Maverick Viñales made history this evening in Qatar, becoming the first ever winner of a Moto3 Grand Prix. The Repsol rider had started from second on the grid at the Qatar Grand Prix, the only night race on the calendar. The 2011 125cc Rookie of the Year did not have the best of starts in the Moto3 race, but fought back positions to take the lead and came out on top in a fight with Romano Fenati, eventually crossing the line 4.301 seconds ahead of the Italian.

Italy has finally found somone to root for in the feeder class, Romano Fenati. This 16-year old rookie grabbed the second spot after leading the race for the first four laps and building up an almost two seconds lead before Vinales shook off Alfred Sissis and Sandro Cortese and charged away and catching up with lap 6. The two riders were almost evenly matched, exchanging the lead at the end of the straight a couple of times but Vinales decided he had enough of seeing Fenati’s white helmet and on lap 12 broke away and then built up a 4.3 second lead to win the race.

The third spot on the podium went to Sandro Cortese, after a massive five-rider battle that involved Luis Salom, Miguel Oliveira (who won two races last year in the CEV on a Moto3) and Ajo’s Zulfahmi Khairuddin and Arthur Sissis with Cortese prevailing on the rest in the final corner. Danny Kent never got into the battle and finished in 8th, while Louis Rossi took the ninth spot and last year’s 125cc CEV champion Alex Rins closed out the top 10.

Moto3 2012 Qatar timings
  1. Maverick VIÑALES  Blusens Avintia  150.2 38’40.995
  2. Romano FENATI Team Italia FMI  149.9 +4.301
  3. Sandro CORTESE Red Bull KTM 149.0 +18.013
  4. Luis SALOM SPA Racing GP  149.0 +18.200
  5. Miguel OLIVEIRA Estrella Galicia  149.0 +18.745
  6. Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN AirAsia-Sic-Ajo 149.0 +19.052
  7. Arthur SISSIS Red Bull KTM Ajo 149.0 +19.466
  8. Danny KENT Red Bull KTM Ajo 148.9 +21.098
  9. Louis ROSSI Racing Team Germany 148.8 +21.153
  10. Alex RINS Estrella Galicia 148.4 +28.733
  11. Alan TECHER Technomag-CIP-TSR 148.3 +29.775
  12. Hector FAUBEL Bankia Aspar Team Kalex 148.3 +29.813
  13. Niklas AJO FIN Motion Events Racing 147.9 +35.940
  14. Alberto MONCAYO Bankia Aspar Team Kalex 147.9 +35.983
  15. Jakub KORNFEIL Redox-Ongetta-Centro Seta 147.7 +38.641
  16. Efren VAZQUEZJHK T-Shirt Laglisse 147.6 +40.219
  17. Niccolo ANTONELLI San Carlo Gresini Moto3 147.0 +50.629
  18. Danny WEBB Mahindra Racing Mahindra 146.7 +54.751
  19. Ivan MORENO Andalucia JHK Laglisse 146.7 +54.989
  20. Adrian MARTIN JHK T-Shirt Laglisse 146.1 +1’05.183
  21. Kenta FUJII Technomag-CIP-TSR 145.1 +1’21.239
  22. Simone GROTZKYJ Ambrogio Next Racing 144.3 +1’35.791
  23. Toni FINSTERBUSCH Cresto Guide MZ Racing 143.9 +1’41.291
  24. Jasper IWEMA Moto FGR 143.2 +1’54.293
  25. Jack MILLER Caretta Technology 139.9 1 Lap