Romano Fenati won his second career Grand Prix Sunday after he forced his bike to the inside of Jack Miller's KTM and bumped the championship leader wide on the second to last corner of the Moto3 race in Argentina. A trailing Alex Marquez shot through the new opening to take second and an unhappy Miller settled for third place at the Termas de Rio Hondo Circuit.
The bump, deemed legal by race dirrection following the contest, ended what had been a gripping series of final laps with multiple lead changes. Livio Loi, who celebrated his 17th birthday on Sunday, took advantage of the fight among the leaders to grab a surprising fourth, his best-ever finish. Alex Rins, running with the leaders before a late-race mistake, ended his day in fifth and Efren Vazquez grabbed sixth.
Isaac Viñales finished seventh, nearly nine seconds back folowed by Niklas Ajo another six seconds later. Danny Kent finished ninth and off the track after a final corner crash sent him into the gravel trap but with enough momentum to cross the line. Enea Bastianini completed the top 10.
Fenati's win is the first for Valetino Rossi's Sky Racing Team VR46. Six riders crashed out. Oddly, the organizers played the French national anthem after Italian Fenati's win. They later played the Italian anthem.
|Pos.||No.||Rider||Bike||Time / Diff.|
|4||11||Livio LOI||Kalex KTM||0.624|
|12||58||Juanfran GUEVARA||Kalex KTM||19.038|
|17||9||Scott DEROUE||Kalex KTM||38.669|
|21||65||Philipp OETTL||Kalex KTM||59.582|
|23||22||Ana CARRASCO||Kalex KTM||+1'00.112|
|26||4||Gabriel RAMOS||Kalex KTM||+1'20.240|
|3||Matteo FERRARI||Mahindra||2 Laps|
|98||Karel HANIKA||KTM||3 Laps|
|43||Luca GRÜNWALD||Kalex KTM||12 Laps|
|21||Francesco BAGNAIA||KTM||13 Laps|
|17||John MCPHEE||Honda||14 Laps|
|55||Andrea LOCATELLI||Mahindra||0 Lap|
|44||Miguel OLIVEIRA||Mahindra||0 Lap|