Loi Takes Shock Win at Rain-Hit Indianapolis

Livio Loi claimed an unforgettable first Grand Prix victory of his career amid scenes of chaos and confusion in Indianapolis. The Belgian teenager made an inspired decision to start on slick tyres despite pre-race rain and the call ultimately propelled him to one of Grand Prix racing’s most surprising wins.

Rain had started to fall following the MotoGP warm-up session and the field decided almost unanimously to start on wet weather tyres although John McPhee made a last-ditch call to switch. Although he had changed to the correct tyres, the lateness of the decision forced the Scotsman to start from the pitlane.

Danny Kent was quickly outdragged off the start line as the championship leader took an understandably cautious approach, falling to fourth behind an unlikely top three of Alexis Masbou, Efren Vazquez and debutant Lorenzo Dalla Porta. The order would transform completely in the early laps though with the vast majority of the field realising their wet tyres wouldn’t last the distance, forcing them to make a painfully long pit-stop.

Kent’s was longer than most as he fell to 25th but every rider that needed a tyre change lost a full lap while their mechanics got to work. The only rider to get off lightly was Philipp Oettl who switched on the very first lap, getting back up to speed quicker than anyone else, and the German was up to third behind McPhee and the runaway leader Loi who had started on slicks in the first place.

Thanks to their strategic masterstroke, Loi, McPhee and Oettl had an enormous advantage with the RW Racing rider 20 seconds clear of McPhee who himself had ten seconds in hand over Oettl. The only danger to their maiden rostrum finishes was a collision with riders unlapping themselves but Loi steered clear of potential problems to take a scarcely believable win while McPhee and Oettl completed the podium.

Romano Fenati had his Sky VR46 mechanics to thank after their quick tyre change secured the Italian fourth place with Isaac Vinales a fine fifth on his first appearance for RBA. With Kent out of the points, Enea Bastianini scored ten valuable points to close the gap to the Briton having edged out Niccolo Antonelli, Brad Binder and Jorge Navarro in an entertaining tussle.



111. Livio LoiHondaRW Racing GP40:50.747
217. John McPheeHondaSaxoprint-RTG+38.860
365. Philipp OettlKTMSchedl GP Racing+57.781
45. Romano FenatiKTMSky Racing Team VR46+1:15.296
532. Isaac VinalesKTMRBA Racing Team+1:19.814
633. Enea BastianiniHondaJunior Team Gresini Moto3+1:23.801
723. Niccolo AntonelliHondaOngetta-Rivacold+1:24.586
841. Brad BinderKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo+1:24.659
99. Jorge NavarroHondaEstrella Galicia 0,0+1:25.292
1088. Jorge MartinMahindraMapfre Mahindra Team+1:35.105
1120. Fabio QuartararoHondaEstrella Galicia 0,0+1:35.784
1298. Karel HanikaKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo+1:35.801
1355. Andrea LocatelliHondaJunior Team Gresini Moto3+1:35.913
1495. Jules DaniloHondaOngetta-Rivacold+1:36.059
1544. Miguel OliveiraKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo+1:43.209
1619. Alessandro TonucciMahindraOutox Reset Drink Team+1:49.006
172. Remy GardnerMahindraCIP+1 Lap
1858. Juanfran GuevaraMahindraMapfre Mahindra Team+1 Lap
1929. Stefano ManziMahindraSan Carlo Team Italia+1 Lap
2016. Andrea MignoKTMSky Racing Team VR46+1 Lap
2152. Danny KentHondaLeopard Racing+1 Lap
2284. Jakub KornfeilKTMDrive M7 SIC Racing Team+1 Lap
2324. Tatsuki SuzukiMahindraCIP+1 Lap
246. Maria HerreraHusqvarnaHusqvarna Factory Laglisse+1 Lap
2563. Zulfahmi KhairuddinKTMDrive M7 SIC Racing Team+1 Lap
2676. Hiroki OnoHondaLeopard Racing+1 Lap
2740. Darryn BinderMahindraOutox Reset Drink Team+1 Lap
2848. Lorenzo Dalla PortaHusqvarnaHusqvarna Factory Laglisse+1 Lap
2912. Matteo FerrariMahindraSan Carlo Team Italia+1 Lap
3031. Niklas AjoKTMRBA Racing Team+1 Lap
3191. Gabriel RodrigoKTMRBA Racing Team+1 Lap
3210. Alexis MasbouHondaSaxoprint-RTG+1 Lap
NC7. Efren VazquezHondaLeopard Racing+8 Laps
NC21. Francesco BagnaiaMahindraMapfre Mahindra Team+12 Laps