Andrea Migno took a remarkable maiden Moto3 victory in an Italian Grand Prix which will go down as an all-time classic. In true Mugello fashion, slipstreaming was the name of the game in a sensational group fight with just over three seconds covering the first 21 riders across the finish line, Migno beating Fabio Di Giannantonio by 0.037s.
The headlines after qualifying surrounded Jorge Martin who saw pole position stripped from him after being adjudged to have ridden too slowly on the racing line during qualifying. The Spaniard was relegated to thirteenth but made light of his punishment in the early laps, slicing through the field to lead by the end of lap four.
Martin wouldn’t be the only rider to enjoy a spell at the front with no fewer than ten men leading across the line at stage in proceedings. Di Giannantonio was never far from the sharp end and looked to make the decisive move with two laps remaining, winning the battle on the brakes into San Donato. Juanfran Guevara had other ideas though, diving straight past into turn two, ensuring he would lead into the last lap.
Di Giannantonio looked to repeat his move from a lap prior but he hadn’t bargained for the bravery of Migno who outbraked his compatriot into San Donato. The sprint to the finish line would prove pivotal but Andrea’s exit from Bucine was just good enough to hold the Gresini rider off, ensuring a maiden win for Migno and KTM’s first success of the season.
Guevara took his first rostrum in third, denying Darryn Binder that honour, while Aron Canet edged out polesitter John McPhee for fifth to move second in the championship. Overall leader Joan Mir escaped with nine points for seventh after outdragging Ayumu Sasaki to the line with Marcos Ramirez and Nicolo Bulega rounding out a top ten covered by a mere 1.1 seconds. Early leader Martin was forced to settle for the final point in fifteenth, just four tenths further back.
Moto3 Gran Premio d’Italia Oakley – Race Result
|1||16. Andrea Migno||KTM||Sky Racing Team VR46||39:43.963||25|
|2||21. Fabio Di Giannantonio||Honda||Del Conca Gresini Moto3||+0.037||20|
|3||58. Juanfran Guevara||KTM||RBA BOE Racing Team||+0.166||16|
|4||40. Darryn Binder||KTM||Platinum Bay Real Estate||+0.362||13|
|5||44. Aron Canet||Honda||Estrella Galicia 0,0||+0.364||11|
|6||17. John McPhee||Honda||British Talent Team||+0.419||10|
|7||36. Joan Mir||Honda||Leopard Racing||+0.556||9|
|8||71. Ayumu Sasaki||Honda||SIC Racing Team||+0.710||8|
|9||42. Marcos Ramirez||KTM||Platinum Bay Real Estate||+0.772||7|
|10||8. Nicolo Bulega||KTM||Sky Racing Team VR46||+1.125||6|
|11||33. Enea Bastianini||Honda||Estrella Galicia 0,0||+1.229||5|
|12||64. Bo Bendsneyder||KTM||Red Bull KTM Ajo||+1.261||4|
|13||5. Romano Fenati||Honda||Marinelli Rivacold Snipers||+1.461||3|
|14||65. Philipp Oettl||KTM||Südmetall Schedl GP Racing||+1.524||2|
|15||88. Jorge Martin||Honda||Del Conca Gresini Moto3||+1.553||1|
|16||23. Niccolo Antonelli||KTM||Red Bull KTM Ajo||+1.858|
|17||12. Marco Bezzecchi||Mahindra||CIP||+2.259|
|18||7. Adam Norrodin||Honda||SIC Racing Team||+2.272|
|19||48. Lorenzo Dalla Porta||Mahindra||MAHINDRA Northgate Aspar||+2.319|
|20||84. Jakub Kornfeil||Peugeot||Peugeot MC Saxoprint||+3.053|
|21||14. Tony Arbolino||Honda||SIC58 Squadra Corse||+3.476|
|22||96. Manuel Pagliani||Mahindra||CIP||+11.162|
|23||11. Livio Loi||Honda||Leopard Racing||+17.713|
|24||41. Nakarin Atiratphuvapat||Honda||Honda Team Asia||+37.687|
|25||27. Kaito Toba||Honda||Honda Team Asia||+37.688|
|26||6. Maria Herrera||KTM||AGR Team||+37.776|
|27||4. Patrik Pulkkinen||Peugeot||Peugeot MC Saxoprint||+37.887|
|NC||24. Tatsuki Suzuki||Honda||SIC58 Squadra Corse||+1 Lap|
|NC||75. Albert Arenas||Mahindra||MAHINDRA Northgate Aspar||+1 Lap|
|NC||95. Jules Danilo||Honda||Marinelli Rivacold Snipers||+11 Laps|
|NC||30. Edoardo Sintoni||Mahindra||3570-MTA||+13 Laps|
|NQ||19. Gabriel Rodrigo||KTM||RBA BOE Racing Team||Injured|