Mir Stretches Clear with Sachsenring Victory

by Louis Suddaby

Joan Mir stamped his authority on the Moto3 championship battle with victory over Romano Fenati at the Sachsenring. The Spaniard made the decisive move at the penultimate corner to take his fifth win of the year and with his other title rival Aron Canet crashing out, Mir heads into the summer break with a 37 point advantage.

Canet had shocked Mir with a last ditch effort to grab pole position on Saturday but once he had been outdragged on the approach to turn one, the Estrella Galicia rider never had the pace to back up his qualifying performance. Having fallen to thirteenth at one stage, Canet was struggling to minimize the damage to his championship challenge but a crash at turn twelve saw him leave Germany empty handed.

A leading group of five pulled away at the front with Mir and Fenati joined by a pair of KTMs as Marcos Ramirez and Nicolo Bulega gave chase. The surprise contender at the front was SIC58 rider Tony Arbolino with the 16-year-old rookie matching the leading pace but any hope of a career-best result disappeared in unfortunate circumstances with a painful highside at turn three.

With Bulega fading in the closing stages, the fight for victory became a three-way scrap and Fenati looked to have made the decisive move at the end of the penultimate lap, outbraking Mir into turn twelve. Once again though, the Leopard rider had the superior tactics and handed Fenati a dose of his own medicine, diving up the inside at the same corner on the last tour to secure victory.

Ramirez crossed the two tenths back in third to claim his maiden Grand Prix podium while Bulega came home a lonely fourth. Home favourite Philipp Oettl finished fifth ahead of Enea Bastianini and Livio Loi while Bo Bendsneyder put the disaster of his home race behind him to take eighth, edging out Tatsuki Suzuki and Darryn Binder.


Moto3 GoPro Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland – Result

136. Joan MirHondaLeopard Racing39:34.77525
25. Romano FenatiHondaMarinelli Rivacold Snipers+0.12120
342. Marcos RamirezKTMPlatinum Bay Real Estate+0.21816
48. Nicolo BulegaKTMSky Racing Team VR46+5.07413
565. Philipp OettlKTMSüdmetall Schedl GP Racing+13.07311
633. Enea BastianiniHondaEstrella Galicia 0,0+13.65010
711. Livio LoiHondaLeopard Racing+14.3189
864. Bo BendsneyderKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo+14.4668
924. Tatsuki SuzukiHondaSIC58 Squadra Corse+14.5837
1040. Darryn BinderKTMPlatinum Bay Real Estate+14.6666
1121. Fabio Di GiannantonioHondaDel Conca Gresini Moto3+15.4385
1258. Juanfran GuevaraKTMRBA BOE Racing Team+16.1464
137. Adam NorrodinHondaSIC Racing Team+16.2343
1495. Jules DaniloHondaMarinelli Rivacold Snipers+16.3242
1512. Marco BezzecchiMahindraCIP+17.6031
1616. Andrea MignoKTMSky Racing Team VR46+17.752
1771. Ayumu SasakiHondaSIC Racing Team+17.845
1884. Jakub KornfeilPeugeotPeugeot MC Saxoprint+17.863
1948. Lorenzo Dalla PortaMahindraMahindra Gaviota Aspar+40.054
2096. Manuel PaglianiMahindraCIP+40.254
2127. Kaito TobaHondaHonda Team Asia+40.521
2231. Raul FernandezMahindraMahindra Gaviota Aspar+1:09.377
2341. Nakarin AtiratphuvapatHondaHonda Team Asia+1:09.466
2477. Tim GeorgiKTMFreudenberg Racing Team+1:09.590
254. Patrik PulkkinenPeugeotPeugeot MC Saxoprint+1:13.004
266. Maria HerreraKTMAGR Team+2 Laps
NC19. Gabriel RodrigoKTMRBA BOE Racing Team+1 Lap
NC14. Tony ArbolinoHondaSIC58 Squadra Corse+8 Laps
NC44. Aron CanetHondaEstrella Galicia 0,0+12 Laps
NC52. Danny KentKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo+12 Laps
NC17. John McPheeHondaBritish Talent Team+21 Laps
NQ88. Jorge MartinHondaDel Conca Gresini Moto3Injured

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