2017 Austin MotoGP Moto3 Race Result: A Texas Two Step

Romano Fenati took advantage of a massive, mid-race highside by favorite Aron Canet to win his first Moto2 race of the year Sunday at the Circuit of the Americas. Fenati’s win in the red-flag shortened, 12-lap contest is his second victory in a row at the track near Austin, Texas. 

Jorge Martin came out on top of a fierce, six-rider battle to take second, a mere two-hundredths in front of teammate Fabio Di Giannantonio. For Di Giannantonio, the final podium spot marks his best finish of the year.

Enea Bastianini (4th) finished just off the podium but made it a Honda sweep of the top four positions. Nicolo Bulega took fifth as the top KTM just in front of Juanfran Guevara (5th), who also saw his best finish of the year. Conversely, John McPhee had his worst result of 2017 in seventh.

But none of the top-ten finishers likely was more disappointed than Joan Mir. The championship leader and two-time winner began the race second on the grid but was swallowed up by the chasing pack mid-race. He couldn't find his way through the group and settled for eighth, his points lead cut to six points over Martin.

Philipp Oettl (9th) and Darryn Binder (10th) completed the top 10.

Result:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Gap
1 5 Romano FENATI Honda 27'15.841
2 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda +4.504
3 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda +4.527
4 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda +4.673
5 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM +4.968
6 58 Juanfran GUEVARA KTM +5.618
7 17 John MCPHEE Honda +5.687
8 36 Joan MIR Honda +5.852
9 65 Philipp OETTL KTM +6.594
10 40 Darryn BINDER KTM +12.709
11 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM +13.240
12 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM +13.285
13 95 Jules DANILO Honda +13.290
14 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI KTM +13.412
15 11 Livio LOI Honda +13.491
16 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM +23.922
17 12 Marco BEZZECCHI Mahindra +24.347
18 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda +24.650
19 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda +24.795
20 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda +25.166
21 75 Albert ARENAS Mahindra +26.811
22 6 Maria HERRERA KTM +27.431
23 84 Jakub KORNFEIL Peugeot +37.960
24 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda +41.408
25 96 Manuel PAGLIANI Mahindra +43.789
26 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Mahindra +44.004
27 4 Patrik PULKKINEN Peugeot +51.071
28 18 Gabriel MARTINEZ-ABREGO KTM +51.438
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  24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 3 Laps
  44 Aron CANET Honda 9 Laps
  27 Kaito TOBA Honda 9 Laps
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  64 Bo BENDSNEYDER KTM 0 Lap

 

Round Number: 
3
2017
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Comments

That was tough luck for Canet, the red flag seemed pretty unnecessary but I guess race direction have to err on the side of caution.  I don't think it's right that a rider can trigger a red flag and then be able to restart, the dude crashed out right?

Nice ride by Fenati, really pushed Canet into error.  Will be interesting to see how canet goes from here on, you get the feeling that once he can break through for the first win then others will come (if he can learn to keep his cool), a little like Binder going on a rampage last year after Jerez.  Fenati... he's a hard one to work out but rode a masterful race today.