Arenas wins frenetic Moto3 race at PI

Daniel Herrero

Sunday 28th October, 2018 - 2:07pm

Share:

Less than a tenth covered the top five at the finish

Albert Arenas has won a frenetic Moto3 grand prix at Phillip Island as Jorge Martin extended his championship lead due to an unfortunate crash for Marco Bezzecchi.

Thirteen riders swarmed into Doohan Corner at the start of the 23rd and final lap and the top 14 were covered by 0.989s when they reached the chequered flag.

Martin, whose position fluctuated all the way through the top 10 during the race, scythed up the inside from fifth to the lead on Lap 22 and looked to have pulled a small buffer.

However, he was reeled in and nearly went down when he and Philipp Oettl touched at the Southern Loop as they converged on the apex on the final lap.

Oettl ran well wide as Martin gave up second position to Celestino Vietti, before nearly dropping his Del Conca Gresini Honda on his own at MG.

Arenas led throughout the final lap and his Angel Nieto KTM had enough legs on Gardner Straight to carry him to a 0.052s victory over Fabio Di Giannantonio (Del Conca Gresini Honda).

Vietti (Sky Racing Team VR46 KTM) only 0.007s further back to bag a podium in his second ever grand prix.

Martin finished fifth having been run down by Tatsuki Suzuki (SIC58 Honda) on the drag to the finish line.

He nevertheless extended his championship lead over Bezzecchi (Redox PruestelGP KTM) from one point to 12.

Bezzecchi started 15th but caught Martin, who was eighth at the time, within five laps and led at the start of Lap 8.

However, when Gabriel Rodrigo (RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM) came in hot at MG on Lap 11, he went down as he grabbed the brakes and the sixth-placed Bezzecchi couldn’t stay up on the grass when he was taken off-road.

Darryn Binder led more laps than anyone (10) but finished only 12th after he came in deep under brakes at the Turn 4 Hairpin on Lap 21 and dropped at least half a dozen positions from fifth.

Oettl came home 15th, although only 2.148s off first position, on his Sudmetal Schedl KTM.

There was a huge spill at the Stoner Corner on Lap 14 when Marcos Ramirez highsided and his Bester Capital Dubai KTM took down team-mate Jaume Masia, whose own bike went flying through the air.

Both riders have been taken to the circuit’s medical centre.

Di Giannantonio’s runner-up finish also reignites his championship hopes given that he now trails Martin by 20 points heading to Malaysia next weekend (November 2-4).

Race results: Australian Moto3 Grand Prix

Pos Num Rider Nat Team Bike Time/Gap
1 75 Albert ARENAS ESP Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM 37:48.073
2 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO ITA Del Conca Gresini Moto3 Honda +0.052
3 31 Celestino VIETTI ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +0.059
4 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI JPN SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +0.081
5 88 Jorge MARTIN ESP Del Conca Gresini Moto3 Honda +0.099
6 44 Aron CANET ESP Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +0.154
7 7 Adam NORRODIN MAL Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +0.188
8 33 Enea BASTIANINI ITA Leopard Racing Honda +0.235
9 84 Jakub KORNFEIL CZE Redox PruestelGP KTM +0.328
10 71 Ayumu SASAKI JPN Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +0.406
11 72 Alonso LOPEZ ESP Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +0.575
12 40 Darryn BINDER RSA Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM +0.889
13 16 Andrea MIGNO ITA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +0.987
14 17 John MCPHEE GBR CIP – Green Power KTM +0.989
15 65 Philipp OETTL GER Sudmetal Schedl GP Racing KTM +2.148
16 55 Yari MONTELLA ITA SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +34.700
17 81 Stefano NEPA ITA CIP – Green Power KTM +34.969
18 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT THA Honda Team Asia Honda +39.367
19 27 Kaito TOBA JPN Honda Team Asia Honda +48.054
20 77 Vicente PEREZ ESP Reale Avintia Academy 77 KTM +48.970
DNF 14 Tony ARBOLINO ITA Marinelli Snipers Team Honda 2 Laps
DNF 10 Dennis FOGGIA ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM 2 Laps
DNF 42 Marcos RAMIREZ ESP Bester Capital Dubai KTM 10 Laps
DNF 5 Jaume MASIA ESP Bester Capital Dubai KTM 10 Laps
DNF 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA ITA Leopard Racing Honda 11 Laps
DNF 12 Marco BEZZECCHI ITA Redox PruestelGP KTM 13 Laps
DNF 19 Gabriel RODRIGO ARG RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM 13 Laps

Championship points

Pos Rider Nat Pts
1 Jorge MARTIN ESP 215
2 Marco BEZZECCHI ITA 203
3 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO ITA 195
4 Enea BASTIANINI ITA 150
5 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA ITA 131
6 Aron CANET ESP 128
7 Gabriel RODRIGO ARG 116
8 Jakub KORNFEIL CZE 115
9 Albert ARENAS ESP 94
10 Marcos RAMIREZ ESP 90
11 Andrea MIGNO ITA 82
12 Jaume MASIA ESP 66
13 Tatsuki SUZUKI JPN 64
14 John MCPHEE GBR 62
15 Philipp OETTL GER 58
16 Niccolò ANTONELLI ITA 56
17 Dennis FOGGIA ITA 55
18 Tony ARBOLINO ITA 49
19 Darryn BINDER RSA 48
20 Adam NORRODIN MAL 46
21 Ayumu SASAKI JPN 45
22 Alonso LOPEZ ESP 36
23 Kaito TOBA JPN 33
24 Celestino VIETTI ITA 18
25 Nicolo BULEGA ITA 18
26 Vicente PEREZ ESP 13
27 Raul FERNANDEZ ESP 13
28 Makar YURCHENKO KAZ 9
29 Livio LOI BEL 8
30 Kazuki MASAKI JPN 8
31 Somkiat CHANTRA THA 7
32 Manuel PAGLIANI ITA 6
33 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT THA 2
34 Ai OGURA JPN 1
35 Yari MONTELLA ITA 0
36 Apiwath WONGTHANANON THA 0
37 Stefano NEPA ITA 0
38 Jeremy ALCOBA ESP 0
39 Kevin ZANNONI ITA 0
40 Luca GRÜNWALD GER 0
41 Shizuka OKAZAKI JPN 0
42 Yuto FUKUSHIMA JPN 0
43 Filip SALAC CZE 0
44 Ryan VAN DE LAGEMAAT NED 0
45 Maximilian KOFLER AUT 0

Speedcafe.com has been established to provide a daily motorsport news service to the industry and fans in Australia and internationally.

Read the Speedcafe.com promise
Newsletter

Subscribe to our daily newsletter, the best way to get your news first, fast, and free!