Month: April 2013

Moto3/Moto2 race news: Rins wins restarted race, Terol takes first Moto2 win

Austin Moto3 and Moto2 race round up :

Rins snatches debut win in red-flagged Moto3 race,Nico Terol takes first Moto2 win as Espargaro crashes.

Moto3 got Sunday’s race action under way with a restarted crash after Jasper Iwema’s massive crash .

After also leading the first race Estrella Galicia rider Alex Rins won the five lap sprint after the restart at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin,Texas.

Initially Luis Salom made the best of the situation after fading in the original running, the stop giving him the opportunity to change the tyres on his Red Bull KTM Ajo, which appeared to solve his woes. Salom went wide racing into the final corner which also allowed Team Calvo’s Maverick Vinales through for second.

The result makes once again for an all KTM podium with the same three Spanish riders on the rostrum as Qatar. They also dominate the championship standings due to their consistency with Salom and Rins tied on 41 points,one ahead of Vinales.

Jasper Iwema was airlifted by helicopter from the track with reports coming in suggesting he had no broken bones and full movement following his huge accident. The rider confirmed this later personally on Twitter posting “Thanks for all messages, im ok after my big crash. I’ve just a concussion after I was KO for a couple minutes.”

Jonas Folger tried to keep pace with the frontrunners again but ended up fourth for Mapfre Aspar, while Miguel Olivera recovered from a lacklustre qualifying to be the highest non-KTM finisher in fifth spot.

Moto2 had a lot of drama to follow and broght plenty of action of it’s own when title favourite Pol Espargaro crashed out early in the race.

The Tuenti HP 40 rider had qualified his Pons machine down in seventh and pushed too hard while trying to move up the order.

Nico Terol raced hard from the start and found himself with a gap of over three seconds pretty quickly, which he maintained on his Mapre Aspar Suter machine until the chequered flag for his debut Moto2 win.

He had a previously strong record when the support classes have travelled to America before, with three Indianapolis 125cc wins to his names. His fourth grand prix win in the states brings him tied for the most wins on American soil with Casey Stoner.

The battle for second was fierce with Pons Tuenti’s Tito Rabat working his way up the field to second after tussling with Marc VDS rider Mika Kallio who finished in the final podium spot and Technomag carXpert’s Dominique Aegerter, who missed out on the podium after contact with Kallio.

Scott Redding lead the early laps but couldn’t keep pace due to what appeared to be a problem with tyre wear, his fifth place is enough for him to lead the championship standings after the opening two rounds.

Moto3 and Moto2 return in Jerez on the weekend of the 3-5 May. For more detailed reports visit my crash.net Moto2 and Moto3 race reports or check out the latest on paddockchatter.com !

Moto3 Austin Race Top 15:

1. Alex Rins SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 (KTM) 11m 26.535
2. Maverick Viñales SPA Team Calvo (KTM) 11m 26.779
3. Luis Salom SPA Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 11m 27.082
4. Jonas Folger GER Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 (Kalex KTM) 11m 27.765
5. Miguel Oliveira POR Mahindra Racing (Mahindra) 11m 34.811
6. Jack Miller AUS Caretta Technology – RTG (FTR Honda) 11m 35.138
7. Zulfahmi Khairuddin MAL Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 11m 36.682
8. Alexis Masbou FRA Ongetta-Rivacold (FTR Honda) 11m 38.572
9. Brad Binder RSA Ambrogio Racing (Suter Honda) 11m 38.798
10. Jakub Kornfeil CZE Redox RW Racing GP (Kalex KTM) 11m 39.272
11. Danny Webb GBR Ambrogio Racing (Suter Honda) 11m 39.756
12. Arthur Sissis AUS Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 11m 40.565
13. Isaac Viñales SPA Ongetta-Centro Seta (FTR Honda) 11m 42.357
14. Efren Vazquez SPA Mahindra Racing (Mahindra) 11m 43.128
15. Niklas Ajo FIN Avant Tecno (KTM) 11m 47.629

