Oliveira Holds On For First Moto3 Win at Mugello


Miguel Oliveira ended his four year wait for a maiden victory in Grand Prix racing after hanging on to win a thrilling group fight at Mugello. The Portuguese rider played his tactics to perfection in a leading group comprising of over a dozen riders, eventually defeating Danny Kent and Romano Fenati on the very last lap.

As expected, the race proved to be a slipstream showcase with the leader across the start/finish line rarely maintaining that lead into turn one. The only man who seemed able to enjoy a sustained period in the lead was Oliveira with Kent falling as low as fourteenth while the pack behind jockeyed for position.

Fenati, who also started from the front row, had his own problems navigating through the chaos but just as he had at Le Mans, the Italian looked to have judged his race perfectly. At the start of the penultimate lap, Romano used the power of the slipstream to blast through from eighth to second and as the leading pack hit the brakes for San Donato on the last lap, the Sky VR46 rider edged ahead of Oliveira to take the lead.

Miguel wouldn’t be denied though and dived back up the inside of Fenati into Scarperia and before the home favourite had any chance to line up a move down the pit straight, Danny Kent squeezed through to second at Bucine. The Briton was now in the best position to draft past on the run to the finish line but Oliveira’s exit was just good enough, enabling him to reach the chequered flag 0.071s ahead of the Leopard Honda.

After being wrong-footed by Kent, Fenati also fell behind the Mapfre Mahindra of Francesco Bagnaia but Romano outdragged his former teammate to snatch the final podium spot by three thousandths of a second. Fellow Italians Enea Bastianini and Niccolo Antonelli completed the top six, less than four tenths off the winner, while Jorge Navarro salvaged seventh for Estrella Galicia 0,0 on a day when his teammate Fabio Quartararo crashed out.

Isaac Vinales was eighth ahead of Alexis Masbou who rode superbly to finish ninth from 23rd on the grid while Brad Binder got the second Red Bull Ajo KTM into the top ten. Karel Hanika led the Grand Prix at one stage on the third Ajo machine but his race fell apart on the final lap after a collision with Efren Vazquez.

 

MOTO3 GRAN PREMIO D’ITALIA TIM: RACE RESULT (20 LAPS)

PosRiderConstructorTeamTime/Gap
144. Miguel OliveiraKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo39:39.510
252. Danny KentHondaLeopard Racing+0.071
35. Romano FenatiKTMSky Racing Team VR46+0.127
421. Francesco BagnaiaMahindraMapfre Mahindra Team+0.130
533. Enea BastianiniHondaJunior Team Gresini Moto3+0.200
623. Niccolo AntonelliHondaOngetta-Rivacold+0.381
79. Jorge NavarroHondaEstrella Galicia 0,0+1.498
832. Isaac VinalesHusqvarnaHusqvarna Factory Laglisse+1.576
910. Alexis MasbouHondaSaxoprint-RTG+1.985
1041. Brad BinderKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo+2.139
1176. Hiroki OnoHondaLeopard Racing+4.966
1231. Niklas AjoKTMRBA Racing Team+5.142
1355. Andrea LocatelliHondaJunior Team Gresini Moto3+5.160
1411. Livio LoiHondaRW Racing GP+5.161
1516. Andrea MignoKTMSky Racing Team VR46+5.650
1684. Jakub KornfeilKTMDrive M7 SIC Racing Team+7.250
1788. Jorge MartinMahindraMapfre Mahindra Team+8.568
1840. Darryn BinderMahindraOutox Reset Drink Team+17.230
1919. Alessandro TonucciMahindraOutox Reset Drink Team+17.291
2017. John McPheeHondaSaxoprint-RTG+17.305
216. Maria HerreraHusqvarnaHusqvarna Factory Laglisse+17.337
2265. Philipp OettlKTMSchedl GP Racing+26.448
232. Remy GardnerMahindraCIP+28.103
2412. Matteo FerrariMahindraSan Carlo Team Italia+28.136
2522. Ana CarrascoKTMRBA Racing Team+28.176
2663. Zulfahmi KhairuddinKTMDrive M7 SIC Racing Team+28.222
2773. Anthony GroppiFTR HondaPos Corse+28.819
2898. Karel HanikaKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo+34.625
NC7. Efren VazquezHondaLeopard Racing+1 Lap
NC95. Jules DaniloHondaOngetta-Rivacold+1 Lap
NC58. Juanfran GuevaraMahindraMapfre Mahindra Team+4 Laps
NC24. Tatsuki SuzukiMahindraCIP+6 Laps
NC91. Gabriel RodrigoKTMRBA Racing Team+10 Laps
NC20. Fabio QuartararoHondaEstrella Galicia 0,0+11 Laps
NC29. Stefano ManziMahindraSan Carlo Team Italia+13 Laps
NC72. Marco BezzecchiMahindraMinimoto Portmaggiore+17 Laps