The 100th Grand Prix race for solo motorcycles to be held at Mugello was always going to be a chaotic slipstreaming affair – so a trademark Moto3 race. The plot was complicated by cooler and more overcast conditions than expected and with some nine riders challenging into turn one every lap, it was a miracle that there was no crash amongst the contenders – other than the occasional aggressive nudge.
Andrea Migno rode a brilliant last lap to make a small escape with his compatriot Fabio Di Giannantonio and avoid getting slipstreamed before the line. The Sky VR46 rider grabbed his first victory in an emotional home race, making it six different winners in six Moto3 races at the circuit.
With a field of almost twenty riders in the lead group, there were more leaders that one could keep count of but Di Giannantonio was one of the most frequent ones. He only just missed out on the win by three hundredths of a second and had to settle for second place. The third podium spot went to a deserving Juanfran Guevara, the RBA rider dropping back massively at the start only to come back fighting in the final laps.
After Di Giannantonio took the lead at the start and started exchanging the honour with Romano Fenati, it briefly looked like they would be the main actors in this story. However, the rest of the grid had other ideas and all the usual names and a few new ones challenged for the podium.
Darryn Binder achieved yet another great result for the Platinum Bay team with (yet another) fourth place. Aaron Canet didn’t let his poor starting position affect his race and battled to get fifth place, while John McPhee couldn’t quite equal his qualifying position and finished sixth.
Championship leader Joan Mir was another serious contender for the win, the Spaniard leading halfway through the race before dropping back to seventh spot, ahead of rookie Ayumu Sasaki, who also put in a good challenge for the podium.
Nicolo Bulega was one of the major losers at the start, the Italian falling back to eleventh, where he was in charge of leading the chasing group. The actual chase proved short, about twenty riders able to keep up with the pace at the front. He didn’t actually feature heavily in the podium battle until the final seven laps, when he led briefly, only to be pushed back to seventeenth one lap later and recovering to finish tenth.
Fenati might also have expected better after leading the race on several occasions, but the Italian had to contend with thirteenth place once the checkered flag came out.
Despite being demoted from pole position to start thirteenth, Jorge Martin was up for the challenge and was overtaking Mir for fourth on lap two. Two laps later, the Spaniard took the lead – which wasn’t to last but it did show that qualifying position doesn’t matter much in the lightweight class. As further proof, he was back to fifteenth a few laps later and could not improve on that.
With the title contenders scattered throughout the field, Joan Mir keeps his impressive lead in the championship but his main rival changes, Aron Canet stepping into second, 34 points down on his compatriot. Di Giannantonio climbs three places into third, only three points down on Canet, with Fenati and now Migno a further three points back. Jorge Martin was the biggest loser, falling into seventh and 48 points down on the leader.
|2||21||Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO||Honda||+0.037|
|19||48||Lorenzo DALLA PORTA||Mahindra||+2.319|
|24||Tatsuki SUZUKI||Honda||1 Lap|
|75||Albert ARENAS||Mahindra||1 Lap|
|95||Jules DANILO||Honda||11 Laps|
|30||Edoardo SINTONI||Mahindra||13 Laps|