Aron Canet got the better of Romano Fenati at the very last corner to take his second career victory in the Dutch TT at Assen. The Spaniard struck at the final chicane to beat Fenati by three hundredths of a second while championship leader Joan Mir was relegated to ninth in a frantic finish among the leading group.
With yesterday’s qualifying session affected by rain, a number of competitive riders were out of position with Fenati forced to come through from fifteenth on the grid. The Marinelli rider made rapid progress though, gaining eight spots on the first lap alone before climbing to the front on lap six, passing polesitter Jorge Martin at De Strubben.
Fenati had established himself at the front of a six-rider breakaway but a chasing group of five was starting to close them down at half-distance. This pack contained John McPhee who had qualified down in nineteenth but the Briton’s sensational pace saw him threatening a first victory of the season with both groups converging together at the front.
Mir led into the final lap but the Leopard rider, who had displayed immaculate tactics in final lap battles earlier in the season, was unable to keep his pursuers at bay this time. Exiting the Duikersloot, Joan was swallowed up as Fenati powered into the lead but the last word would go to Canet who outbraked Romano into the Timmer chicane, eventually hanging on to win by 0.035s.
McPhee pipped Martin to claim a sensational podium while Jules Danilo took a career-best fifth on the second Marinelli Rivacold Honda. Marcos Ramirez flew the flag for KTM again in sixth ahead of Gabriel Rodrigo and Tatsuki Suzuki with Mir losing so much ground in the chase to the finish line, he fell to ninth. Home supporters had all hopes pinned on Bo Bendsneyder but the Dutchman crashed exiting the final chicane and although his machine crossed the finish line, Bendsneyder was no longer aboard and was declared a non-finisher.
Moto3 Motul TT Assen – Race Result
|1||44. Aron Canet||Honda||Estrella Galicia 0,0||38:20.364||25|
|2||5. Romano Fenati||Honda||Marinelli Rivacold Snipers||+0.035||20|
|3||17. John McPhee||Honda||British Talent Team||+0.117||16|
|4||88. Jorge Martin||Honda||Del Conca Gresini Moto3||+0.310||13|
|5||95. Jules Danilo||Honda||Marinelli Rivacold Snipers||+0.532||11|
|6||42. Marcos Ramirez||KTM||Platinum Bay Real Estate||+0.594||10|
|7||19. Gabriel Rodrigo||KTM||RBA BOE Racing Team||+0.651||9|
|8||24. Tatsuki Suzuki||Honda||SIC58 Squadra Corse||+0.679||8|
|9||36. Joan Mir||Honda||Leopard Racing||+0.980||7|
|10||8. Nicolo Bulega||KTM||Sky Racing Team VR46||+6.972||6|
|11||65. Philipp Oettl||KTM||Südmetall Schedl GP Racing||+8.196||5|
|12||58. Juanfran Guevara||KTM||RBA BOE Racing Team||+9.200||4|
|13||40. Darryn Binder||KTM||Platinum Bay Real Estate||+10.746||3|
|14||16. Andrea Migno||KTM||Sky Racing Team VR46||+10.890||2|
|15||71. Ayumu Sasaki||Honda||SIC Racing Team||+10.920||1|
|16||12. Marco Bezzecchi||Mahindra||CIP||+16.249|
|17||84. Jakub Kornfeil||Peugeot||Peugeot MC Saxoprint||+16.344|
|18||41. Nakarin Atiratphuvapat||Honda||Honda Team Asia||+16.479|
|19||27. Kaito Toba||Honda||Honda Team Asia||+33.845|
|20||6. Maria Herrera||KTM||AGR Team||+34.172|
|21||11. Livio Loi||Honda||Leopard Racing||+34.338|
|22||4. Patrik Pulkkinen||Peugeot||Peugeot MC Saxoprint||+48.171|
|NC||7. Adam Norrodin||Honda||SIC Racing Team||+1 Lap|
|NC||64. Bo Bendsneyder||KTM||Red Bull KTM Ajo||+1 Lap|
|NC||31. Raul Fernandez||Mahindra||Mahindra Gaviota Aspar||+2 Laps|
|NC||33. Enea Bastianini||Honda||Estrella Galicia 0,0||+8 Laps|
|NC||48. Lorenzo Dalla Porta||Mahindra||Mahindra Gaviota Aspar||+8 Laps|
|NC||14. Tony Arbolino||Honda||SIC58 Squadra Corse||+15 Laps|
|NC||96. Manuel Pagliani||Mahindra||CIP||+16 Laps|
|NC||21. Fabio Di Giannantonio||Honda||Del Conca Gresini Moto3||+19 Laps|
|NC||28. Ryan van de Lagemaat||KTM||Lamotec Lagemaat Racing||+20 Laps|
|NC||23. Niccolo Antonelli||KTM||Red Bull KTM Ajo||+22 Laps|