2012 Jerez Moto3 Race Result: Phenomenal Triumph in Crash-Filled Race

Results and summary of the Moto3 race at Jerez:

Romano Fenati has taken an utterly dominant victory under treacherous conditions to take charge of the Moto3 championship. The Italian kept his head while all around him lost theirs, going on to win by over 36 seconds.

The opening stages of the race were utterly chaotic, the conditions - a mostly dry track with several very wet spots - catching a mass of riders out, with just 17 of the 34 starters making to the end. Once the mess cleared, Fenati found himself in the lead with Alex Rins and Louis Rossi. It became a war of attrition, with riders still dropping like flies.

First to go was Louis Rossi, the Frenchman distraught at losing his best ever chance of a podium. That left Rins and Fenati to battle it out, and while at first it looked like Rins had the measure of the Italian, a mistake - pushing too hard and running wide, off through the gravel and across the grass - saw him hand the lead to Fenati. Such was the lead that the pair had at that stage - over 18 seconds - that he rejoined right in the middle of the battle for the rest of the podium, with Alexis Masbou, Luis Salom and Sandro Cortese.

All Fenati had to do was keep his head cool, and despite lapping a second and a half faster than anyone else on track, that was exactly what he did to take victory. After a thrilling battle over the final podium spots, Luis Salom eventually grabbed 2nd, finishing ahead of Sandro Cortese, with Alex Rins still managing a creditable 3rd. After a miserable start and a couple of big mistakes, in which the Spaniard found himself way down in 28th, Maverick Vinales climbed his way to 6th. But Fenati now has a comfortable lead in the Moto3 championship, holding a 10 point advantage over Vinales.

Results:

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Time Diff
1 lap 5 Romano FENATI FTR HONDA 43'50.885  
2 39 Luis SALOM KALEX KTM 44'27.024 36.139
3 11 Sandro CORTESE KTM 44'27.780 36.895
4 42 Alex RINS SUTER HONDA 44'27.946 37.061
5 10 Alexis MASBOU HONDA 44'39.921 49.036
6 25 Maverick VIÑALES FTR HONDA 44'46.742 55.857
7 23 Alberto MONCAYO KALEX KTM 44'48.390 57.505
8 27 Niccolo ANTONELLI FTR HONDA 44'54.568 1'03.683
9 55 Hector FAUBEL KALEX KTM 45'06.236 1'15.351
10 63 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN KTM 45'26.535 1'35.650
11 19 Alessandro TONUCCI FTR HONDA 43'55.642 1 lap
12 12 Alex MARQUEZ SUTER HONDA 43'57.315 1 lap
13 21 Ivan MORENO FTR HONDA 44'04.458 1 lap
14 89 Alan TECHER TSR HONDA 44'33.818 1 lap
15 30 Giulian PEDONE ORAL 44'34.172 1 lap
16 77 Marcel SCHROTTER MAHINDRA 45'12.115 1 lap
17 53 Jasper IWEMA FGR HONDA 45'18.768 1 lap
Not Classified
  26 Adrian MARTIN FTR HONDA 29'25.887 8 laps
  51 Kenta FUJII TSR HONDA 29'27.696 8 laps
  99 Danny WEBB MAHINDRA 27'33.125 9 laps
  96 Louis ROSSI FTR HONDA 17'25.459 14 laps
  32 Isaac VIÑALES FTR HONDA 11'51.281 17 laps
  28 Josep RODRIGUEZ FTR HONDA 8'28.539 19 laps
  44 Miguel OLIVEIRA SUTER HONDA 5'54.904 20 laps
  61 Arthur SISSIS KTM 5'59.229 20 laps
  84 Jakub KORNFEIL FTR HONDA 3'59.616 21 laps
  41 Brad BINDER KALEX KTM 4'06.207 21 laps
  7 Efren VAZQUEZ FTR HONDA 4'07.279 21 laps
  31 Niklas KTM 4'09.495 21 laps
  9 Toni FINSTERBUSCH MZ FTR 4'12.126 21 laps
  3 Luigi MORCIANO IODA 4'14.082 21 laps
Not finished first lap
  8 Jack MILLER HONDA      
  52 Danny KENT KTM      
  15 Simone GROTZKYJ ORAL      
Race Details
2012
Results and summary of the Moto3 race at Jerez:

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