2012 Estoril Moto3 Race Result: Race-Long Duel Settled In Last-Lap Battle

Moto3 race result and summary from Estoril:

Sandro Cortese has won the Moto3 race at Estoril, beating Maverick Vinales in a thrilling last-lap decider to take victory at the line. Cortese and Vinales fought a race-long duel, the two staying close until the last lap, when the contest exploded. The pair passed each other several times on the last lap, including some physical and controversial passes by both sides. They then ran into backmarkers in the final corner, but with Cortese leading, the backmarkers made little difference to the outcome. Cortese just made it to the line ahead of Vinales, with Luis Salom crossing the line 11 seconds later to take 3rd.

The victory at Estoril gives Cortese the lead in the championship, 2 points ahead of Vinales. Salom moves up into 3rd, while Romano Fenati, who crashed out on lap 15, drops to 4th.

Results:

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Time Diff
1 11 Sandro CORTESE KTM 41'34.536  
2 25 Maverick VIÑALES FTR HONDA 41'34.591 0.055
3 39 Luis SALOM KALEX KTM 41'45.574 11.038
4 63 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN KTM 41'46.731 12.195
5 7 Efren VAZQUEZ FTR HONDA 41'55.470 20.934
6 27 Niccolò ANTONELLI FTR HONDA 41'55.512 20.976
7 42 Alex RINS SUTER HONDA 41'56.328 21.792
8 52 Danny KENT KTM 41'56.424 21.888
9 10 Alexis MASBOU HONDA 41'57.582 23.046
10 84 Jakub KORNFEIL FTR HONDA 41'57.846 23.310
11 41 Brad BINDER KALEX KTM 41'57.915 23.379
12 55 Hector FAUBEL KALEX KTM 41'58.299 23.763
13 61 Arthur SISSIS KTM 41'58.844 24.308
14 23 Alberto MONCAYO KALEX KTM 41'59.551 25.015
15 12 Alex MARQUEZ SUTER HONDA 42'00.986 26.450
16 6 Joan OLIVE KTM 42'07.177 32.641
17 89 Alan TECHER TSR HONDA 42'07.279 32.743
18 19 Alessandro TONUCCI FTR HONDA 42'11.047 36.511
19 77 Marcel SCHROTTER MAHINDRA 42'28.063 53.527
20 21 Ivan MORENO FTR HONDA 42'38.550 1'04.014
21 9 Toni FINSTERBUSCH HONDA 42'38.600 1'04.064
22 73 Manuel TATASCIORE HONDA 42'38.607 1'04.071
23 51 Kenta FUJII TSR HONDA 43'05.436 1'30.900
24 3 Luigi MORCIANO IODA 41'34.893 1 lap
25 86 Kevin HANUS HONDA 41'35.114 1 lap
Not Classified
  53 Jasper IWEMA FGR HONDA 27'48.566 8 laps
  96 Louis ROSSI FTR HONDA 25'35.242 9 laps
  5 Romano FENATI FTR HONDA 25'35.561 9 laps
  32 Isaac VIÑALES FTR HONDA 24'09.629 10 laps
  99 Danny WEBB MAHINDRA 15'29.505 15 laps
  26 Adrian MARTIN FTR HONDA 11'26.115 17 laps
  44 Miguel OLIVEIRA SUTER HONDA 5'41.401 20 laps
  Finished through pits        
  80 Armando PONTONE IODA 44'06.765 2'32.229
  30 Giulian PEDONE ORAL 44'10.241 2'35.705

 

Race Details
2012
Moto3 race result and summary from Estoril:

Comments

Cortese's move.

Any idea if Cortese's move at the final straight was attempt to unsettle Vinales or is he thought Vinales was on his tow and tried to break it?

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