Moto2 Austin Race Top 15:

1. Nicolas Terol SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 (Suter) 42m 2.689
2. Esteve Rabat SPA Tuenti HP 40 (Kalex) 42m 5.814
3. Mika Kallio FIN Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex) 42m 5.864
4. Dominique Aegerter SWI Technomag carXpert (Suter) 42m 7.562
5. Scott Redding GBR Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex) 42m 8.286
6. Johann Zarco FRA Came Iodaracing Project (Suter) 42m 11.984
7. Anthony West AUS QMMF Racing Team (Speed Up) 42m 12.129
8. Mattia Pasini ITA NGM Mobile Racing (Speed Up) 42m 17.161s
9. Alex De Angelis RSM NGM Mobile Forward Racing (Speed Up) 42m 18.740
10. Toni Elias SPA Blusens Avintia (Kalex) 42m 22.385
11. Mike Di Meglio FRA JiR Moto2 (MotoBI) 42m 22.796
12. Marcel Schrotter GER Desguaces La Torre SAG (Kalex) 42m 25.976
13. Xavier Simeon BEL Desguaces La Torre Maptaq (Kalex) 42m 26.236
14. Jordi Torres SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 (Suter) 42m 26.504
15. Ricard Cardus SPA NGM Mobile Forward Racing (Speed Up) 42m 36.177

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Austin Qualifying: Moto2 and Moto3 – Rins dominant and debut pole for Redding

 

Moto3 kicked off the qualfying action at the Circuit of the Americas and Estrella Galicia rider Alex Rins took control of the session, slowly whittling down his time to take the second pole of his career.

 

He is joined on the front row by the same riders who featured on the podium on Qatar.

 

 

Nearest rival was fellow countryman Red Bull KTM rider Luis Salom and third was filled by another Spaniard Team Calvo’s Maverick Vinales, making for an all KTM front row.

 

Fastest of the Honda riders was Caretta Technology rider Jack Miller in fourth.

 

 

Danny Webb impressed on his Suter Honda and scored an eighth place start for Ambrogio Racing. Fellow Brit John McPhee struggled after having his bike wrecked in his crash with Alexis Masbou in Qatar and qualified 28th.

 

 

 

 

In Moto2 a last- gasp effort by Scott Redding saw him score the first pole of his career and the first for his team, Marc VDS.

 

 

The lap ousted Takaaki Nakagami from the pole spot for the second race in a row. In Qatar the Japanese Italtrans rider lost out to Pol Espargaro in the final seconds.

 

 

Third was filled by the first Suter to hit the timesheets, the Aspar of Nico Terol who took his first front row in Moto2 with his best qualifying since moving up into the class.

 

 

Tito Rabat was fourth and well ahead of his Tuenti HP 40 team-mate Pol Espargaro who made the best of a frustrating session to push to seventh late on.

 

 

British riders Kyle Smith and Danny Kent had their best Moto2 qualifying session to date with Kent starting from 13th for Tech3 and Smith 19th for the Italtrans outfit.

 

For more see my crash.net reports for Moto2 and Moto3 or visit paddockchatter.com !

 

Moto3 Austin Qualifying Top Ten:

 

1.Alex Rins SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 (KTM) 2m 16.396
2. Luis Salom SPA Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 2m 16.879
3. Maverick Viñales SPA Team Calvo (KTM) 2m 17.100
4. Jack Miller AUS Caretta Technology – RTG (FTR Honda) 2m 18.303
5. Jonas Folger GER Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 (Kalex KTM) 2m 18.570
6. Alex Marquez SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 (KTM) 2m 18.595
7. Niklas Ajo FIN Avant Tecno (KTM) 2m 18.618
8. Danny Webb GBR Ambrogio Racing (Suter Honda) 2m 18.899
9. Alexis Masbou FRA Ongetta-Rivacold (FTR Honda) 2m 18.906
10. Arthur Sissis AUS Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 2m 18.951

