniard fended off a race-long challenge from Italian Romano Fenati, before breaking away with four laps to go. Sandro Cortese won an epic battle over the final spot on the podium, at the head of a group of 7 men.

Fenati got the holeshot, and quickly made a break for the front, with Maverick Vinales joining him after ridding himself of Sandro Cortese and Arthur Sissis. The two leaders set a scorching pace, pulling a large gap from the chasing pack. Once Vinales caught Fenati, he slid ahead of him at the end of Qatar's long straight, Fenati immediately latching on to the Spaniard. 

Fenati would not settle for 2nd easily. The Italian tried to get past Vinales at the end of the straight on every lap, eventually succeeding just after the halfway mark. Vinales slotted in behind Fenati, and four laps later, did unto Fenati what Fenati had done unto him, the difference being that once he got past the Team Italia FMI rider, Vinales put the hammer down and pulled away. The Blusens Avintia rider brought it home unchallenged, to take victory ahead of Fenati, making it a 1-2 for FTR Honda.

The final podium slot would not be settled so easily. Luis Salom, Sandro Cortese and Miguel Oliveira fought amongst themselves in the early laps, but were joined in the latter stages by Zulfahmi Khairuddin, Arthur Sissis, Danny Kent and Louis Rossi. It came down to bravery on the last lap, and though Salom started the final lap in charge, a brave pass round the rear section saw Cortese take 3rd, demoting Salom to 4th.


Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Time Diff
1 25 Maverick VIÑALES FTR HONDA 38'40.995  
2 5 Romano FENATI FTR HONDA 38'45.296 4.301
3 11 Sandro CORTESE KTM Ajo KTM 38'59.008 18.013
4 39 Luis SALOM KALEX KTM 38'59.195 18.200
5 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA SUTER HONDA 38'59.740 18.745
6 63 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN KTM 39'00.047 19.052
7 61 Arthur SISSIS KTM Ajo KTM 39'00.461 19.466
8 52 Danny KENT KTM Ajo KTM 39'02.093 21.098
9 96 Louis ROSSI FTR HONDA 39'02.148 21.153
10 42 Alex RINS SUTER HONDA 39'09.728 28.733
11 89 Alan TECHER TSR HONDA 39'10.770 29.775
12 55 Hector FAUBEL KALEX KTM 39'10.808 29.813
13 31 Niklas KTM 39'16.935 35.940
14 23 Alberto MONCAYO KALEX KTM 39'16.978 35.983
15 84 Jakub KORNFEIL FTR HONDA 39'19.636 38.641
16 7 Efren VAZQUEZ HONDA 39'21.214 40.219
17 27 Niccolo ANTONELLI HONDA 39'31.624 50.629
18 99 Danny WEBB MAHINDRA 39'35.746 54.751
19 21 Ivan MORENO FTR HONDA 39'35.984 54.989
20 26 Adrian MARTIN HONDA 39'46.178 1'05.183
21 51 Kenta FUJII TSR HONDA 40'02.234 1'21.239
22 15 Simone GROTZKYJ ORAL 40'16.786 1'35.791
23 9 Toni FINSTERBUSCH MZ-RE HONDA 40'22.286 1'41.291
24 53 Jasper IWEMA FGR HONDA 40'35.288 1'54.293
25 8 Jack MILLER HONDA 39'13.062 1 lap
Not Classified
  94 Jonas FOLGER IODA 24'44.284 7 laps
  3 Luigi MORCIANO IODA 15'48.877 11 laps
  41 Brad BINDER KALEX KTM 13'09.024 12 laps
  77 Marcel SCHROTTER MAHINDRA 11'04.751 13 laps
  10 Alexis MASBOU HONDA    
  19 Alessandro TONUCCI FTR HONDA    
  32 Isaac VIÑALES FTR HONDA    


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7th in his first ever world championship event, definitely one to watch.

Congratulations to Vinales!

I love the sound of these bikes - just a great, vibey drone. The "WWII bomber" description is perfect.