Red flag crowns Mir Moto3 champion

Mat Coch

Sunday 22nd October, 2017 - 2:13pm

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An early red flag for rain has seen Joan Mir take victory at Phillip Island and with it claim the 2017 Moto3 world championship.

Having started on the front row, Mir was leading at the end of lap 15, the point at which results were taken from as heavy rain fell as the field began its 17th lap.

Since the race had reached two-thirds distance before being red flagged, it was declared and not restarted, handing victory to Mir.

The result moves the Honda rider mathematically clear at the top of the championship standings, ending Romano Fenati’s slender hopes of championship glory with two rounds remaining.

Mir worked his way into the lead early in the race, but soon found himself overhauled as a swarm of chasers reeled him in as they headed into Turn 1.

It dropped the Spaniard to sixth before again rising to the lead following a move that saw him climb from sixth to first at Turn 1 on lap six.

He then opened a small gap, and though the pack closed heading into the first corner, he would again open the advantage over the eight-man lead pack during the rest of the lap.

Livio Loi climbed from 21st on the grid to end the race second, putting in a strong ride in support of team-mate Mir, making the first 1-2 for any Moto3 team in 2017.

Pole-sitter Jorge Martin ended the race third after an aggressive ride, while Fenati, who led in the opening laps, was classified sixth behind Gabriel Rodrigo and Enea Bastianini.

Australian wildcard rider Tom Toparis ended the race a lap down in 22nd while six riders were not classified.

Result: Australian Moto3 Grand Prix

Position Rider Team Bike Time/Gap
1 Joan MIR Leopard Racing Honda 24m51.490s
2 Livio LOI Leopard Racing Honda 0.351s
3 Jorge MARTIN Del Conca Gresini Moto3 Honda 0.359s
4 Gabriel RODRIGO RBA BOE Racing Team KTM 0.388s
5 Enea BASTIANINI Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda 0.408s
6 Romano FENATI Marinelli Rivacold Snipers Honda 0.808s
7 Ayumu SASAKI SIC Racing Team Honda 0.834s
8 Adam NORRODIN SIC Racing Team Honda 1.291s
9 Tatsuki SUZUKI SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda 3.648s
10 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Aspar Mahindra Moto3 Mahindra 4.005s
11 Nicolo BULEGA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM 4.036s
12 Jakub KORNFEIL Peugeot MC Saxoprint Peugeot 4.085s
13 Philipp OETTL Südmetall Schedl GP Racing KTM 4.251s
14 Andrea MIGNO SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM 6.004s
15 Manuel PAGLIANI CIP Mahindra 6.540s
16 Bo BENDSNEYDER Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 19.418s
17 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda Team Asia Honda 25.293s
18 Tony ARBOLINO SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda 40.800s
19 Maria HERRERA Aspar Mahindra Moto3 Mahindra 40.858s
20 Kaito TOBA Honda Team Asia Honda 43.698s
21 Marcos RAMIREZ Platinum Bay Real Estate KTM 1m38.853s
22 Tom TOPARIS Cube Racing KTM 1 Lap
23 Juanfran GUEVARA RBA BOE Racing Team KTM 1 Lap
24 Darryn BINDER Platinum Bay Real Estate KTM 3 Laps
Aron CANET Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda 5 Laps
Patrik PULKKINEN Peugeot MC Saxoprint Peugeot 6 Laps
Marco BEZZECCHI CIP Mahindra 8 Laps
Jules DANILO Marinelli Rivacold Snipers Honda 10 Laps
Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Del Conca Gresini Moto3 Honda 11 Laps
Niccolò ANTONELLI Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 14 Laps
John MCPHEE British Talent Team Honda

Points Standings: Moto3 World Championship

Position Rider Bike Points
1 Joan MIR Honda 296
2 Romano FENATI Honda 226
3 Aron CANET Honda 184
4 Jorge MARTIN Honda 151
5 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 146
6 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 114
7 John MCPHEE Honda 112
8 Andrea MIGNO KTM 108
9 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 107
10 Philipp OETTL KTM 104
11 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 81
12 Juanfran GUEVARA KTM 75
13 Livio LOI Honda 67
14 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 66
15 Bo BENDSNEYDER KTM 55
16 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 52
17 Adam NORRODIN Honda 37
18 Niccolò ANTONELLI KTM 36
19 Darryn BINDER KTM 35
20 Jules DANILO Honda 29
21 Jakub KORNFEIL Peugeot 26
22 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 25
23 Marco BEZZECCHI Mahindra 20
24 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 16
25 Albert ARENAS Mahindra 14
26 Jaume MASIA KTM 13
27 Dennis FOGGIA KTM 10
28 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Mahindra 9
29 Kaito TOBA Honda 7
30 Manuel PAGLIANI Mahindra 7
31 Danny KENT KTM 6
32 Alex FABBRI Mahindra 3
33 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 2
34 Maria HERRERA Mahindra 1