The third race weekend of the season 2017 in Moto3 did take place at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas, the United States. Aron Canet did great job during all the free practise sessions, he set great times with quite a big gap to his rivals. And it was also him who took pole position. It was his second career pole position. Joan Mir and Romano Fenati started next to him and these three boys were considered as the biggest favourites for the win.
Nicolo Bulega, Jorge Martín and Fabio Di Giannantonio started from the second row while Enea Bastianini, Niccoló Antonelli and John McPhee were in the third row.
After the race was started it was Canet who went to the lead. Joan Mir was behind him, Enea Bastianini made it to the 3rd place.
Manuel Pagliani crashed. Later also Bo Bendsneyder crashed as well. Not a very good start to the season for the Red Bull KTM Ajo boy as it’s 0 points for him for the third time in a row.
Later also Kaito Toba crashed. And then the race direction decided for red flag. Canet and Mir had quite a comfortable lead in that time. However, Toba was unhurt and even able to go to the restart. Also Pagliani could start to the restarted race as his mechanics were able to repair the bike. Just Bendsneyder didn’t start to the new race.
The new race was just for 12 laps and it was with the quick restart procedure.
So when it all was restarted it was Aron Canet who lead it again. Romano Fenati managed it to get to the 2nd place, Fabio Di Giannantonio was going 3rd. Later Fenati overtook Canet for the 1st position. But then Canet overtook him back. These two escaped a little bit from the rest of the field.
With 9 laps to go Kaito Toba crashed again.
And then also Aron Canet crashed! It was pretty nasty highsider but luckily he escaped unhurt from it. Fenati was suddenly alone in the lead.
Behind Fenati there was a group a some riders fighting for P2 and P3. Joan Mir, Jorge Martín, Fabio Di Giannantonio and Nicolo Bulega were in the group. They overtook each other quite often so the positions were changing quite a lot.
Meanwhile, Romano Fenati was increasing his lead, it was already more than 3 seconds.
But behind the group for P2 there was the other group and the riders there were coming closer to the boys ahead of them. And then they really catched them so suddenly it was a group of 8 battling for the two places on the podium.
Meanwhile, at the back of the field Nakarin Atiratphuvapat nearly crashed but he saved it in an amazing way. As I said it was the Niklas Ajo style. I hope you all understand how I mean that.
Romano Fenati didn’t do any serious mistake and he went for his first season victory! It was also his first victory since the comeback of course and he repeated his last year’s victory there at COTA.
Gresini team’s boys Jorge Martín and Fabio Di Giannantonio were 2nd and 3rd respectively.
It was P4 for Enea Bastianiani but finally a good result after his not very good start to the season. Nicolo Bulega was 5th, Juanfran Guevera did very good 6th place, John McPhee was 7th, last two races winner Joan Mir was 8th and he was noticeably disappointed. Philipp Oettl and Darryn Binder completed top 10. I myself have to say that it was great result from these two!
Gabriel Rodrigo was 11th, Andrea Migno 12th, Jules Danilo 13th so he finally took some points, Niccoló Antonelli saved at least 2 points on 14th place and Livio Loi was 15th.
Here are full race results.
Joan Mir is still the Championship leader with 58 points. Jorge Martín (who did score podium in all 3 races) is 2nd with 52 points, John McPhee is 3rd with 49 points. Here is the full Championship standing.
Now all is moving to Europe. From May until the middle of October there will be races just in Europe. The first one of them will be from 5th to 7th May in Jerez, Spain.