Mir Shows His Class to Beat Fenati at Brno

Joan Mir leads Romano Fenati (Photo Credit: MotoGP.com)

Joan Mir extended his Moto3 championship lead to 42 points with another narrow victory over Romano Fenati at Brno. The Spaniard triumphed in wet conditions in the Czech Republic to claim his sixth win of the season and the latest to come at the expense of Fenati who finished second for the fourth race in succession.

All eyes at the start were on the two RBA KTMs after they had claimed unlikely front row starts and although Gabriel Rodrigo had the honour of starting from pole, it was his team-mate Juanfran Guevara who led a four-rider breakaway, joined by Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Bo Bendsneyder, as well as the two championship protagonists.

The natural order didn’t start to establish itself until the final six laps with Fenati finally hitting the front for the first time, outbraking Bendsneyder into turn three. Mir would soon make his move though, scything through into the lead two laps later and while the title rivals would go on to trade fastest laps in the latter stages, Mir would retain a slight advantage at the chequered flag.

It looked as though Bendsneyder and Guevara would have the third-place battle to themselves but they hadn’t bargained for a hard-charging Aron Canet who produced a blistering series of laps to reel the KTM pair in, despite lying as low as twelfth at half distance. The Estrella Galicia rider timed his chase to perfection, powering past Bendsneyder for third on the final lap with Guevara demoted to fifth in the end.

John McPhee couldn’t quite hit the heights of last year, finishing sixth ahead of Marcos Ramirez while Tatsuki Suzuki and Adam Norrodin finished strongly to take eighth and ninth respectively. Thai rookie Nakarin Atiratphuvapat rounded out the top ten, just reward for the youngster who ran in the podium positions in the early going.


Moto3 Monster Energy Grand Prix Ceske Republiky: Result

136. Joan MirHondaLeopard Racing44:41.31425
25. Romano FenatiHondaMarinelli Rivacold Snipers+0.35020
344. Aron CanetHondaEstrella Galicia 0,0+3.07816
464. Bo BendsneyderKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo+4.59813
558. Juanfran GuevaraKTMRBA BOE Racing Team+4.88211
617. John McPheeHondaBritish Talent Team+8.34310
742. Marcos RamirezKTMPlatinum Bay Real Estate+9.5979
824. Tatsuki SuzukiHondaSIC58 Squadra Corse+10.2348
97. Adam NorrodinHondaSIC Racing Team+10.3957
1041. Nakarin AtiratphuvapatHondaHonda Team Asia+10.9136
1116. Andrea MignoKTMSky Racing Team VR46+11.1485
1275. Albert ArenasMahindraMahindra Gaviota Aspar+12.0854
1365. Philipp OettlKTMSüdmetall Schedl GP Racing+14.2663
1410. Dennis FoggiaKTMPlatinum Bay Real Estate+14.2712
1571. Ayumu SasakiHondaSIC Racing Team+14.3111
1614. Tony ArbolinoHondaSIC58 Squadra Corse+14.404
1733. Enea BastianiniHondaEstrella Galicia 0,0+14.449
1877. Tim GeorgiKTMFreudenberg Racing Team+15.144
1948. Lorenzo Dalla PortaMahindraMahindra Gaviota Aspar+20.312
2084. Jakub KornfeilPeugeotPeugeot MC Saxoprint+23.680
2121. Fabio Di GiannantonioHondaDel Conca Gresini Moto3+23.935
2212. Marco BezzecchiMahindraCIP+24.772
238. Nicolo BulegaKTMSky Racing Team VR46+24.831
2423. Niccolo AntonelliKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo+25.143
2596. Manuel PaglianiMahindraCIP+38.836
2619. Gabriel RodrigoKTMRBA BOE Racing Team+42.433
2711. Livio LoiHondaLeopard Racing+42.497
2818. Gabriel Martinez-AbregoKTMMotomex Team Moto3+47.923
2927. Kaito TobaHondaHonda Team Asia+48.013
304. Patrik PulkkinenPeugeotPeugeot MC Saxoprint+48.407
NC95. Jules DaniloHondaMarinelli Rivacold Snipers+19 Laps
NC6. Maria HerreraKTMAGR Team+19 Laps
NS88. Jorge MartinHondaDel Conca Gresini Moto3