2012 Le Mans Moto3 Race Result: Cool Heads Prevail In Wet War Of Attrition

Results and summary of the Moto3 race at Le Mans:

Louis Rossi has taken his maiden victory in Moto3, after riding a sensible race and staying on as others crashed ahead of him. With the other favorites crashing out, and despite a crash himself, Sandro Cortese now extends his championship lead.

The race was dominated by one factor, the soaking rain, causing problems even before the red lights went out, as Efren Vazquez, 2nd on the grid and Jack Miller both had to head into the pits with technical problems, though Miller would head back out again. After the start, a group quickly broke away, containing Maverick Vinales, Hector Faubel, Zulfahmi Khairuddin, Miguel Oliveria and Luis Salom, while Louis Rossi sat a little way behind them. But the conditions proved treacherous, catching out the riders further down the field first, but the front runners also would not prove to be immune.

Hector Faubel took the lead early, but he sat at the head of a group of five, the gaps very small between them. After the halfway stage, a curse appeared to descend on anyone who led the race, with first Faubel crashing out of the lead, then Oliveira, who had taken over from Faubel, and finally Maverick Vinales, who had inherited the lead from Oliveira. The crashes left Rossi in the lead, with a massive gap of well over 20 second over 2nd place man Sandro Cortese, much to the delight of the crowd.

Both Rossi and Cortese looked like running sensible races, Rossi for victory, Cortese for the championship, but the conditions finally got the better of Cortese, crashing out at the chicane with just two laps to go. The German was luckier than his title rivals, managing to keep his KTM running, and quickly grabbing the clutch to rejoin the race, though now down in 6th. The points he would accumulate would take him 12 points clear at the top of the championship table.

Rossi emerged as the victor, a sensible and extraordinarily popular winner for the local man - literally, he hails from the town of Le Mans itself - while Alberto Moncayo saved the honor of the Aspar team taking 2nd, and Alex Rins, riding with a broken finger, held off the challenge of Niccolo Antonelli to take 3rd, and the young Spaniard's first podium.

Results:

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Time Diff
1 96 Louis ROSSI FTR HONDA 49'12.390  
2 23 Alberto MONCAYO KALEX KTM 49'39.738 27.348
3 42 Alex RINS SUTER HONDA 49'41.289 28.899
4 27 Niccolò ANTONELLI FTR HONDA 49'45.585 33.195
5 61 Arthur SISSIS KTM 49'49.379 36.989
6 11 Sandro CORTESE KTM 49'57.702 45.312
7 53 Jasper IWEMA FGR HONDA 50'11.035 58.645
8 89 Alan TECHER TSR HONDA 50'17.412 1'05.022
9 21 Ivan MORENO FTR HONDA 50'21.584 1'09.194
10 30 Giulian PEDONE SUTER HONDA 50'58.141 1'45.751
11 94 Jonas FOLGER IODA 49'46.804 1 lap
12 77 Marcel SCHROTTER MAHINDRA 50'10.213 1 lap
13 86 Kevin HANUS HONDA 50'40.631 1 lap
14 19 Alessandro TONUCCI FTR HONDA 50'24.017 2 laps
15 31 Niklas AJO KTM 49'56.694 4 laps
Not Classified
  63 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN KTM 35'10.048 7 laps
  25 Maverick VIÑALES FTR HONDA 32'42.602 8 laps
  44 Miguel OLIVEIRA SUTER HONDA 30'39.635 9 laps
  39 Luis SALOM KALEX KTM 26'41.707 11 laps
  55 Hector FAUBEL KALEX KTM 24'34.162 12 laps
  84 Jakub KORNFEIL FTR HONDA 24'35.046 12 laps
  32 Isaac VIÑALES FTR HONDA 25'17.494 12 laps
  26 Adrian MARTIN FTR HONDA 16'47.247 16 laps
  8 Jack MILLER HONDA 18'42.542 16 laps
  15 Simone GROTZKYJ SUTER HONDA 14'37.317 17 laps
  99 Danny WEBB MAHINDRA 17'14.885 17 laps
  52 Danny KENT KTM 10'30.907 19 laps
  5 Romano FENATI FTR HONDA 4'25.348 22 laps
  10 Alexis MASBOU HONDA 2'13.012 23 laps
  51 Kenta FUJII TSR HONDA 2'18.432 23 laps
Not starting
  7 Efren VAZQUEZ FTR HONDA  
Not finished first lap
  41 Brad BINDER KALEX    
  3 Luigi MORCIANO IODA    

 

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