2016 Argentina Moto3 Race Result: History Is Written By The Victor

Moto 3 rookie Khairul Pawi made history Sunday in emphatic fashion when he became the first Malaysian ever to win a Grand Prix race. And it wasn't simply a maiden win for the 17-year-old at Argentina's Termas de Rio Honda circuit; It was a dominant performance in mixed conditions that concluded with the young rider taking a 26-second margin by the race's end.

Jorge Navarro seized second in the race after a final-corner high-side by Adam Norrodin (who pushed his wreck bike across the finish to take eleventh). Brad Binder, who appeared to have just won a fierce battle for fourth, climbed into the final podium spot after the Norrodin crash. Andrea Locatelli settled for fourth after a race-long battle with Binder, Joan Mir (5th) and Hiroki Ono (6th).

John McPhee climbed from 28th in qualifying to take seventh in the contest, eight seconds ahead of Jorge Martin (8th). Jakub Kornfeil (9th) finished just in front of Niccolo Antonelli, the race-winner in Qatar.

The race began with a gamble by Livio Loi. On the grid and facing a damp track, he was the only rider who elected to go with full wet tires. Every other rider – Pawi included – chose full slicks.

But at the start of the declared wet race, it wasn’t just Loi who broke to the front; Pawi -- on full slicks -- beat him to the lead and almost immediately began to open a gap on the tentative Moto3 field.  By the middle of the first lap, Pawi and Loi had a full two seconds on the field. Heading into lap three, the pair had opened the gap to six seconds.

The Belgian rider could not match Pawi’s pace. And with the racing line drying, time was running out for Loi. 

Pawi, the rookie, never looked back.

With 19 laps top go, Pawi began to disappear at the front, running laps nearly two seconds faster than any other rider on the circuit. Loi, with the drying line overheating his tires, began to lose pace and was closely followed by Norrodin, Locatelli, Martin, Ono and Aron Canet. 

Loi continued to drop through the field, eventually finishing 16th and out of the points, his team’s tire gamble not paying off. 

With 10 laps to go. Binder had climbed into fourth, behind Norrodin, Navarro and leader Pawi who had built to a 20-second lead by this point and still was running among the fastest laps in the race. 

By the final lap, with his pit crew frantically urging him to slow down, Pawi had built a 26-second lead on the field. Norrodin, who had been closely marking Narvarro for much of the race, made his move for second. And for half a lap, it appeared it was going to be a pair of 17-year-old Malaysian riders on the top two spots.

Then, under pressure from Navarro on the final corner, Turn 14, Norrodin drifted slightly wide and under throttle caught a wet patch. The bike highsided and dumped the teenager to the pavement, opening the door to second place for Navarro and the podium for Binder. 


Pos. No. Rider Bike Time / Diff. 
1 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Honda 41'35.452
2 9 Jorge NAVARRO Honda 26.17
3 41 Brad BINDER KTM 30.06
4 55 Andrea LOCATELLI KTM 30.339
5 36 Joan MIR KTM 30.506
6 76 Hiroki ONO Honda 30.736
7 17 John MCPHEE Peugeot 32.493
8 88 Jorge MARTIN Mahindra 40.596
9 84 Jakub KORNFEIL Honda 45.667
10 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 45.893
11 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 46.173
12 58 Juanfran GUEVARA KTM 51.434
13 20 Fabio QUARTARARO KTM 57.893
14 6 Maria HERRERA KTM +1'05.983
15 65 Philipp OETTL KTM +1'08.426
16 11 Livio LOI Honda +1'10.165
17 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda +1'11.664
18 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM +1'11.791
19 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM +1'12.151
20 5 Romano FENATI KTM +1'12.270
21 10 Alexis MASBOU Peugeot +1'12.382
22 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER KTM +1'12.522
23 21 Francesco BAGNAIA Mahindra +1'18.884
24 98 Karel HANIKA Mahindra +1'25.115
25 4 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda +1'31.975
26 95 Jules DANILO Honda +1'38.400
27 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Mahindra +1'38.784
28 43 Stefano VALTULINI Mahindra +1'39.051
29 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM +1'44.035
30 40 Darryn BINDER Mahindra 1 Lap
31 77 Lorenzo PETRARCA Mahindra 1 Lap
32 3 Fabio SPIRANELLI Mahindra 1 Lap
Not Classified    
  44 Aron CANET Honda 3 Laps


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Looks like all the work they have been doing in malaysia is paying off!


was really hoping for 2 MAL on the podium though :(

i don't think i've ever before seen anyone run away on slicks in the wet quite like that.

excelent work young man.

how do you say 'scalded cat' in malay?

That must be the only race where the winner's team was telling them to slow down for 80% of the race distance...

Gutted for Adam Norrodin, he rode such a smart race behind Navarro and to crash out at the final corner was pretty unlucky.