Apr 29, 2012
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FIM Moto3 World Championship
April 29, 2012
1. Romano FENATI, Italy (FTR HONDA), 23 laps, 43:50.885
2. Luis SALOM, Spain (KALEX KTM), -36.139 seconds
3. Sandro CORTESE, Germany (KTM), -36.895
4. Alex RINS, Spain (SUTER HONDA), -37.061, crash
5. Alexis MASBOU, France (HONDA), -49.036
6. Maverick VIÃ‘ALES, Spain (FTR HONDA), -55.857
7. Alberto MONCAYO, Spain (KALEX KTM), -57.505
8. Niccolo ANTONELLI, Italy (FTR HONDA), -63.683
9. Hector FAUBEL, Spain (KALEX KTM), -75.351
10. Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN, Malaysia (KTM), -95.650
11. Alessandro TONUCCI, Italy (FTR HONDA), -1 lap
12. Alex MARQUEZ, Spain (SUTER HONDA), -1 lap, crash
13. Ivan MORENO, Spain (FTR HONDA), -1 lap
14. Alan TECHER, France (TSR HONDA), -1 lap
15. Giulian PEDONE, Switzerland (ORAL), -1 lap
16. Marcel SCHROTTER, Germany (MAHINDRA), -1 lap, crash
17. Jasper IWEMA, Netherlands (FGR HONDA), -1 lap, crash
18. Adrian MARTIN, Spain (FTR HONDA), -8 laps, DNF, crash
19. Kenta FUJII, Japan (TSR HONDA), -8 laps, DNF, crash
20. Danny WEBB, UK (MAHINDRA), -9 laps, DNF, retired
21. Louis ROSSI, France (FTR HONDA), -14 laps, DNF, crash
22. Isaac VIÃ‘ALES, Spain (FTR HONDA), -17 laps, DNF, crash
23. Josep RODRIGUEZ, Spain (FTR HONDA), -19 laps, DNF, crash
24. Miguel OLIVEIRA, Portugal (SUTER HONDA), -20 laps, DNF, crash
25. Arthur SISSIS, Australia (Ajo KTM), -20 laps, DNF, crash
26. Jakub KORNFEIL, Czech Republic (FTR HONDA), -21 laps, DNF, crash
27. Brad BINDER, South Africa (KALEX KTM), -21 laps, DNF, crash
28. Efren VAZQUEZ, Spain (FTR HONDA), -21 laps, DNF, crash
29. Niklas AJO, Finland (KTM), -21 laps, DNF, crash
30. Toni FINSTERBUSCH, Germany (MZ FTR), -21 laps, DNF, crash
31. Luigi MORCIANO, Italy (IODA), -21 laps, DNF, crash
32. Jack MILLER, Australia (HONDA), -23 laps, DNF, crash
33. Danny KENT, UK (Ajo KTM), -23 laps, DNF, crash
34. Simone GROTZKYJ, Italy (ORAL), -23 laps, DNF, crash
World Championship Point Standings (after 2 of 17 races):
1. Fenati, 45 points
2. Vinales, 35
3. Salom, 33
4. Cortese, 32
5. Rins, 19
6. Khairuddin, 16
7. TIE, Masbou/Oliveira/Moncayo/Faubel, 11
More, from a press release issued by FIM:
2012 FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix
Gran Premio bwin de EspaÃ±a: decision of the Race Direction
On Sunday 29 April during the Moto3 Race, rider Niklas Ajo (FIN) didn't obey the instructions given by the track marshals and push down one of them.
The Race Direction has decided to impose on the rider a disqualification from the next event in Estoril, Portugal on 4, 5, 6 May.
An appeal has been lodged to the FIM Steward.
The FIM Steward confirmed the decision of the Race Direction.
The Decision of the Race Direction is final.
More, from a press release issued by Bankia Aspar Team:
POSITIVE FINISH FOR BANKIA ASPAR TEAM AT JEREZ
BANKIA ASPAR riders Alberto Moncayo and HÃ©ctor Faubel conclude Spanish GP in 7th and 9th place, respectively, despite suffering discomfort along the way.
The Moto3 Spanish GP took place in extremely tricky conditions at the Circuito de Jerez on Sunday, turning into a battle of attrition for the lower cylinder class riders. The day began with some threatening-looking clouds in the sky after some heavy overnight rain, although the sun broke through in the warmup to cast doubt into the riders' minds yet further. The 11am race was declared dry by Race Control and the Moto3 bikes were shod with slicks for the task at hand. Early frontrunners found out to their cost that crashes were a constant danger, and a string of leaders found their challenge for victory affected by trips into the gravel or onto the damp asphalt. The race was won by Italian rider Romano Fenati in only his second Grand Prix appearance, denying the Spaniards a home win at the Circuito de Jerez.
BANKIA Aspar riders Alberto Moncayo and HÃ©ctor Faubel were out in search of positive results, despite having experienced difficulties in the previous practice sessions. Faubel was suffering from an injury to his right leg from a crash, whilst Moncayo's right shoulder was causing him problems of his own. It would not be an easy race for the duo, but provided reward for their efforts.
Faubel and his team had made a series of changes after studying the data from the morning warmup. The rider adjusted his braking technique as a result and his adaptability paid off: He placed ninth in the race, with a pace similar to that of the podium finishers. A gear change issue slowed him down slightly, but the Spanish GP was an important step forward for the home rider.
