Canet Beats Fenati in Final Corner Shootout


Aron Canet - Photo Credit: MotoGP.com

Aron Canet got the better of Romano Fenati at the very last corner to take his second career victory in the Dutch TT at Assen. The Spaniard struck at the final chicane to beat Fenati by three hundredths of a second while championship leader Joan Mir was relegated to ninth in a frantic finish among the leading group.

With yesterday’s qualifying session affected by rain, a number of competitive riders were out of position with Fenati forced to come through from fifteenth on the grid. The Marinelli rider made rapid progress though, gaining eight spots on the first lap alone before climbing to the front on lap six, passing polesitter Jorge Martin at De Strubben.

Fenati had established himself at the front of a six-rider breakaway but a chasing group of five was starting to close them down at half-distance. This pack contained John McPhee who had qualified down in nineteenth but the Briton’s sensational pace saw him threatening a first victory of the season with both groups converging together at the front.

Mir led into the final lap but the Leopard rider, who had displayed immaculate tactics in final lap battles earlier in the season, was unable to keep his pursuers at bay this time. Exiting the Duikersloot, Joan was swallowed up as Fenati powered into the lead but the last word would go to Canet who outbraked Romano into the Timmer chicane, eventually hanging on to win by 0.035s.

McPhee pipped Martin to claim a sensational podium while Jules Danilo took a career-best fifth on the second Marinelli Rivacold Honda. Marcos Ramirez flew the flag for KTM again in sixth ahead of Gabriel Rodrigo and Tatsuki Suzuki with Mir losing so much ground in the chase to the finish line, he fell to ninth. Home supporters had all hopes pinned on Bo Bendsneyder but the Dutchman crashed exiting the final chicane and although his machine crossed the finish line, Bendsneyder was no longer aboard and was declared a non-finisher.

 

Moto3 Motul TT Assen – Race Result

PosRiderConstructorTeamTime/GapPts
144. Aron CanetHondaEstrella Galicia 0,038:20.36425
25. Romano FenatiHondaMarinelli Rivacold Snipers+0.03520
317. John McPheeHondaBritish Talent Team+0.11716
488. Jorge MartinHondaDel Conca Gresini Moto3+0.31013
595. Jules DaniloHondaMarinelli Rivacold Snipers+0.53211
642. Marcos RamirezKTMPlatinum Bay Real Estate+0.59410
719. Gabriel RodrigoKTMRBA BOE Racing Team+0.6519
824. Tatsuki SuzukiHondaSIC58 Squadra Corse+0.6798
936. Joan MirHondaLeopard Racing+0.9807
108. Nicolo BulegaKTMSky Racing Team VR46+6.9726
1165. Philipp OettlKTMSüdmetall Schedl GP Racing+8.1965
1258. Juanfran GuevaraKTMRBA BOE Racing Team+9.2004
1340. Darryn BinderKTMPlatinum Bay Real Estate+10.7463
1416. Andrea MignoKTMSky Racing Team VR46+10.8902
1571. Ayumu SasakiHondaSIC Racing Team+10.9201
1612. Marco BezzecchiMahindraCIP+16.249
1784. Jakub KornfeilPeugeotPeugeot MC Saxoprint+16.344
1841. Nakarin AtiratphuvapatHondaHonda Team Asia+16.479
1927. Kaito TobaHondaHonda Team Asia+33.845
206. Maria HerreraKTMAGR Team+34.172
2111. Livio LoiHondaLeopard Racing+34.338
224. Patrik PulkkinenPeugeotPeugeot MC Saxoprint+48.171
NC7. Adam NorrodinHondaSIC Racing Team+1 Lap
NC64. Bo BendsneyderKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo+1 Lap
NC31. Raul FernandezMahindraMahindra Gaviota Aspar+2 Laps
NC33. Enea BastianiniHondaEstrella Galicia 0,0+8 Laps
NC48. Lorenzo Dalla PortaMahindraMahindra Gaviota Aspar+8 Laps
NC14. Tony ArbolinoHondaSIC58 Squadra Corse+15 Laps
NC96. Manuel PaglianiMahindraCIP+16 Laps
NC21. Fabio Di GiannantonioHondaDel Conca Gresini Moto3+19 Laps
NC28. Ryan van de LagemaatKTMLamotec Lagemaat Racing+20 Laps
NC23. Niccolo AntonelliKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo+22 Laps