2017 Sepang Moto3 Race: No Mere Win

Joan Mir saved both his tires and opportunities for the end of the Sepang Moto3 race Sunday to take a 10th win of the season and put him one victory shy of the season record for the class -- a record still held by Valentino Rossi. Jorge Martin took second following a late, last-lap pass on Enea Bastianini, who was the final podium finisher.

Mir's win adds to a dominant season that saw him crowned champion last week at the Philip Island and crush the pole-position lap record this weekend in Malaysia. With one race remaining in Valencia, Mir has an opportunity to tie Rossi's 11-win record set in 1997 when the class consisted of 125cc two-strokes.

Livio Loi, still fighting for a contract for next year, grabbed a lonely fourth five seconds clear of fifth-place finisher John McPhee. Andrea Migno in sixth was the top KTM (and one of two non Hondas in the top 10). Romano Fenati with seventh guaranteed a second-place in the Moto3 championship. Aron Canet (8th), Fabio Di Giannantonio (9th) and Bo Bendsneyder (10th) rounded out the top 10.

Result:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time / Diff. 
1 36 Joan MIR Honda 40'14.545
2 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 0.724
3 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 0.763
4 11 Livio LOI Honda 6.868
5 17 John MCPHEE Honda 11.051
6 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 11.09
7 5 Romano FENATI Honda 11.238
8 44 Aron CANET Honda 11.671
9 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 11.959
10 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER KTM 12.062
11 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 12.572
12 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 13.581
13 58 Juanfran GUEVARA KTM 14.885
14 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 18.736
15 96 Manuel PAGLIANI Mahindra 21.986
16 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 23.365
17 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 23.524
18 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 25.908
19 12 Marco BEZZECCHI Mahindra 26.173
20 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 40.612
21 84 Jakub KORNFEIL Peugeot 40.772
22 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 43.11
23 4 Patrik PULKKINEN Peugeot +1'00.918
24 6 Maria HERRERA Mahindra +1'01.104
Not Classified      
  9 Kasma Daniel KASMAYUDIN Honda 1 Lap
  48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Mahindra 2 Laps
  8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 3 Laps
  23 Niccolò ANTONELLI KTM 10 Laps
  95 Jules DANILO Honda 13 Laps
  40 Darryn BINDER KTM 15 Laps
  24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 17 Laps

 

Round Number: 
17
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Comments

(on the English language world feed) were a bit late in suggesting Mir as an eventual replacement for Pedrosa - some suggested that months ago.

Not a VR46 fan here, but to be fair he won 11 of 15 races in GP125 in 1997, while Mir will only win 10 or 11 of 18 races.  But on the track the two have had an uncanny resemblance to each other (Rossi 1996/7, Mir 2016/7).