 

 

Moto2 Austin Qualifying Top Ten:

 

 

1. Scott Redding GBR Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex) 2m 10.577
2. Takaaki Nakagami
JPN Italtrans Racing Team (Kalex) 2m 11.266
3. Nicolas Terol
SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 (Suter) 2m 11.287
4. Esteve Rabat
SPA Tuenti HP 40 (Kalex) 2m 11.383
5. Dominique Aegerter
SWI Technomag carXpert (Suter) 2m 11.606
6. Simone Corsi
ITA NGM Mobile Racing (Speed Up) 2m 11.725
7. Pol Espargaro
SPA Tuenti HP 40 (Kalex) 2m 11.838
8. Xavier Simeon
BEL Desguaces La Torre (Kalex) 2m 11.859
9. Mika Kallio
FIN Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex) 2m 11.925
10. Julian Simon
SPA Italtrans Racing Team (Kalex) 2m 12.001

 

 

Moto2: Tom Luthi makes surprise return in Texas

Tom Luthi

Luthi riding for Interwetten in 2011
Image by T.Tanabe used under the creative commons agreement via Flickr

Interwetten rider Tom Luthi has announced a shock comeback a whole round earlier than his projected return at Jerez in May. The Swiss star has flown out to Austin ready to ride at the inaugural Moto2 race around the Circuit of the Americas.

Luthi suffered damage to his elbow, arm, ligaments and collarbone in a crash with Ratthapark Wilairot at the Valencia test in February and was not at the season opener in Losail. His replacement Sergio Gadea finished 20th.

More on the injuries can be found in this post.

Just weeks ago he was struggling to do day-to-day basics like eat as he was having trouble moving his arm and hand. He has cut his recovery from an estimated three months to just 64 days.

Tom Luthi stated: “I put all my energy and willpower into working towards an early comeback and I am happy about my speedy recovery. I still lack power in my right arm, but nevertheless I’m sure that I’m ready to go out and race. I definitely want to take part in the free practice sessions on Friday. If I can confirm my hopes and ride without great difficulties, I will also start in the race on Sunday, trying to get the best possible result!”

Team Manager Daniel Epp added: “I was surprised about Tom’s decision to fly to Texas on Tuesday and to return to racing so soon, at the second Grand Prix of this season. But he made remarkable progress in his rehabilitation program, especially over the last days, so I can fully understand his decision to return now instead of the first European race at Jerez. We are all convinced of Tom’s ability to score a good result at Austin and he has our full support with this brave decision!”

It has not yet been announced if Sergio Gadea or another replacement rider will be flown out to race if Luthi cannot compete as planned.

Are you ready for Austin? MotoGP classes hit Texas!

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COTA welcomes MotoGP for the first time
Media via circuitoftheamericas.com

The second race of the year is almost upon us as MotoGP debuts at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas this weekend. What to expect looked pretty certain after Honda’s dominance at the COTA test, (read more here) with Marc Marquez particularly impressive, but Yamaha proved to be a force to be reckoned with after Jorge Lorenzo cleared away for the win in Losail under the floodlights in Qatar, with second place on the podium going to a resurgent, battling Valentino Rossi after an enjoyable tussle with rookie Marquez.

So, from a fans perspective hopefully the race will be less easy to call than it would initially appear, but what else does the trip to Texas hold?

No American has won on home soil since Nicky Hayden won at his ‘local’ track, Laguna Seca, seven years ago as a Honda Rider.

As the Ducati looked to still be the machine that is full of promise but low on delivery as the Kentucky Kid and his Italian team-mate Andrea Dovizioso qualified well only to fade in the race, it appears that this statistic will stand a while longer.

Fellow Americans and Texas locals Ben Spies (Pramac Ducati) and Colin Edwards (NGM Forward Racing) will be hoping to push their bikes to the limit for the best results they can muster at home.

