2012 Indianapolis Moto3 Race Result: Last Lap Drama Settled In Penultimate Corner

Results and summary of the Moto3 race at Indianapolis:

Luis Salom has taken his first ever victory in Moto3, cleverly taking advantage of the title battle between Maverick Vinales and Sandro Cortese to take the lead in the final few corners. With Cortese taking 2nd and Vinales crashing out in the excitement, Cortese solidifies his lead at the top of the championship.

Salom, Vinales and Cortese were part of a group of nine riders who made an early break at the start of the race. Zulfahmi Khairuddin led the dance, with Alex Rins, Miguel Oliveira, Efren Vazquez, Jonas Folger and Romano Fenati joining Salom, Vinales and Cortese in the chase. As the race approached the halfway mark, Maverick Vinales decided it was time to pull the pin, slotting past Khairuddin to take the lead at the start of lap 10. This was the signal to Cortese that he had to react, and as Vinales pushed away at the front, Cortese barged his way forward to take 2nd, and then get on to the back wheel of Vinales. Luis Salom soon followed suit, his task made a little easier by Efren Vazquez crashing out just ahead of him, and the RW Racing GP rider was soon past Khairuddin and with both Vinales and Cortese.

The three men then set about sizing each other up. Vinales led, while Cortese looked for the best place to attack the Spaniard, while Salom bided his time waiting for a mistake to be made. As the trio headed down the back straight and into Turn 10, Salom's tactics paid off. The RW Racing man got ready to dive underneath Cortese just as Cortese was looking to get past Vinales, and as the two title candidates got in each other's way, Salom took advantage and grabbed the lead. The battle intensified over championship points behind Salom, with Vinales desperately trying to claw back 2nd from Cortese. His attack took him a fraction too wide at Turn 15, and onto the dirty section of the track, where he lost the front and crashed out of the race. Salom went on to win, while Cortese concentrated on taking points and extending his championship advantage. Behind Cortese, Jonas Folger took an outstanding 3rd place finish on his debut race with the Mapfre Aspar team, having left the IODA Racing team after Mugello.

Cortese's 2nd place finish and Vinales' crash now gives the German a comfortable 29 point lead in the championship. There are still a lot of races to go, but Cortese's consistency is paying off.


Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Time Diff
1 39 Luis SALOM KALEX KTM 42'14.300  
2 11 Sandro CORTESE KTM 42'14.356 0.056
3 94 Jonas FOLGER KALEX KTM 42'17.240 2.940
4 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA SUTER HONDA 42'17.367 3.067
5 5 Romano FENATI FTR HONDA 42'17.964 3.664
6 63 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN KTM 42'21.963 7.663
7 42 Alex RINS SUTER HONDA 42'21.997 7.697
8 84 Jakub KORNFEIL FTR HONDA 42'25.503 11.203
9 23 Alberto MONCAYO FTR HONDA 42'25.542 11.242
10 10 Alexis MASBOU HONDA 42'27.463 13.163
11 61 Arthur SISSIS KTM 42'37.662 23.362
12 52 Danny KENT KTM 42'38.664 24.364
13 96 Louis ROSSI FTR HONDA 42'39.301 25.001
14 32 Isaac VIÑALES FTR HONDA 42'45.511 31.211
15 19 Alessandro TONUCCI FTR HONDA 42'48.479 34.179
16 9 Toni FINSTERBUSCH HONDA 43'27.245 1'12.945
17 30 Giulian PEDONE SUTER HONDA 43'28.728 1'14.428
18 51 Kenta FUJII TSR HONDA 43'29.009 1'14.709
19 80 Armando PONTONE IODA 43'29.626 1'15.326
20 20 Riccardo MORETTI MAHINDRA 42'25.646 1 lap
Not Classified
  25 Maverick VIÑALES FTR HONDA 40'23.122 1 lap
  89 Alan TECHER TSR HONDA 27'48.759 8 laps
  7 Efren VAZQUEZ FTR HONDA 20'16.759 12 laps
  3 Luigi MORCIANO IODA 18'53.566 13 laps
  12 Alex MARQUEZ SUTER HONDA 11'09.011 17 laps
  41 Brad BINDER KALEX KTM 5'43.330 20 laps
  26 Adrian MARTIN FTR HONDA    
  53 Jasper IWEMA FGR HONDA    
  27 Niccolò ANTONELLI FTR HONDA    
  31 Niklas AJO KTM    


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Why was Niklas Ajo excluded from the race? His press releases can't be trusted - earlier this season he got physical with a marshal and it wasn't mentioned either. I'm counting on you :)

This time he got pretty physical with Adrian Martin who took him out in the second corner. In the gravel he actually banged on his helmet a couple of times, if I recall correctly, and shoved him around a bit. If him pushing a marshal led to a suspension for one race, this should probably earn him another one. Or two.

Ajo shoved Martin's helmet straight back with both hands. a full two-handed shove on the front of the helmet. it's shown at 25:10 in the full race coverage on motogp.com.

...says "emotions ran high" and "there was pushing" with Adrian Martin. Well, must be embarrassing for the whole team. He's not allowed to race in Brno.