Moncayo started far back on the grid, but perhaps a better placing in qualifying would have seen him challenging for an even better finish than the ninth place that eventually went his way. In front of 103,728 fans, he put in a great performance to claim seventh place at Jerez. He is now on eleven points overall, level with teammate Faubel in the Moto3 standings in ninth and tenth place, respectively.
7Âº Alberto Moncayo: "I woke up this morning feeling ok, despite being sore from the heavy knock on my shoulder yesterday. I was very tense in the warmup and was not riding well because I was so stiff. However, I loosened up in the race on the opening laps, which was coincidentally about the same gap that the frontrunners had over me at the end of the race. I saw that we had podium pace later on. This result is like a win for me, after the weekend that we have had. I overtook some less experienced riders. It was a tough weekend but we took away some points. This race is like an injection of energy for us; we will continue working hard because we should be up at the front."
9th HÃ©ctor Faubel: "My leg hurts a little, but I started well and kept up with Salom and Cortese, who later got onto the podium. That counts for something, as if they could do it, then I could have as well. It was a crazy race. I had a problem with my gearbox when I had a 'tankslapper', as the impact broke it. Finishing in the top ten is decent enough, but far off our aims for the weekend."
More, from a press release issued by KTM:
Salom and Cortese ride KTM-driven bikes to 2nd and 3rd in Moto 3 Jerez
Luis Salom and Sandro Cortese salvaged second and third place on KTM-driven Moto3 bikes in Jerez on Sunday reversing the places they achieved in the first GP in Qatar in a great battle for the minor places in the final stages of the race.
In what quickly evolved into a race of attrition on a track with residual water from earlier rain on the Spanish circuit, half the field 17 riders of 34 starters crashed out during the 23-lap race. "
While talented young Italian teenager Renato Fenati ran away with the lead, the final laps were characterized by a three-way battle for the minor places with Salom of the RW Racing GP team on the KALEX-KTM bike coming off best after the group encountered back markers in the final corners. Sandro Cortese of the Red Bull KTM Ajo Factory team finally settled for third in a battle where the German rider and Salom deployed their superior race experience to outfox Spanish teenager Alex Rins who finished fourth.
The race was declared dry at the start and riders went out on the circuit in slick tires but remaining wet patches caused multiple crashes that halved the field. Danny Kent was the first of the KTM riders to be eliminated when he was taken down in a three-rider crash in the opening lap. Next to go down was Niklas Ajo TT Motions Event Racing on the KTM Moto3 bike. Then it was Salom's RW Racing GP teammate Brad Binder of South Africa followed by Red Bull KTM Ajo's Arthur Sissis. The Australian got caught in the same wet patch as Kent when he high sided when he was right up the front in fourth place. Sissis also suffered multiple contusions to his chest and hand.
In the multi-rider crash drama that ensued Cortese realized that it was time to learn from his experience. "I knew I just had to wait," he said. "I settled down to fight for second. This year it is important to take as many podiums as possible and to be consistent. " Cortese was third in the season's opener in Qatar.
Aji Ajo, team boss of the Red Bull KTM Ajo factory team was hopeful after the race that his two injured riders would be able to compete next weekend in the GP of Portugal in Estoril. "Sissis has some pain in his ribs, hip and small finger and Kent has hurt his ankle. Danny will have another x-ray tomorrow but it looks like its nothing too serious," he said.
Other riders on KTM-driven bikes to finish the race were Alberto Moncayo and Hector Faubel in seventh and ninth on the Aspar team's KALEX-KTM and Zulfahmi Khairuddin of Malaysia of Team KTM Airasia Sic Ajo on the KTM Moto3 bike in tenth.
Salom and Cortese are third and fourth in the championship standings after just two GPs with 33 and 32 points respectively.
More, from a press release issued by Team Italia:
Gran Premio bwin de EspaÃ±a
Jerez de la Frontera (SPA)
27-29 Aprile 2013
MotoGP Moto3: Fenati hits the jackpot in Jerez, Tonucci 11th. Team Italia on top of the world
The Italian rider seizes an incredible win. After Qatar, Jerez crowns a new talent in the Italian motorcycle racing scene
The race was declared "dry", and all riders started on slick tires. Fenny got a good start and started chasing the leaders, immediately erasing the gap despite starting from 10th position.
The slippery track made it an elimination race in the first laps, with many riders crashing out (fortunately, uninjured), and Fenati had to take a few risks to pull away from the pack together with frenchman Rossi and Rins.
While riders kept sliding off in the back, Rins tried to break away but made a mistake, allowing Fenati and Rossi to stay within reach. Eventually, Rins and Rossi both crashed out, presenting the 16-year-old Italian with a great chance to collect his first victory, and Fenati managed to dominate his FTR Honda in tricky conditions.
Despite his relative inexperience on wet conditions, Fenati proved to be focused and mature, collecting a series of fast laps (with a best lap of 1'52"7), crushing the competition. The checkered flag saw him claim a maiden success in front of Salom (+36"1) and Cortese (+36"8).
The last Italian victory in the smaller class of MotoGP was scored by Iannone in 2009 in Catalunya 125 Grand Prix. Last Team Italia's victory in 125 goes back to 1987: it was Gresini who stepped on the highest spot on the podium in Misano.
The other Team Italia rider Alessandro Tonucci, who was not on top form physically after a crash yesterday, closed the race in 11th position, putting up a good fight in the back and performing many passes after starting from the 24th position.