Edwards did a ride around the track and to get a great feel of the circuit layout you can check out the video here.

Spies is still troubled by a shoulder injury.

Adding more Americans to the grid are the wild-card teams of GP Tech and Attack Performance, who will be present at all three U.S. GP’s. Both teams have tested at the circuit in advance and field Blake Young and Michael Barnes respectively.

In the lower classes the battle should be intense as the riders learn the track, with a surprise early return for Tom Luthi in Moto2. The Swiss rider was not expected to return until Jerez at the earliest and had to watch his substitute Sergio Gadea wreck his Interwetten bike in the season opener in Qatar.

Away from the racing, if you are in the USA and fancy a day out COTA have announced day tickets for General admission on Sunday will be just $59 on the gate and weekenders will be treated to entertainment from bands including The Bright Light Social Hour, Black Pistol Fire, my Jerusalem and Brass Knuckles.

MotoGP Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas schedule highlights (UK Time. Local U.S time = GMT -5):

Saturday

MotoGP FP3: 15:55 – 16:40

Moto3 QP: 18:35 – 19:15

MotoGP FP4: 19:30 – 20:00

MotoGP Q1: 20:10 – 20:25

MotoGP Q2: 20:35 – 20:50

Moto2 QP: 21:05- 21:50

Sunday

Moto3 race: 17:00

Moto2 race: 18:20

MotoGP race: 20:00

 

 

Moto2: Gino Rea has to wait for Le Mans to kick off season

Moto2 rider Gino Rea, who performed well enough to podium in the wet in 2012 but found himself without a ride after his deal fell through with ESGP, has to wait until the MotoGP circus arrives at Le Mans before he can put in a wild-card performance.

The Londoner originally planned to start his season at the third race and first non-flyaway -round 3 at Jerez but all the wild-card entries for that race were given to Spanish riders so Rea now starts his campaign once race later when the world championship hits France.

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Team Rea Gr88t FTR bike proposal – to fill in the sponsorship spaces visit ginoreaclub.com of e-mail rearacing@sky.com

Rea revealed the delay himself on his new self- built website adding:

Despite this minor setback, the FTR Moto2 bike will be built within the next two weeks and Gino will begin testing in preparation for Le Mans Round 4 of the Moto2 World Championship”.

2013 will see Gino ride for his own ‘Gino Rea Race Team’ nicknamed ‘GRR8T,’ with bike support from FTR and some funding support from his online supporters page http://www.GinoReaClub.com. Gino will head the only British built FTR chassis in the Moto2 class and is calling out for UK sponsors to support his all British effort.


Interested sponsors can see the coverage spaces on the GRR8T FTR Moto2 bike design and are urged to contact Gino Rea Race Team by emailing rearacing@sky.com

Ginos fans can help by purchasing merchandise, hospitality passes and lots more at www.GinoReaClub.com

Moto3:Injury latest – Khairuddin reveals wrist injury woes,Vinales talks finger improvement

Malaysian fan favourite Zulfahmi Khairrudin still carrying wrist injury he picked up at the 2012 Catalan grand prix, which he then aggravated it in pre-season testing.

Red Bull KTM Ajo rider Khairuddin, who worked his way through the field in the opening round at Qatar to finish sixth form an eleventh place start , has not spoken of any discomfort but will undergo further checks later this week.

Datuk Razlan Razali, the chief executive of the Sepang International Circuit reported that “Though Fahmi did not complain about the wrist, we are not taking anything for granted, as part of his management team, we have advised him to have further checks with ISN this Friday.”

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Vinales and Team Calvo celebrate at Losail
Image via Team Calvo/Laglisse facebook page

Also carrying a pre-season injury is title favourite Maverick Vinales  who rode the Losail circuit on painkillers to finish second for Team Calvo after beating Alex Rins in a photo finish.

