Results and summary of the Moto3 race at Losail:
Luis Salom has won the 2013 Moto3 season opener at Qatar, coming out on top after a five-way battle which lasted all throughout the race.
A group of five men broke away almost from the start, Luis Salom getting the holeshot, while Alex Rins and Jonas Folger followed him into Turn 1. Maverick Vinales was soon past Folger and into 3rd, while Alex Marquez chased the group down. Within two laps, the five men had opened a gap, which the chasing group, consisting of Salom's Red Bull KTM teammate Zulfahmi Khairuddin and Arthur Sissis, and the Mahindra of Miguel Oliveira, would never close back up.
The race turned into a tense game of cat and mouse, with all but Jonas Folger taking turns in the lead. Leading would not be enough, however: just being in front of the others was not sufficient to allow anyone to make a break. It would come down to the last couple of laps.
The two young Alexes in the Estrella Galicia team - Rins and Marquez - led at the end of the penultimate lap. But the veterans - if the youngsters in Moto3 can be classified as such - were ready to pounce. At the start of the final lap, Luis Salom and Maverick Vinales shot out of the draft of the two Alexes to take over the lead, Salom ahead of Vinales. Salom was on a mission, pushing hard and just opening a tiny gap. Vinales was unable to follow, and Salom went on to take the win with clear air behind him, while Vinales was left to fend off the attentions of Alex Rins, mounting a counterattack. He managed, but only by the smallest of margins.
|5||94||Jonas FOLGER||Kalex KTM||0.916|
|11||99||Danny WEBB||Suter Honda||29.440|
|12||41||Brad BINDER||Suter Honda||29.499|
|13||53||Jasper IWEMA||Kalex KTM||39.216|
|14||10||Alexis MASBOU||FTR Honda||39.415|
|15||5||Romano FENATI||FTR Honda||39.451|
|16||8||Jack MILLER||FTR Honda||39.797|
|17||65||Philipp OETTL||Kalex KTM||50.846|
|19||9||Toni FINSTERBUSCH||Kalex KTM||51.218|
|21||58||Juanfran GUEVARA||TSR Honda||51.329|
|22||84||Jakub KORNFEIL||Kalex KTM||53.745|
|23||4||Francesco BAGNAIA||FTR Honda||54.691|
|24||3||Matteo FERRARI||FTR Honda||54.948|
|25||66||Florian ALT||Kalex KTM||55.236|
|26||57||Eric GRANADO||Kalex KTM||+1'03.601|
|28||77||Lorenzo BALDASSARRI||FTR Honda||+1'23.178|
|17||John McPHEE||FTR Honda||2 Laps|
|32||Isaac VIÑALES||FTR Honda||11 Laps|
|89||Alan TECHER||TSR Honda||16 Laps|
|23||Niccolò ANTONELLI||FTR Honda||0 Lap|