2017 Motegi Moto3 Race Result: Not Dead Yet

Romano Fenati, second in the Moto3 world championship, kept his title hopes alive with a dominant ride in a heavy downpour Sunday at the Motegi Circuit in Japan. Niccolo Antonelli secured his first podium in the past 33 races with a steady second place. And Marco Bezzecchi, with his best finish of his career, completed the all-Italian podium. 

And where was championship leader Joan Mir who began the weekend 80 points clear of Fenati? Well down the timesheet in 17th and out of the points. The Spanish rider struggled in his wet weekend in Japan and watched his lead shaved to 55 points with three races remaining. 

Taking fourth, Tatsuki Suzuki had his best finish of his career, a full four seconds clear of Aron Canet (5th). Phillipp Oettl grabbed sixth, leading a tightly bunched group including Fabio Giannantonio (7th), Jacob Kornfiel (8th) and Bo Bendsneyder (9th). John McPhee completed the top ten.

The 13-lap, shortened race began in a steady rain that worsened throughout the contest. Both the warmup and the race were reduced in length after Andrea Migno's KTM left a stream of oil nearly the length of the 4.8 km (2.9 mi.) circuit at the start of warmup. The subsequent cleanup took more than one hour and forced organizers to tighten the afternoon schedule. 

Result:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time / Diff.
1 5 Romano FENATI Honda 29'22.278
2 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI KTM 4.146
3 12 Marco BEZZECCHI Mahindra 5.013
4 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 8.767
5 44 Aron CANET Honda 12.827
6 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 14.865
7 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 15.482
8 84 Jakub KORNFEIL Peugeot 15.625
9 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER KTM 15.947
10 17 John MCPHEE Honda 16.216
11 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 16.414
12 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 18.783
13 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 19.057
14 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 19.536
15 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 21.208
16 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 22.731
17 36 Joan MIR Honda 23.879
18 95 Jules DANILO Honda 23.935
19 11 Livio LOI Honda 33.663
20 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 34.695
21 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 39.533
22 4 Patrik PULKKINEN Peugeot 48.473
23 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda +1'30.837
24 70 Tom TOPARIS KTM +2'18.580
Not Classified      
  58 Juanfran GUEVARA KTM 2 Laps
  19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 4 Laps
  71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 4 Laps
  7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 7 Laps
  96 Manuel PAGLIANI Mahindra 12 Laps
  48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Mahindra 0 Lap

 

Round Number: 
15
2017
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