The Spaniard, who is missing the tip of his right hand’s ring finger after crasing his KTM at the final test at Jerez last month beat the odds to compete in Qatar at all and is confident for the next round, the inaugural Austin grand prix at the Circuit of the Americas, after discovering the pain subsided the more he used in in race conditions.

Speaking at the Doha track Vinales revealed : “I think that we went really fast in the race and the pace was really good. The pain in the finger was too much in the first part of the race, but went away more over some laps. I’m happy, I think we’re in a good place and I’m ready to go in the next race.

“I’m working with the finger to be able to improve it for Austin. I expect the best! I think, the more laps we do, the more confident we will be with the bike and, for sure, the better our setup will be.”

This was echoed in his words in the team’s statement:” My strategy was clear, let me use finger and above all to finish the race, because the World Championship is very long. I want to thank the team because they have done a perfect job with the bike over the weekend. “

Moto3: Rule changes for 2014 onwards

 

Engine revs and costs to be limited by the GP commission in future seasons.

As KTM continue to dominate the previously open competition ground of Moto3 the GP Commission met in Qatar to discuss cost cutting measures which also have the aim of leveling the field.

Currently in basic terms the KTM revs higher and is more powerful but high maintenance while Honda, who wanted the change, have a smaller bore so rev lower and cost less are easier to look after but cannot match the power output of the KTM.

There were also changes made to the current testing arrangements.

Here is the official press statement:

Moto3 Class

Changes to the regulations concerning supply of engines for the Moto3 class were approved. The objective is to reduce the cost of the engine programme for the teams and to ensure that there is equality of performance between engines supplied by the same manufacturer.

With effect from 2014 engines will be provided to Championship Organiser by the manufacturers in three batches during the season. The engines will be sealed and distributed randomly by the Technical Director and will become the property of the teams, with no requirement for them to be returned under any “service contract”. When an engine has completed the normal cycle of use it will be replaced by another sealed engine and it is anticipated that the six engines will be more than sufficient for the season. At the end of the season the team then owns six engines with only minimal mileage accrued which can be used for testing or sold on. The fixed cost for the engine package is €68,000.

The concession to allow timing chain replacement on Honda engines at regular intervals, which involves supervised breaking of the engine seals, will be extended until the end of 2014.

With effect from 2015 the maximum revs permitted for Moto3 machines will be reduced from 14,000 RPM to 13,500 RPM and the timing chain replacement concession will be cancelled.

 

Testing Regulations – Moto3 and Moto2 classes

Changes to testing regulations for the Moto3 and Moto2 classes were also approved. Testing is now permitted as follows:

At any circuit, with any riders, between the final GP and 30 November.

Three pre-season official tests, but only with contracted riders, at circuits in Europe nominated by Dorna/IRTA.

Teams may also designate one GP circuit and one non-GP circuit where they may test at any time from 01 February onwards with any riders, but not within 14 days of an event at the circuit.

Teams may also participate in tests held on Mondays and/or Tuesdays after events in Europe when these days are not required for MotoGP class testing.

Any activity authorised by Race Direction.

No testing is permitted between 01 December and 31 January, both dates being inclusive.

Image of the Qatar GP: Rossi back on a Ducati (via Iannone lift!)

The MotoGP weekend had some great racing in all the classes, but as Lorenzo charged away at the front it was Rossi’s fightback and subsequent battle with Marc Marquez that grabbed the headlines.

The funniest and most lasting image for me though was after Rossi parked his fuel depleted Yamaha in the gravel and caught a lift  back to parc ferme with his pal Andrea Iannone on his Pramac Ducati! It is very similar to when he also got a lift from nicky Hayden last season, which you can see by clicking here.

Who’d have thought Valentino would be back on a Ducati so soon!

Image : Picture taken by me via MotoGP.com coverage by BBC sport.

Rossi rides with Iannone - on a Ducati!

Rossi rides with Iannone – on a Ducati!

