2012 Valencia Moto3 Race Result: Last Lap Dive Settles Chaotic Race

Results and summary of a chaotic wet Moto3 race at Valencia:

Danny Kent has taken his second victory of the year, beating his Red Bull KTM teammate to the line in the first race of the day at Valencia. Kent's win came at the end of a difficult and incident-packed race which took place in wet and very slick conditions.

The problems started on the sighting lap. Polesitter Jonas Folger suffered a technical problem with his machine, and had to be transported back to the pits, where his crew worked frantically to try to resolve the situation. That left Folger to eventually start from pit lane once the main pack had passed.

Luis Salom took an early lead, but the slick state of the track meant that the early laps would end up meaning little. Salom led from Miguel Oliveira and Alex Marquez, but Marquez soon crashed out. Shortly before the halfway mark of the race, some sense of order started to be established, with Sandro Cortese taking the lead ahead of Oliveira and Efren Vazquez. A group containing Danny Kent, Brad Binder, Louis Rossi, Luis Salom, Zulfahmi Khairuddin and Hector Faubel soon formed, but that group would gradually be thinned out. Salom lost touch first, and then Vazquez crashed into Oliveira, the Spaniard losing the front and wiping the Portuguese rider out.

The chaos behind gave Cortese the lead, and he looked on his way to his sixth win of the season, but the chasing group - by now consisting solely of Kent, Binder, Faubel and Khairuddin - had not yet decided to capitulate. With Kent at their head, they chased Cortese down, catching him on the very last lap. Cortese led all the way to the final corner, where a brave and clever pass by Kent saw the British rider take over the lead and go on to claim victory, he second of the year. Cortese ended in 2nd, while Zulfahmi Khairuddin dived past Brad Binder to steal the final podium spot from the unlucky South African.

Results:

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Time Diff
1 52 Danny KENT KTM 45'05.891  
2 11 Sandro CORTESE KTM 45'05.947 0.056
3 63 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN KTM 45'06.005 0.114
4 41 Brad BINDER KALEX KTM 45'06.322 0.431
5 55 Hector FAUBEL FTR HONDA 45'10.262 4.371
6 96 Louis ROSSI FTR HONDA 45'13.496 7.605
7 84 Jakub KORNFEIL FTR HONDA 45'20.822 14.931
8 25 Maverick VIÑALES FTR HONDA 45'24.386 18.495
9 31 Niklas KTM 45'29.071 23.180
10 39 Luis SALOM KALEX KTM 45'29.136 23.245
11 65 Philipp OETTL KALEX KTM 45'33.423 27.532
12 58 Juan Francisco GUEVAR FTR HONDA 45'36.222 30.331
13 27 Niccolò ANTONELLI FTR HONDA 45'37.146 31.255
14 19 Alessandro TONUCCI FTR HONDA 45'40.551 34.660
15 28 Josep RODRIGUEZ FGR HONDA 45'56.413 50.522
16 42 Alex RINS SUTER HONDA 45'56.445 50.554
17 30 Giulian PEDONE SUTER HONDA 45'57.616 51.725
18 5 Romano FENATI FTR HONDA 45'57.717 51.826
19 61 Arthur SISSIS KTM 45'58.861 52.970
20 32 Isaac VIÑALES FTR HONDA 46'03.821 57.930
21 89 Alan TECHER TSR HONDA 46'06.649 1'00.758
22 29 Luca AMATO KALEX KTM 46'53.685 1'47.794
23 51 Kenta FUJII TSR HONDA 46'53.868 1'47.977
24 80 Armando PONTONE IODA 45'15.003 1 lap
Not Classified
  8 Jack MILLER HONDA 35'55.156 5 laps
  9 Toni FINSTERBUSCH HONDA 36'18.674 5 laps
  99 Danny WEBB MAHINDRA 34'52.707 6 laps
  44 Miguel OLIVEIRA SUTER HONDA 28'28.103 9 laps
  7 Efren VAZQUEZ FTR HONDA 28'28.164 9 laps
  95 Miroslav POPOV MAHINDRA 17'42.944 15 laps
  17 John McPHEE HONDA 18'42.007 15 laps
  94 Jonas FOLGER KALEX KTM 13'46.752 17 laps
  26 Adrian MARTIN FTR HONDA 14'18.264 17 laps
  3 Luigi MORCIANO IODA 8'41.945 20 laps
  12 Alex MARQUEZ SUTER HONDA 5'51.521 21 laps

 

Round Number: 
18
2012
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