2013 Sepang Moto3 Race Result: Breathless Opening Spectacle In Malaysia

Full report and results below:

Luis Salom has taken a decisive victory in a fantastically entertaining Moto3 Grand Prix at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia. In a race that saw the leading group made up of twelve riders in the early stages, the tone was set from the off with a series of ferocious passing maneuvers and breathtaking slip streaming. At the halfway point of the race the front group split in half and Salom was able to end up ahead of the leading group of six riders. The Spaniard came out on top of a nail biting last corner exchange with his main championship rival Alex Rins who had to settle for second position. 

After an awful start Portuguese rider Miguel Oliveira managed to snare the final podium place aboard his Mahindra, it was the first ever podium for the Indian manufacturer, it was also the first time this year that a rider not aboard a KTM has stood on the rostrum. Alex Marquez, Maverick Vinales and a spirited Jack Miller completed the top six. Miller was placed as high as fourth during the last lap, but had no chance on the drag to the line and lost out to the KTM power of Marquez and Vinales. 

Alexis Masbou and Jonas Folger finished in seventh and eighth places respectively and were apart of the lead group in the initial running but were unable to handle the escalation of pace in the closing stages. Romano Fenati and Philipp Oettl rounded out the top ten placings. It was a race high in incident both on and off the track with no fewer than eight riders crashing out, thankfully no one was seriously injured.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Diff
1 39 Luis SALOM KTM 40'42.441
2 42 Alex RINS KTM 0.069
3 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA Mahindra 0.408
4 12 Alex MARQUEZ KTM 0.782
5 25 Maverick VIÑALES KTM 1.055
6 8 Jack MILLER FTR Honda 1.077
7 10 Alexis MASBOU FTR Honda 5.016
8 94 Jonas FOLGER Kalex KTM 6.277
9 5 Romano FENATI FTR Honda 6.952
10 65 Philipp OETTL Kalex KTM 10.962
11 41 Brad BINDER Mahindra 11.096
12 31 Niklas AJO KTM 21.012
13 84 Jakub KORNFEIL Kalex KTM 29.443
14 32 Isaac VIÑALES FTR Honda 31.541
15 22 Ana CARRASCO KTM 31.579
16 4 Francesco BAGNAIA FTR Honda 31.695
17 17 John MCPHEE FTR Honda 32.058
18 11 Livio LOI Kalex KTM 32.469
19 61 Arthur SISSIS KTM 34.809
20 21 Luca AMATO Mahindra 35.240
21 58 Juanfran GUEVARA TSR Honda 35.572
22 29 Hyuga WATANABE FTR Honda 37.079
23 77 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI FTR Honda 41.482
24 57 Eric GRANADO Kalex KTM +1'01.040
Not Classified      
  23 Niccolò ANTONELLI FTR Honda 11 Laps
  3 Matteo FERRARI FTR Honda 11 Laps
  7 Efren VAZQUEZ Mahindra 11 Laps
  9 Toni FINSTERBUSCH Kalex KTM 13 Laps
  79 Aizat MALIK KTM 15 Laps
  80 Hafiq AZMI KTM 17 Laps
  89 Alan TECHER TSR Honda 0 Lap
  53 Jasper IWEMA Kalex KTM 0 Lap

 

Round Number: 
15
2013
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Comments

Congratulations to her. It is a very tough class as Herrera also found out last time around in Aragon. Maybe I'm terribly wrong here, but is this the first point a woman ever scores in moto3/125cc? Could it even be the first point across all classes?

The best in the 'modern' era (for argument's sake, the last 30 years) I know of is Tomoko Igata's 7th place in the 125cc race in Brno in 1995.

EDIT: Sorry, this is in reply to the Carrasco points comment.