Martin Hangs on to Win at Mugello

by Louis Suddaby

Jorge Martin held off Marco Bezzecchi and Fabio Di Giannantonio in a three-way photo finish to take his third victory of the season at Mugello. The Spaniard played his tactics to perfection in an intriguing race to close the gap on Bezzecchi at the top of the world championship to three points.

Before the race got underway, hopes were high for a repeat of previous years when the lightweight class produced leading groups of over a dozen riders. Martin had other ideas however and the polesitter set a blistering early pace which stretched the pack out, with only Bezzecchi and Di Giannantonio able to give chase.

The odds appeared to be favouring Bezzecchi whose KTM would often breeze past the Gresini Hondas on the start/finish straight, but Martin’s superior tactics on the final lap swung the race his way. Bezzecchi looked set to lead into San Donato for the final time but outbraked himself into the right-hander, allowing Martin and Di Giannantonio through, and Jorge’s deliberately wide line into the last corner give him enough of a slingshot to beat Bezzecchi to the line by 0.019s.

The traditional Mugello madness came in the fight for fourth with Gabriel Rodrigo outdragging 2017 winner Andrea Migno to take the position. Enea Bastianini and Tony Arbolino were inches further back in sixth and seventh while three more Italians rounded out the top ten in the form of Lorenzo Dalla Porta, Niccolo Antonelli and Junior World Championship leader Manuel Pagliani on the Leopard wildcard machine.


Moto3 Grand Premio d’Italia Oakley: (Result)

188. Jorge MartinHondaDel Conca Gresini Moto339:20.810
212. Marco BezzecchiKTMRedox PruestelGP+0.019
321. Fabio Di GiannantonioHondaDel Conca Gresini Moto3+0.043
419. Gabriel RodrigoKTMRBA BOE Skull Rider+10.948
516. Andrea MignoKTMAngel Nieto Team Moto3+11.083
633. Enea BastianiniHondaLeopard Racing+11.165
714. Tony ArbolinoHondaMarinelli Snipers Team+11.194
848. Lorenzo Dalla PortaHondaLeopard Racing+14.567
923. Niccolo AntonelliHondaSIC58 Squadra Corse+14.676
1096. Manuel PaglianiHondaLeopard Junior Team+14.682
1144. Aron CanetHondaEstrella Galicia 0,0+14.693
1217. John McPheeKTMCIP - Green Power+14.720
1340. Darryn BinderKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo+14.733
1475. Albert ArenasKTMAngel Nieto Team Moto3+14.770
1542. Marcos RamirezKTMBester Capital Dubai+15.237
1671. Ayumu SasakiHondaPetronas Sprinta Racing+15.271
1724. Tatsuki SuzukiHondaSIC58 Squadra Corse+15.368
1872. Alonso LopezHondaEstrella Galicia 0,0+15.631
1965. Philipp OettlKTMSudmetal Schedl GP Racing+15.953
2027. Kaito TobaHondaHonda Team Asia+15.983
218. Nicolo BulegaKTMSky Racing Team VR46+16.030
2222. Kazuki MasakiKTMRBA BOE Skull Rider+22.492
2384. Jakub KornfeilKTMRedox PruestelGP+22.520
2411. Livio LoiKTMReale Avintia Academy+50.691
2541. Nakarin AtiratphuvapatHondaHonda Team Asia+1:23.045
NC76. Makar YurchenkoKTMCIP - Green Power+2 Laps
NC5. Jaume MasiaKTMBester Capital Dubai+4 Laps
NC10. Dennis FoggiaKTMSky Racing Team VR46+14 Laps
NC81. Stefano NepaKTMNRT Junior Team+15 Laps
NC7. Adam NorrodinHondaPetronas Sprinta Racing+18 Laps

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