Results and summary of a thrilling Moto3 race at Le Mans:
Romano Fenati has won a fierce four-way battle to break the Honda stranglehold on the Moto3 class, and take his first victory of the season.
The Italian was strong from the beginning, part of a large Italian contingent who broke away at the start of the race. Niccolo Antonelli got the holeshot, pulling Pecco Bagnaia and Fenati along in his wake, along with polesitter Fabio Quartararo and a group of some eight or nine riders. Fenati quickly took over at the front and tried to break a gap, as the others battled behind him, but once Enea Bastianini got past Quartararo, he was quickly closed down.
The group slowly started thinning out, as riders failed to follow the pace of the leaders, but the battling also allowed Danny Kent to close in. The championship leader had survived the melee at the first chicane after starting 31st, and had quickly picked his way forward and into the top ten. From there, he ran fast smooth laps picking off riders one by one to move up the field.
With six laps to go the pace started hotting up, Fabio Quartararo crashing out of the lead group. By this time, Kent was struggling with Niccolo Antonelli over 5th place. Once past the Italian, he inched closer to the lead group, catching them with three to go. The Englishman kept his cool while Fenati, Bastianini and Bagnaia scrapped over the lead, making his way past Bastianini and Bagnaia when he could, but not willing to risk too much to defend the position.
Fenati led for the last couple of laps, but always had either Bagnaia or Bastianini snapping at his heels. Bastianini looked out of contention after dropping behind Kent to fourth, but a brilliant charge on the final lap saw him get past the Englishman and Bagnaia and start to push Fenati for the lead. He got onto Fenati's back wheel in the last couple of corners, but could not get past Fenati, the Sky VR46 rider the strongest of the bunch.
Fenati took victory, ahead of Bastianini, while Bagnaia got past Kent to take 3rd, Kent seeing his chance to extend his lead in the championship after title rivals Quartararo and Efren Vazquez had crashed out, and not willing to risk all that for a spot on the podium, especially after his team had shown him "P4 OK" on his pit board. Kent's 4th place means his lead is now up to 37 points, with Bastianini now second in the championship.
Fenati's win is the first for KTM this season, and with Bagnaia on the Mahindra, it meant all three Moto3 manufacturers got on the podium.
|88||Jorge Martin||Mahindra||1 Lap|
|10||Alexis Masbou||Honda||3 Laps|
|31||Niklas Ajo||KTM||3 Laps|
|24||Tatsuki Suzuki||Mahindra||5 Laps|
|20||Fabio Quartararo||Honda||7 Laps|
|12||Matteo Ferrari||Mahindra||13 Laps|
|95||Jules Danilo||Honda||14 Laps|
|40||Darryn Binder||Mahindra||15 Laps|
|9||Jorge Navarro||Honda||19 Laps|
|19||Alessandro Tonucci||Mahindra||22 Laps|
|2||Remy Gardner||Mahindra||0 Lap|
|Not Finished 1st Lap|
|91||Gabriel Rodrigo||KTM||0 Lap|
|41||Brad Binder||KTM||0 Lap|
|7||Efren Vazquez||Honda||0 Lap|