Joan Mir extended his Moto3 championship lead to 42 points with another narrow victory over Romano Fenati at Brno. The Spaniard triumphed in wet conditions in the Czech Republic to claim his sixth win of the season and the latest to come at the expense of Fenati who finished second for the fourth race in succession.
All eyes at the start were on the two RBA KTMs after they had claimed unlikely front row starts and although Gabriel Rodrigo had the honour of starting from pole, it was his team-mate Juanfran Guevara who led a four-rider breakaway, joined by Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Bo Bendsneyder, as well as the two championship protagonists.
The natural order didn’t start to establish itself until the final six laps with Fenati finally hitting the front for the first time, outbraking Bendsneyder into turn three. Mir would soon make his move though, scything through into the lead two laps later and while the title rivals would go on to trade fastest laps in the latter stages, Mir would retain a slight advantage at the chequered flag.
It looked as though Bendsneyder and Guevara would have the third-place battle to themselves but they hadn’t bargained for a hard-charging Aron Canet who produced a blistering series of laps to reel the KTM pair in, despite lying as low as twelfth at half distance. The Estrella Galicia rider timed his chase to perfection, powering past Bendsneyder for third on the final lap with Guevara demoted to fifth in the end.
John McPhee couldn’t quite hit the heights of last year, finishing sixth ahead of Marcos Ramirez while Tatsuki Suzuki and Adam Norrodin finished strongly to take eighth and ninth respectively. Thai rookie Nakarin Atiratphuvapat rounded out the top ten, just reward for the youngster who ran in the podium positions in the early going.
Moto3 Monster Energy Grand Prix Ceske Republiky: Result
|1||36. Joan Mir||Honda||Leopard Racing||44:41.314||25|
|2||5. Romano Fenati||Honda||Marinelli Rivacold Snipers||+0.350||20|
|3||44. Aron Canet||Honda||Estrella Galicia 0,0||+3.078||16|
|4||64. Bo Bendsneyder||KTM||Red Bull KTM Ajo||+4.598||13|
|5||58. Juanfran Guevara||KTM||RBA BOE Racing Team||+4.882||11|
|6||17. John McPhee||Honda||British Talent Team||+8.343||10|
|7||42. Marcos Ramirez||KTM||Platinum Bay Real Estate||+9.597||9|
|8||24. Tatsuki Suzuki||Honda||SIC58 Squadra Corse||+10.234||8|
|9||7. Adam Norrodin||Honda||SIC Racing Team||+10.395||7|
|10||41. Nakarin Atiratphuvapat||Honda||Honda Team Asia||+10.913||6|
|11||16. Andrea Migno||KTM||Sky Racing Team VR46||+11.148||5|
|12||75. Albert Arenas||Mahindra||Mahindra Gaviota Aspar||+12.085||4|
|13||65. Philipp Oettl||KTM||Südmetall Schedl GP Racing||+14.266||3|
|14||10. Dennis Foggia||KTM||Platinum Bay Real Estate||+14.271||2|
|15||71. Ayumu Sasaki||Honda||SIC Racing Team||+14.311||1|
|16||14. Tony Arbolino||Honda||SIC58 Squadra Corse||+14.404|
|17||33. Enea Bastianini||Honda||Estrella Galicia 0,0||+14.449|
|18||77. Tim Georgi||KTM||Freudenberg Racing Team||+15.144|
|19||48. Lorenzo Dalla Porta||Mahindra||Mahindra Gaviota Aspar||+20.312|
|20||84. Jakub Kornfeil||Peugeot||Peugeot MC Saxoprint||+23.680|
|21||21. Fabio Di Giannantonio||Honda||Del Conca Gresini Moto3||+23.935|
|22||12. Marco Bezzecchi||Mahindra||CIP||+24.772|
|23||8. Nicolo Bulega||KTM||Sky Racing Team VR46||+24.831|
|24||23. Niccolo Antonelli||KTM||Red Bull KTM Ajo||+25.143|
|25||96. Manuel Pagliani||Mahindra||CIP||+38.836|
|26||19. Gabriel Rodrigo||KTM||RBA BOE Racing Team||+42.433|
|27||11. Livio Loi||Honda||Leopard Racing||+42.497|
|28||18. Gabriel Martinez-Abrego||KTM||Motomex Team Moto3||+47.923|
|29||27. Kaito Toba||Honda||Honda Team Asia||+48.013|
|30||4. Patrik Pulkkinen||Peugeot||Peugeot MC Saxoprint||+48.407|
|NC||95. Jules Danilo||Honda||Marinelli Rivacold Snipers||+19 Laps|
|NC||6. Maria Herrera||KTM||AGR Team||+19 Laps|
|NS||88. Jorge Martin||Honda||Del Conca Gresini Moto3|