Bastianini Beats Oliveira for Breakthrough Win


Enea Bastianini finally ended his agonising wait for a first Grand Prix victory in fine style at Misano. The local favourite, born in Rimini, saw off the challenge of Miguel Oliveira on the final lap and with Danny Kent finishing down in sixth, has reignited his championship hopes.

From an early stage, a leading group of seven had broken away at the front of the field and it appeared as though Kent was playing it cool at the rear of it, waiting for an opportunity to attack in the closing laps. Any such plan unravelled though with ten laps to go when race direction imposed a penalty on the championship leader, forcing him to drop a position for exceeding track limits too often. With the chase group over four seconds behind him, Kent’s penalty not only relegated him to eighth but destroyed any hopes he had of contending for the victory.

Leopard’s fortunes took another nosedive moments later with Efren Vazquez crashing out of fifth and with two key rivals out of the reckoning, it was left to five riders to dispute the victory. Romano Fenati and Brad Binder both led on occasions but their challenges faded with three to go, putting all of KTM’s hopes on the shoulders of Oliveira against a pair of home chargers on Hondas.

The Portuguese rider lost the advantage halfway around the penultimate lap as Niccolo Antonelli set his sights on a second career win but Bastianini, chasing his first, timed his attack to perfection and grabbed the lead back at turn eleven on the final lap, leaving his rivals no chance to respond. As a result, the Gresini rider clinched a maiden Grand Prix win by three hundredths of a second with Oliveira pipping Antonelli to second. Fenati beat Binder to fourth while Kent salvaged sixth after his mid-race penalty.

Alexis Masbou took seventh ahead of Francesco Bagnaia and Isaac Vinales while Philipp Oettl completed the top ten.

 

MOTO3 GP TIM DI SAN MARINO E DELLA RIVIERA DI RIMINI: RACE RESULT

PosRiderConstructorTeamTime/Gap
133. Enea BastianiniHondaJunior Team Gresini Moto339:43.673
244. Miguel OliveiraKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo+0.037
323. Niccolo AntonelliHondaOngetta-Rivacold+0.345
45. Romano FenatiKTMSky Racing Team VR46+0.584
541. Brad BinderKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo+0.637
652. Danny KentHondaLeopard Racing+8.000
710. Alexis MasbouHondaSaxoprint-RTG+11.654
821. Francesco BagnaiaMahindraMapfre Mahindra Team+11.776
932. Isaac VinalesKTMRBA Racing Team+11.839
1065. Philipp OettlKTMSchedl GP Racing+11.973
1148. Lorenzo Dalla PortaHusqvarnaHusqvarna Factory Laglisse+12.187
1211. Livio LoiHondaRW Racing GP+12.214
1316. Andrea MignoKTMSky Racing Team VR46+12.532
1429. Stefano ManziMahindraSan Carlo Team Italia+19.260
1588. Jorge MartinMahindraMapfre Mahindra Team+24.296
1676. Hiroki OnoHondaLeopard Racing+25.724
1784. Jakub KornfeilKTMDrive M7 SIC Racing Team+25.818
1840. Darryn BinderMahindraOutox Reset Drink Team+26.148
1917. John McPheeHondaSaxoprint-RTG+26.228
2091. Gabriel RodrigoKTMRBA Racing Team+26.774
2198. Karel HanikaKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo+29.251
2219. Alessandro TonucciMahindraOutox Reset Drink Team+34.186
2312. Matteo FerrariMahindraSan Carlo Team Italia+35.184
246. Maria HerreraHusqvarnaHusqvarna Factory Laglisse+41.319
2531. Niklas AjoKTMRBA Racing Team+56.219
2690. Adrian GyutaiTVRTurvital di Vitali Ordeo+1 Lap
NC58. Juanfran GuevaraMahindraMapfre Mahindra Team+1 Lap
NC63. Zulfahmi KhairuddinKTMDrive M7 SIC Racing Team+1 Lap
NC24. Tatsuki SuzukiMahindraCIP+8 Laps
NC7. Efren VazquezHondaLeopard Racing+9 Laps
NC2. Remy GardnerMahindraCIP+17 Laps
NC95. Jules DaniloHondaOngetta-Rivacold+20 Laps
NS9. Jorge NavarroHondaEstrella Galicia 0,0Injured
NS20. Fabio QuartararoHondaEstrella Galicia 0,0Injured
NS55. Andrea LocatelliHondaJunior Team Gresini Moto3Injured