Oliveira makes it two wins in a row with new Moto3 – Rins, Torres & Silva take Spanish titles
In the 125GP/Moto3 category, Miguel Oliveira claimed the race victory at the controls of his Honda Moto3 machine. This was the last race ever for the two-stroke 125GP bikes, as the category in 2012 will be occupied solely by Moto3 machines, with which the class has been shared.
Oliveira dominated the race from start to finish, though the focus of the race was behind him on team mates Alex Rins and Alex Márquez, both of whom were challenging for the title. The two were chased by Joseph Rodriguez (who fell), Niccolo Antonelli and Andrea Migne. In the thrilling title battle, the first shock came when the wet asphalt claimed Rins, who crashed out with four laps to go, leaving the title in the hands of Márquez. But two laps from the finish, Márquez then fell, handing the title back over to Rins. The final two to join race winner Oliveira on the podium were Antonelli and Migno.
Jordi Torres was proclaimed Moto2 Champion after a gripping race that was won by Frenchman Lucas Mahias, who over the weekend proved to be the best at adapting to the difficult track conditions present in Jerez. The race was marked by intense rainfall just before the finish, after which Mahias took the lead and kept it until he crossed the line first. Behind the Frenchman, the battle for the next podium positions was ultimately won by Kevin Coghlan who took second and Dan Linfood in third, the two swapping positions until the final lap. Carmelo Morales, who was fighting for the title against Torres, overcame Isaac Viñales to land fourth, while Torres remained cautious and crossed the line eighth, which enough to win his first national title.
The Stock Extreme race was also intense, but both title contenders, Santiago Barragán Ivan Silva remaining cautious in the rough conditions, with Silva finishing 11th just behind Barragán to claim the title. The BMW Motorrad team dominated the race and took all three podium spots with Javier Fores claiming the win, followed by Xavier Del Amor and Alberto López. Only the early stages of the race was the win disputed by Kyle Smith, until crashing out just before the halfway point.
The CEV Buckler 2012 season begins on April 1 at the Jerez circuit.