2017 Mugello Moto3 Race Result: An Emotional Italian Affair

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.


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Gap
1 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 39'43.963
2 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda +0.037
3 58 Juanfran GUEVARA KTM +0.166
4 40 Darryn BINDER KTM +0.362
5 44 Aron CANET Honda +0.364
6 17 John MCPHEE Honda +0.419
7 36 Joan MIR Honda +0.556
8 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda +0.710
9 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM +0.772
10 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM +1.125
11 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda +1.229
12 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER KTM +1.261
13 5 Romano FENATI Honda +1.461
14 65 Philipp OETTL KTM +1.524
15 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda +1.553
16 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI KTM +1.858
17 12 Marco BEZZECCHI Mahindra +2.259
18 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda +2.272
19 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Mahindra +2.319
20 84 Jakub KORNFEIL Peugeot +3.053
21 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda +3.476
22 96 Manuel PAGLIANI Mahindra +11.162
23 11 Livio LOI Honda +17.713
24 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda +37.687
25 27 Kaito TOBA Honda +37.688
26 6 Maria HERRERA KTM +37.776
27 4 Patrik PULKKINEN Peugeot +37.887
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  24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 1 Lap
  75 Albert ARENAS Mahindra 1 Lap
  95 Jules DANILO Honda 11 Laps
  30 Edoardo SINTONI Mahindra 13 Laps


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The maturity, sensibility and ability displayed by all was amazing to behold. Every lap you expected a 10 rider pile-up. That younger Binder has M Marquez'esque ability to save a bike and ride it over the top. I've seen it on several occasions this year. Congrats to the winners and they all were on the day. Someone had to cross the line first. Fantastic result for Migno, SKY VR46 and KTM. That Platinum Bay KTM rider lineup are doing KTM proud race in and race out. Now SKY VR46 are joining the party. First official KTM of Bo Bendsnyder back 1.5 seconds off the winner in 12th. There has to be some concern there. I hope KTM keep it all equal for all three outfits equipped with their kit and let the teams and riders have 'at it'.

I can't understand how the commentators kept raving how this was the best race in decades. Is 14 riders abreast entering a corner really the most entertaining a race can get? The order being put upside down every other lap? The race might as well have lasted 2 laps. A complete lottery, I will take great one on one fights over schools of riders entering a corner any day.

Edit: not just the commentators ; )

But I love it. Can't believe everyone kept it together apart from the Danilo crash and the Suzuki/Arenas crash on the last lap. Great riding by all in that front group. Very happy for all three on the podium and happy to see Darryn Binder at least make it to the flag this week.