Bagnaia Wins All-Italian Shootout at Assen

Francesco Bagnaia made history by claiming his maiden Grand Prix victory at Assen, the first ever win for Indian manufacturer Mahindra. The 19 year old won a sensational scrap against four of his fellow countrymen as Italian riders filled the top five positions, Bagnaia taking the honours in a photo finish ahead of Fabio Di Giannantonio and Andrea Migno.

In a season full of dramatic races, Moto3 delivered another classic under sunny skies in the Netherlands with thirteen riders making up the leading group. That would drop to a dozen on lap sixteen as championship leader Brad Binder made his first significant mistake of the season, losing the back end of his KTM at Ramshoek and taking a detour across the grass. The South African returned to the track safely but any hopes of a fourth win in 2016 were dashed.

Polesitter Enea Bastianini was the next to drop out of contention after tripping over Nicolo Bulega at Mandeveen but five other Italians still harboured hopes of victory heading into the last lap. Bagnaia led across the line but was quickly outdragged on the way into turn one by Niccolo Antonelli’s Honda. The Ongetta-Rivacold rider’s spell in front was equally brief though as Romano Fenati breezed past on the back straight towards Ruskenhoek.

The Sky VR46 rider maintained the lead until the fast, sweeping Ramshoek corner as his teammate Migno muscled up the inside having overtaken three riders by exceeding track limits at turn thirteen. Crucially, Bagnaia followed through and after following Migno through the Timmer chicane, the Mahindra man edged ahead on the short sprint to the finish line.

Migno crossed the line in second but his earlier overtake was deemed illegal, costing him second to Di Giannantonio who had dived past Fenati at the final chicane. Migno still secured his maiden Moto3 rostrum in third with Fenati holding off Antonelli for fourth while Jules Danilo finished an excellent sixth on the back of the group.

Nicolo Bulega had to settle for seventh after tangling with Bastianini while Joan Mir saw off home favourite Bo Bendsneyder and Estrella Galicia stand-in Lorenzo Dalla Porta for eighth. Binder meanwhile trailed home in twelfth to rescue four championship points.


Moto3 Motul TT Assen (Race Result)

121. Francesco BagnaiaMahindraASPAR MAHINDRA Team Moto338:11.53525
24. Fabio Di GiannantonioHondaGresini Racing Moto3+0.03920
316. Andrea MignoKTMSky Racing Team VR46+0.018*16
45. Romano FenatiKTMSky Racing Team VR46+0.08413
523. Niccolo AntonelliHondaOngetta-Rivacold+0.13611
695. Jules DaniloHondaOngetta-Rivacold+0.16110
78. Nicolo BulegaKTMSky Racing Team VR46+0.8269
836. Joan MirKTMLeopard Racing+0.8398
964. Bo BendsneyderKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo+1.0237
1048. Lorenzo Dalla PortaHondaEstrella Galicia 0,0+1.0386
1165. Philipp OettlKTMSchedl GP Racing+1.1535
1241. Brad BinderKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo+12.1694
1384. Jakub KornfeilHondaDrive M7 SIC Racing Team+15.6413
146. Maria HerreraKTMMH6 Team+18.5182
1511. Livio LoiHondaRW Racing GP BV+18.5491
1617. John McPheePeugeotPeugeot MC Saxoprint+18.602
1740. Darryn BinderMahindraPlatinum Bay Real Estate+36.919
1843. Stefano ValtuliniMahindra3570 Team Italia+41.562
197. Adam NorrodinHondaDrive M7 SIC Racing Team+41.647
2077. Lorenzo PetrarcaMahindra3570 Team Italia+54.639
213. Fabio SpiranelliMahindraCIP-Unicom Starker+55.295
2299. Danny WebbMahindraPlatinum Bay Real Estate+1:04.271
NC33. Enea BastianiniHondaGresini Racing Moto3+4 Laps
NC55. Andrea LocatelliKTMLeopard Racing+4 Laps
NC10. Alexis MasbouPeugeotPeugeot MC Saxoprint+10 Laps
NC24. Tatsuki SuzukiMahindraCIP-Unicom Starker+10 Laps
NC58. Juanfran GuevaraKTMRBA Racing Team+15 Laps
NC44. Aron CanetHondaEstrella Galicia 0,0+16 Laps
NC19. Gabriel RodrigoKTMRBA Racing Team+21 Laps
NC20. Fabio QuartararoKTMLeopard Racing+21 Laps
NC89. Khairul Idham PawiHondaHonda Team Asia+21 Laps
NC12. Albert ArenasMahindraASPAR MAHINDRA Team Moto3+22 Laps

*One-place penalty due to illegal overtake