Moto2: Espargaro keeps Redding at bay for Qatar win

Tuenti HP 40 rider Pol Espargaro kept British title hopeful Scott Redding at bay during the opening race of the season at Losail.

The Spaniard secured his fifth Moto2 win from his fifth successive pole after timing his move on Redding just right, the Marc VDS rider gave everything in his fightback but had to settle for second across the line.

The two were lead for much of the race by Japanese rider Takakki Nakaagmi, who hit the front at the first corner, but his challenge faded when he was passed by the Brit, though he still took his debut podium, despite being more than twelve seconds off the pace by the end of the race.

This made for an all Kalex podium,headed up by Espargaro’s Pons Kalex machine, but fourth across the line was the Suter powered Technomag carXpert bike of Dominique Aegerter, his best performance ever around the track.

Fifth was filled by Marc VDS rider Mika Kallio as the tense battle for the points places hit the stripe, Julian Simon was next to finish in sixth for Italtrans, closely followed by NGM racing’s Simone Corsi and Alex De Angelis in seventh and eighth.

Tito Rabat finished in ninth for  Pons Tuenti, Xavier Simeon completed the top ten top finishers.

More from me on this race at crash.net and Paddockchatter

Moto2 Qatar Race Result:

1. Pol Espargaro Tuenti HP 40 (Kalex) 40m 31.782
2. Scott Redding Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex) 40m 32.626s
3. Takaaki Nakagami Italtrans Racing Team (Kalex) 40m 43.880
4. Dominique Aegerter Technomag carXpert (Suter) 40m 50.692
5. Mika Kallio Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex) 40m 50.715
6. Julian Simon Italtrans Racing Team (Kalex) 40m 50.800
7. Simone Corsi NGM Mobile Racing (Speed Up) 40m 51.012
8. Alex De Angelis NGM Mobile Forward Racing (Speed Up) 40m 51.234
9. Esteve Rabat Tuenti HP 40 (Kalex) 40m 52.001
10. Xavier Simeon Desguaces La Torre Maptaq (Kalex) 40m 52.754
11. Jordi Torres Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 (Suter) 40m 53.456
12. Johann Zarco Came Iodaracing Project (Suter) 40m 53.866
13. Marcel Schrotter Desguaces La Torre SAG (Kalex) 40m 53.875
14. Nicolas Terol Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 (Suter) 40m 54.278
15. Toni Elias Blusens Avintia (Kalex) 41m 8.459
16. Mike Di Meglio Jir Moto2 (MotoBI) 41m 8.479
17. Sandro Cortese Dynavolt Intact GP (Kalex) 41m 13.639
18. Danny Kent Tech 3 (Tech 3) 41m 17.077
19. Randy Krummenacher Technomag carXpert (Suter) 41m 19.455
20. Sergio Gadea Interwetten Paddock (Suter) 41m 25.979
21. Kyle Smith Blusens Avintia (Kalex) 41m 31.027
22. Steven Odendaal Argiñano & Gines Racing (Speed Up) 41m 34.495
23. Yuki Takahashi IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia (Moriwaki) 41m 36.076
24. Doni Tata Pradita Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 (Suter) 41m 45.799
25. Alberto Moncayo Argiñano & Gines Racing (Speed Up) 42m 8.791
26. Rafid Topan Sucipto QMMF Racing Team (Speed Up) 41m 31.799

Moto3: Salom snatches last lap Qatar win

Moto3 was as hectic as ever as the lightweight class got the racing action under way at the floodlit Losail track, with Red Bull KTM Ajo rider Luis Salom taking the win after timing his push to the front perfectly.

Spaniard Salom achieved his second career win after pulling out a 0.4 second gap which was enough to see him lead over the line, ahead of a photo finish for second.
Coming out on top was Team Calvo’s Maverick Vinales by the slightest of margins, riding with painkillers as he is still troubled by his injury to his ring finger sustained in the final pre-season test. Saying in parc ferme after the race that he was able to push more in the latter stages as he learnt to deal with the pain he beat last years top rookie Alex Rins by the slimmest of margins.

