2012 Aragon Moto3 Race Result: Three-Way Battle To Line Ends Dramatic Race

Results and summary of a drama-filled Moto3 race at the Motorland Aragon circuit:

Luis Salom has won his second race of the year at Aragon, taking charge on the final lap to lead a hard-fought battle across the line for victory, ahead of Sandro Cortese and Jonas Folger.

The real drama of the race started even before the warm up lap had been completed. Maverick Vinales, the 2nd-placed man in the championship fight, had his Avintia Blusens Honda cut out on him half way round the track, forcing him to abandon the race even before it had even started. Disgusted, he threw his bike to the floor.

The race turned into classic Moto3 battle. The long downhill back straight allowed any rider who got passed to use the slipstream to get back into touch, resulting in a large group staying together to the end of the race. But the fast back straight allowed the KTMs to dominate with their extra horsepower, with Zulfahmi Khairuddin, Sandro Cortese and Danny Kent all leading the race at some point in time.

Cortese, though, looked the best candidate for the win, leading for much of the race and immediately challenging whenever he was passed. He was attacked regularly, fielding challenges from Efren Vazquez, Jonas Folger, Danny Kent, Luis Salom and Alex Rins, while Louis Rossi got close to the front, but not close enough to lunge for the lead.

As the final lap started, Salom led across the line, with Sandro Cortese and Jonas Folger close behind. Cortese attacked Salom at Turn 5, a location where riders had been passing each other all day, and took back the lead, while Jonas Folger snapped at the heels of the leading pair. Salom would not be denied, however, and on the way into Turn 12, the start of the bus stop chicane at the top of the back straight, Salom took back the lead from Cortese and held off the counter-attacks all the way to the line. Cortese clung on to 2nd, ahead of Jonas Folger, the Aspar rider converting his pole into another podium.

Salom's second win was even more impressive than his first, the Mallorcan in great pain after damaging a collarbone yesterday in a massive highside, then highsiding again during the morning warm up. Salom's victory moves him into 2nd place in the title chase, helped a great deal by Vinales' DNF. But Cortese's lead in the championship now looks positively luxurious, at 51 points with 4 races left to go. Cortese looks set to clinch the inaugural Moto3 title in the next couple of races.

Results:

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Time Diff
1 39 Luis SALOM KALEX KTM 40'56.391  
2 11 Sandro CORTESE KTM 40'56.546 0.155
3 94 Jonas FOLGER KALEX KTM 40'56.753 0.362
4 52 Danny KENT KTM 40'57.506 1.115
5 7 Efren VAZQUEZ FTR HONDA 40'57.551 1.160
6 42 Alex RINS SUTER HONDA 40'58.156 1.765
7 96 Louis ROSSI FTR HONDA 40'58.230 1.839
8 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA SUTER HONDA 40'58.363 1.972
9 61 Arthur SISSIS KTM 40'58.806 2.415
10 27 Niccolò ANTONELLI FTR HONDA 40'58.978 2.587
11 84 Jakub KORNFEIL FTR HONDA 40'59.236 2.845
12 19 Alessandro TONUCCI FTR HONDA 40'59.458 3.067
13 23 Alberto MONCAYO FTR HONDA 41'00.154 3.763
14 31 Niklas KTM 41'11.290 14.899
15 12 Alex MARQUEZ SUTER HONDA 41'11.432 15.041
16 41 Brad BINDER KALEX KTM 41'32.861 36.470
17 32 Isaac VIÑALES FTR HONDA 41'33.813 37.422
18 9 Toni FINSTERBUSCH HONDA 41'33.848 37.457
19 8 Jack MILLER HONDA 41'34.703 38.312
20 29 Luca AMATO KALEX KTM 41'37.222 40.831
21 89 Alan TECHER TSR HONDA 41'37.240 40.849
22 17 John McPHEE HONDA 41'38.270 41.879
23 30 Giulian PEDONE SUTER HONDA 41'38.435 42.044
24 58 Juan Francisco GUEVAR FTR HONDA 41'52.287 55.896
25 99 Danny WEBB MAHINDRA 41'59.078 1'02.687
26 51 Kenta FUJII TSR HONDA 42'14.446 1'18.055
27 80 Armando PONTONE IODA 42'14.765 1'18.374
Not Classified
  26 Adrian MARTIN FTR HONDA 35'17.384 3 laps
  95 Miroslav POPOV MAHINDRA 33'44.885 4 laps
  63 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN KTM 28'39.663 6 laps
  5 Romano FENATI FTR HONDA 18'34.409 11 laps
  49 Jorge NAVARRO HONDA 2'12.497 19 laps
  53 Jasper IWEMA FGR HONDA 3'17.601 19 laps
Not started
  25 Maverick VIÑALES FTR HONDA    

 

Round Number: 
14
2012
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