2016 Assen Moto3 Race Result: Photofinish for Italian Wild Ride

It was a fantastic day at the office for Valentino Rossi’s cadets, ending in an incredibly close finish, Pecco Bagnaia winning his first race despite not leading into the final corner. The exciting run to the line saw him overtaking fellow Italian Andrea Migno, who made the most of his excellent qualifying position. He was later relegated to third due to an illegal manoeuvre, with Fabio di Giannantonio going into second place, following an impressive performance. The former Red Bull rookie put on a show, scrapping paint with teammate Enea Bastianini early in the race and leading briefly with nine laps to go.

The start saw Migno take the lead, joined by teammate Fenati soon after, with a resurgent Pecco Bagnaia following them as front row starter Nicolo Bulega lost ground early in the race. He still remained in the front group, where fourteen riders had hopes for a podium position, half of which were Italian riders.

The nation had even more to cheer about, as the lead was disputed over most of the race by Bagnaia, Romano Fenati, Andrea Migno, Nicolo Bulega and Niccolò Antonelli, the three VR46 Sky Italia riders briefly occupying all podium spots halfway through the race. Fenati only just missed out on a podium in fourth, with Antonelli in fifth, the top five riders finishing within a tenth of a second. . Jules Danilo confirmed his great pace in warm up, taking sixth position.

Brad Binder was also involved in the podium battle for most of the race, but he lost control of his bike with six laps to go after getting on the gas early and losing traction, the off track excursion through the wet grass seeing him drop to thirteenth, five seconds off the leader and breaking his perfect podium record.

Amongst the other victims of this fierce fight were Gabriel Rodrigo and Fabio Quartararo, who were on a charge to recover places into the lead group, when the first tangled lightly with Bastianini and picked up an unlucky Quartararo with 21 laps to go.

Aron Canet was another faller with 15 laps to go, taking the other RBA bike of Juanfran Guevara out and making Bastinaini lose some places. The pole man had climbed up to 5th with 7 laps to go, but crashed 3 laps later, while trying an optimistic overtake on Bulega into turn 10.

With Jorge Navarro not taking part in the proceedings, Binder not only keeps his championship lead but actually extends it by four points, with Romano Fenati getting closer to the Spaniard, only 10 points behind.


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Gap
1 21 Francesco BAGNAIA Mahindra 38'11.535
2 4 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda +0.039
3 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM +0.018
4 5 Romano FENATI KTM +0.084
5 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda +0.136
6 95 Jules DANILO Honda +0.161
7 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM +0.826
8 36 Joan MIR KTM +0.839
9 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER KTM +1.023
10 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Honda +1.038
11 65 Philipp OETTL KTM +1.153
12 41 Brad BINDER KTM +12.169
13 84 Jakub KORNFEIL Honda +15.641
14 6 Maria HERRERA KTM +18.518
15 11 Livio LOI Honda +18.549
16 17 John MCPHEE Peugeot +18.602
17 40 Darryn BINDER Mahindra +36.919
18 43 Stefano VALTULINI Mahindra +41.562
19 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda +41.647
20 77 Lorenzo PETRARCA Mahindra +54.639
21 3 Fabio SPIRANELLI Mahindra +55.295
22 22 Danny WEBB Mahindra +1'04.271
    Not Classified    
  33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 4 Laps
  55 Andrea LOCATELLI KTM 4 Laps
  10 Alexis MASBOU Peugeot 10 Laps
  24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Mahindra 10 Laps
  58 Juanfran GUEVARA KTM 15 Laps
  44 Aron CANET Honda 16 Laps
  19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 21 Laps
  20 Fabio QUARTARARO KTM 21 Laps
  89 Khairul Idham PAWI Honda 21 Laps
    Not Finished 1st Lap    
  12 Albert ARENAS Mahindra 0 Lap


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Some of them could have ended in disaster. I think it has a lot to do with Assen's flat and forgiving kerbs. They allow riders to ignore caution and take unreasonable risks since they can go wide with little consequence.

I'd change the kerbs at Assen if I were in the Safety Commission.

Edit: case in point, Bulega going wide at the first corner as if it were normal.

Such great passing in this one. And Canet clearly has talent but really needs to rein in the ambition and just finish some races.