Antonelli Emerges Victorious in Moto3 Mayhem


Niccolo Antonelli claimed his first ever Moto3 victory after a typically frenetic Czech Republic Grand Prix at Brno. The Italian converted pole position into maximum points although his route to a maiden win was by no means straightforward as over ten riders fought over the lead throughout.

The sense of urgency among the riders was heightened by a pair of crashes on the opening lap which brought out the red flags, shortening the race distance as a result. The drama started at turn one with Tatsuki Suzuki, already riding injured after a qualifying crash, tumbling along with Niklas Ajo, Philipp Oettl and Jules Danilo.

All four were unhurt but a second pile-up at turn three forced race direction to call a halt to proceedings with Gabriel Rodrigo requiring medical attention, the Argentine tangling with Hiroki Ono, Andrea Locatelli and Lorenzo Dalla Porta. Rodrigo was later given the all-clear but following the lengthy delay while the youngster was treated, the restarted race would now be run over just twelve laps.

The re-run came as a relief to Danny Kent who had botched the initial start but despite making a better fist of it second time around, the Briton was forced to take a back seat as the fight for victory took place ahead of him. For much of the race, the lead switched hands between the Red Bull Ajo KTMs of Brad Binder and Miguel Oliveira but with two laps remaining, Antonelli used the horsepower of his Honda to blast past the South African to take a lead he wouldn’t relinquish.

Romano Fenati, who had started down in 22nd after a grid penalty, briefly held second after some aggressive overtaking but his compatriot Enea Bastianini would eventually take the place after timing his final lap move to perfection. Binder held on to third ahead of Efren Vazquez and Jorge Navarro while Fenati was shuffled back to sixth, one spot ahead of championship leader Kent.

Oliveira lost even further ground in the closing stages to wind up eighth while John McPhee built on his maiden rostrum last weekend with tenth, right behind home favourite Jakub Kornfeil.

 

MOTO3 bwin GRAND PRIX ČESKÉ REPUBLIKY: RACE RESULT (12 LAPS)

PosRiderConstructorTeamTime/Gap
123. Niccolo AntonelliHondaOngetta-Rivacold25:56.866
233. Enea BastianiniHondaJunior Team Gresini Moto3+0.152
341. Brad BinderKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo+0.376
47. Efren VazquezHondaLeopard Racing+0.540
59. Jorge NavarroHondaEstrella Galicia 0,0+0.560
65. Romano FenatiKTMSky Racing Team VR46+0.821
752. Danny KentHondaLeopard Racing+1.179
844. Miguel OliveiraKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo+1.188
984. Jakub KornfeilKTMDrive M7 SIC Racing Team+1.420
1017. John McPheeHondaSaxoprint-RTG+3.385
1188. Jorge MartinMahindraMapfre Mahindra Team+5.751
1221. Francesco BagnaiaMahindraMapfre Mahindra Team+5.846
1316. Andrea MignoKTMSky Racing Team VR46+5.910
1458. Juanfran GuevaraMahindraMapfre Mahindra Team+6.173
1565. Philipp OettlKTMSchedl GP Racing+6.268
1640. Darryn BinderMahindraOutox Reset Drink Team+7.648
172. Remy GardnerMahindraCIP+7.702
1811. Livio LoiHondaRW Racing GP+8.207
1948. Lorenzo Dalla PortaHusqvarnaHusqvarna Factory Laglisse+14.302
2024. Tatsuki SuzukiMahindraCIP+16.013
2112. Matteo FerrariMahindraSan Carlo Team Italia+16.127
2263. Zulfahmi KhairuddinKTMDrive M7 SIC Racing Team+16.742
236. Maria HerreraHusqvarnaHusqvarna Factory Laglisse+16.927
2429. Stefano ManziMahindraSan Carlo Team Italia+18.967
2519. Alessandro TonucciMahindraOutox Reset Drink Team+31.460
2698. Karel HanikaKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo+37.086
2795. Jules DaniloHondaOngetta-Rivacold+1:01.665
NC86. Kevin HanusHondaTeam Hanusch+3 Laps
NC10. Alexis MasbouHondaSaxoprint-RTG+4 Laps
NC20. Fabio QuartararoHondaEstrella Galicia 0,0+5 Laps
NC32. Isaac VinalesKTMRBA Racing Team+11 Laps
NS97. Maximilian KapplerFTR HondaSaxoprint-RTGNon Starter
NS76. Hiroki OnoHondaLeopard RacingNon Starter
NS55. Andrea LocatelliHondaJunior Team Gresini Moto3Non Starter
NS91. Gabriel RodrigoKTMRBA Racing TeamNon Starter
NS31. Niklas AjoKTMRBA Racing TeamNon Starter