Enea Bastianini claimed his first victory of the 2018 Moto3 season after surviving a chaotic Catalunya Grand Prix which was littered with crashes. In a race which saw Jorge Martin tumbled out of the lead, with two more pile-ups in the leading group late on, Bastianini was the last man standing to win ahead of championship leader Marco Bezzecchi.
In the early going, the race looked to be panning out in a very similar fashion to Mugello with Martin storming into the lead, looking to reduce the number of riders in the front group. The strategy seemed to have worked with only Tatsuki Suzuki keeping pace but once the Spaniard slid out at turn nine on lap nine, the Japanese youngster was left all alone and was quickly reeled in by the chasers.
A leading group of ten formed in Martin’s absence but three would be eliminated on lap 16 as Le Mans winner Albert Arenas outbraked himself into turn four, skittling out Nicolo Bulega and Aron Canet, while two more dropped out four laps from the finish as Jaume Masia tripped over Andrea Migno.
Through all of the mayhem, Bastianini emerged as the winner after a drag race towards the first corner went his way on the final lap. Bezzecchi’s superior exit from the final corner saw him pinch second from Gabriel Rodrigo with the Argentine taking his first ever Moto3 rostrum. John McPhee finished fourth after leading onto the final lap while Suzuki took fifth after his early advantage was wiped out.
Kaito Toba was sixth while Fabio Di Giannantonio recovered from 21st after an early error to salvage seventh, just ahead of rookie trio Alonso Lopez, Dennis Foggia and Raul Fernandez.
Moto3 Gran Premi Monster de Catalunya: (Result)
|1||33. Enea Bastianini||Honda||Leopard Racing||38:36.883|
|2||12. Marco Bezzecchi||KTM||Redox PruestelGP||+0.167|
|3||19. Gabriel Rodrigo||KTM||RBA BOE Skull Rider||+0.170|
|4||17. John McPhee||KTM||CIP - Green Power||+0.257|
|5||24. Tatsuki Suzuki||Honda||SIC58 Squadra Corse||+0.639|
|6||27. Kaito Toba||Honda||Honda Team Asia||+6.801|
|7||21. Fabio Di Giannantonio||Honda||Del Conca Gresini Moto3||+6.872|
|8||72. Alonso Lopez||Honda||Estrella Galicia 0,0||+6.600|
|9||10. Dennis Foggia||KTM||Sky Racing Team VR46||+7.315|
|10||25. Raul Fernandez||KTM||Angel Nieto Team||+7.507|
|11||84. Jakub Kornfeil||KTM||Redox PruestelGP||+7.638|
|12||76. Makar Yurchenko||KTM||CIP - Green Power||+8.263|
|13||7. Adam Norrodin||Honda||Petronas Sprinta Racing||+15.256|
|14||41. Nakarin Atiratphuvapat||Honda||Honda Team Asia||+26.621|
|15||11. Livio Loi||KTM||Reale Avintia Academy 77||+28.559|
|16||65. Philipp Oettl||KTM||Sudmetal Schedl GP Racing||+32.980|
|17||48. Lorenzo Dalla Porta||Honda||Leopard Racing||+2 Laps|
|NC||5. Jaume Masia||KTM||Bester Capital Dubai||+4 Laps|
|NC||16. Andrea Migno||KTM||Angel Nieto Team Moto3||+4 Laps|
|NC||44. Aron Canet||Honda||Estrella Galicia 0,0||+6 Laps|
|NC||8. Nicolo Bulega||KTM||Sky Racing Team VR46||+6 Laps|
|NC||75. Albert Arenas||KTM||Angel Nieto Team Moto3||+6 Laps|
|NC||14. Tony Arbolino||Honda||Marinelli Snipers Team||+6 Laps|
|NC||71. Ayumu Sasaki||Honda||Petronas Sprinta Racing||+6 Laps|
|NC||42. Marcos Ramirez||KTM||Bester Capital Dubai||+7 Laps|
|NC||88. Jorge Martin||Honda||Del Conca Gresini Moto3||+13 Laps|
|NC||22. Kazuki Masaki||KTM||RBA BOE Skull Rider||+17 Laps|
|NC||40. Darryn Binder||KTM||Red Bull KTM Ajo||+21 Laps|
|NS||77. Vicente Perez||KTM||Reale Avintia Academy 77|
|NS||23. Niccolo Antonelli||Honda||SIC58 Squadra Corse|