Aron Canet put the heartbreak of Texas behind him to claim his first Grand Prix victory on home soil at Jerez. The Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider, who crashed out of the lead in the United States, outbraked Romano Fenati into the final corner to take his first win by just three hundredths of a second in a thrilling finish.
With polesitter Jorge Martin never really figuring in the fight for victory, and John McPhee crashing from the lower reaches of the points positions, Joan Mir and Fenati had a golden opportunity to pull clear in the championship battle but they faced two unlikely threats in the form of the Platinum Bay Real Estate KTMs.
Darryn Binder, younger brother of reigning Moto3 champion Brad, led a Grand Prix for the first time but his dream died on lap eleven, the South African crashing out at the last corner after tangling with Fenati. His team-mate Marcos Ramirez kept his head though and with a lap to go, the Spaniard still had victory in his sights.
Fenati led into the final lap before being slipstreamed into the Dry Sac hairpin by Mir but a huge moment on the exit of turn seven allowed the Italian back up the inside again. Canet forced his way past Ramirez in the meantime and approaching the last corner, the teenager dived up the inside of the two title challengers, gaining two places and securing a memorable first win.
Ramirez had to settle for fourth with Fabio Di Giannantonio the leading Gresini rider in fifth ahead of Sky VR46’s Andrea Migno. Nicolo Bulega’s difficult season continued in seventh while Enea Bastianini relegated pole-sitter Martin to ninth by the finish.
Moto3 Gran Premio Red Bull de Espana – Race Result
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