A beautiful Sunday morning previewed the habitual Moto 3 chaos that was about to unfold. Some unusual names mixed it up with the regulars to put on an incredible opening act in Jerez. While poleman Jorge Martin didn’t feature in the race as much as expected, Aron Canet avenged his COTA misfortunes by taking a stunning first ever win into the infamous turn thirteen, with a great move on Romano Fenati and championship leader Joan Mir.
Martin had a good start but it was Fenati who came through to take the lead of the race by the end of the first lap. However, as aggressive as we all know him to be, it wasn’t the Italian who earned the bravery award this Sunday, Darryn Binder and Marcos Ramirez putting large smiles on the faces of the Platinum Bay Real Estate team members. The duo got the party started when the two of them showed up to dispute the top three with Fenati, eventually taking charge at the front.
Mir, Canet and Fabio Di Giannantonio kept close behind while rubbing fairings, with Bulega and Martin dropping towards the back of the lead pack and no longer featuring heavily in the proceedings.
With sixteen laps to go, the Platinum Bay teammates were enjoying a lot of airtime, with Ramirez and Binder exchanging top position. The race went all WWE in the following laps, the lead KTMs not shying away from some extreme moves, although Fenati is hardly one to avoid some rough and tumble. Unfortunately and perhaps predictably, with thirteen laps to go, Binder crashed out after being overtaken for second position by the Italian.
In the final ten laps, the lead pack comprised ten riders but despite the still sizeable group, the main actors were Ramirez, Fenati, Canet and Mir, the rest not really allowed into the top four for too long. After letting Ramirez and Canet play around at the front for a few laps, Fenati came back with three laps to go, taking the lead once again and bringing Mir with him. Mir slipstreamed his way to the top but the Italian appeared to keep it together until Canet came through on both of them in the final turn of the race.
Despite leading much of the race, Ramirez was bumped off the podium, while Di Giannantonio and Andrea Migno ended up a rather anonymous fifth and sixth. Bulega, Bastianini, Martin and Guevara played catch-up all race and completed the top ten.
The major absentee in this story is John McPhee, who had a massive recovery job to pull off from twenty-sixth on the grid. He got as high as thirteenth with twenty laps to go and with almost two seconds to recover on the lead group. It already looked like mission impossible when the Scotsman crashed in turn one with nine laps to go, a costly result for his championship aspirations.
That leaves Joan Mir at the top of the standings, Fenati climbing into second and nine points down on the Spaniard. Martin and McPhee both lose a spot to place third and fourth, the British Talent Team rider now 25 points behind Mir.
|5||21||Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO||Honda||+0.946|
|19||48||Lorenzo DALLA PORTA||Mahindra||+21.624|
|17||John MCPHEE||Honda||9 Laps|
|12||Marco BEZZECCHI||Mahindra||10 Laps|
|7||Adam NORRODIN||Honda||11 Laps|
|24||Tatsuki SUZUKI||Honda||20 Laps|
|63||Vicente PEREZ||KTM||22 Laps|