Fenati Wins at COTA after Canet Crash

Romano Fenati - Photo Credit: MotoGP.com

Romano Fenati claimed victory at the Circuit of the Americas for the second year in succession after pre-race favourite Aron Canet crashed out of the lead in Austin. The Italian was rewarded for piling the pressure on the polesitter who eventually high-sided while battling for the lead with Fenati.

For Canet, the race will go down as a tale of what might have been with the Spaniard looking in a comfortable position when the race was red flagged on lap three. Canet had already gapped the chasing group being led by Joan Mir but with Kaito Toba having crashed and requiring trackside attention, race direction correctly halted proceedings.

At the restart, Mir fell backwards as Fenati took the fight to Canet. Given the pace advantage the Estrella Galicia rider appeared to have in his pocket, Romano knew the only way of challenging was to upset the rhythm of the teenager. Although a forceful move at turn twelve didn’t pay off, Fenati was soon rewarded with the lead when Aron suffered a dramatic high side at turn nineteen.

With the favourite out of contention, Fenati eased away to a first win since Austin 2016 while Jorge Martin fought his way to the front of the chase group to finish second, maintaining his 100% podium record in 2017. Fabio Di Giannantonio followed his team-mate home in third while Enea Bastianini and Nicolo Bulega put disappointing starts to the season behind them with fourth and fifth respectively.

Juanfran Guevara rode a fine race to finish sixth ahead of John McPhee with Joan Mir pushed all the way down to eighth in a chaotic battle for the podium spots. Philipp Oettl was ninth while Darryn Binder rounded out the top ten.


Moto3 Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas: Race Result

15. Romano FenatiHondaMarinelli Rivacold Snipers27:15.84125
288. Jorge MartinHondaDel Conca Gresini Moto3+4.50420
321. Fabio Di GiannantonioHondaDel Conca Gresini Moto3+4.52716
433. Enea BastianiniHondaEstrella Galicia 0,0+4.67313
58. Nicolo BulegaKTMSky Racing Team VR46+4.96811
658. Juanfran GuevaraKTMRBA BOE Racing Team+5.61810
717. John McPheeHondaBritish Talent Team+5.6879
836. Joan MirHondaLeopard Racing+5.8528
965. Philipp OettlKTMSüdmetall Schedl GP Racing+6.5947
1040. Darryn BinderKTMPlatinum Bay Real Estate+12.7096
1119. Gabriel RodrigoKTMRBA BOE Racing Team+13.2405
1216. Andrea MignoKTMSky Racing Team VR46+13.2854
1395. Jules DaniloHondaMarinelli Rivacold Snipers+13.2903
1423. Niccolo AntonelliKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo+13.4122
1511. Livio LoiHondaLeopard Racing+13.4911
1642. Marcos RamirezKTMPlatinum Bay Real Estate+23.922
1712. Marco BezzecchiMahindraCIP+24.347
1871. Ayumu SasakiHondaSIC Racing Team+24.650
197. Adam NorrodinHondaSIC Racing Team+24.795
2014. Tony ArbolinoHondaSIC58 Squadra Corse+25.166
2175. Albert ArenasMahindraMAHINDRA MOTARD Aspar+26.811
226. Maria HerreraKTMAGR Team+27.431
2384. Jakub KornfeilPeugeotPeugeot MC Saxoprint+37.960
2441. Nakarin AtiratphuvapatHondaHonda Team Asia+41.408
2596. Manuel PaglianiMahindraCIP+43.789
2648. Lorenzo Dalla PortaMahindraMAHINDRA MOTARD Aspar+44.004
274. Patrik PulkkinenPeugeotPeugeot MC Saxoprint+51.071
2818. Gabriel Martinez-AbregoKTMMotomex Team Moto3+51.438
NC24. Tatsuki SuzukiHondaSIC58 Squadra Corse+3 Laps
NC44. Aron CanetHondaEstrella Galicia 0,0+9 Laps
NC27. Kaito TobaHondaHonda Team Asia+9 Laps
NC64. Bo BendsneyderKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo+12 Laps