Rins completed the podium by was given a run for his money by his team-mate at Estrella Galicia Alex Marquez who on catching the leading trio also lead the pack for a spell.

Jonas Folger was also battling at the front for the Aspar team but faded in the later stages and crossed the line in fifth, continuing the KTM dominance on his Kalex KTM.
Zulfahmi Khairuddin showed a return to the fighting form he displayed at the end of the 2012 season as he pushed his way up to sixth for the Red Bull KTM squad.

Portuguese rider Miguel Oliveira was tfirst non-KTM finisher, riding his much improved Mahindra into seventh ahead of Arthur Sissis, with whom he enjoyed a race long tangle for position. The only other non-KTM to grace the top ten was Oliveira’s Mahindra team-mate class veteran Efren Vazquez in tenth.

Also making the top ten was Avant Tecno’s Niklas Ajo in ninth position.

British rider Danny Webb was eleventh for Ambrogio Racing just one place ahead of his colleague Brad Binder in 12th.

Completing the points scorers were Jasper Iwema in 13th and Jakub Kornfeil in 14h after an eventful race. The final point went to Romano Fenati in fifteenth, dashing the hopes he had of repeating his electirc second in Qatar in 2012.

Ana Carrasco finished 20th in her debut Moto2 race.

More from me on the race at crash.net and paddockchatter

Moto3 Qatar Race Result:

1. Luis Salom Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 38m 26.859
2. Maverick Viñales Team Calvo (KTM) 38m 27.276
3. Alex Rins Estrella Galicia 0,0 (KTM) 38m 27.282
4. Alex Marquez Estrella Galicia 0,0 (KTM) 38m 27.560
5. Jonas Folger Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 (Kalex KTM) 38m 27.775
6. Zulfahmi Khairuddin Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 38m 44.348
7. Miguel Oliveira Mahindra Racing (Mahindra) 38m 44.425
8. Arthur Sissis Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 38m 46.214
9. Niklas Ajo Avant Tecno (KTM) 38m 55.825
10. Efren Vazquez Mahindra Racing (Mahindra) 38m 55.854
11. Danny Webb Ambrogio Racing (Suter Honda) 38m 56.299
12. Brad Binder Ambrogio Racing (Suter Honda) 38m 56.358
13. Jasper Iwema RW Racing GP (Kalex KTM) 39m 6.075
14. Alexis Masbou Ongetta-Rivacold (FTR Honda) 39m 6.274
15. Romano Fenati San Carlo Team Italia (FTR Honda) 39m 6.310
16. Jack Miller Caretta Technology – RTG (FTR Honda) 39m 6.656
17. Philipp Oettl Paddock TT Motion Events (Kalex KTM) 39m 17.705
18. Alessandro Tonucci La Fonte Tascaracing (Honda) 39m 17.952
19. Toni Finsterbusch Kiefer Racing (Kalex KTM) 39m 18.077
20. Ana Carrasco Team Calvo (KTM) 39m 18.125
21. Juanfran Guevara CIP Moto3 (TSR Honda) 39m 18.188
22. Jakub Kornfeil Redox RW Racing GP (Kalex KTM) 39m 20.604
23. Francesco Bagnaia San Carlo Team Italia (FTR Honda) 39m 21.550
24. Matteo Ferrari Ongetta-Centro Seta (FTR Honda) 39m 21.807
25. Florian Alt Kiefer Racing (Kalex KTM) 39m 22.095
26. Eric Granado Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 (Kalex KTM) 39m 30.460
27. Hyuga Watanabe La Fonte Tascaracing (Honda) 39m 49.899
28. Lorenzo Baldassarri GO&FUN Gresini Moto3 (FTR Honda) 39m 50.037