The Championship has returned back to Europe. The first Moto3 race of the season in Europe did take place in Spain, at the Jerez circuit. It was the local boy Jorge Martín who took pole position. Another Spanish boy Aron Canet started from the front row and Romano Fenati was there with them as well.
Nicolo Bulega, Marcos Ramírez and Niccolò Antonelli started from the second row. Tatsuki Suzuki, Andrea Migno and Joan Mir were in the row number three.
Philipp Oettl crashed in the Saturday’s qualification and he broke his collarbone so he wasn’t able to start to the race on Sunday.
There were two wild card riders for this race. Vicente Pérez and Raul Fernández they were.
When the race was started it was Romano Fenati who went to the lead. Darryn Binder made very good start and was behind the Italian. Poleman Martín was third.
Tatsuki Suzuki and Niccolò Antonelli collided and crashed. Both were able to continue, Suzuki later retired from the race.
Later also the wildcard Pérez crashed.
Manuel Pagliani got the ride through penalty for jump start.
In the lead there was a group of 12 riders – Ramírez, Fenati, Binder, Mir, Canet, Di Giannantonio, Martín, Bulega, Bastianini, Rodrigo, Guevara and Migno. But Ramírez, Fenati and Binder were the 3 most active riders there. The order was changing literally in every corner.
It was Marcos Ramírez who was leading quite a lot of laps in the race. His team mate Darryn Binder was going 2nd, Fenati and Canet behind.
It was so close on the top positions. Darryn Binder was so close to Fenati in one of the moves and he crashed. Later the incident was under investigation but no further action was taken.
Binder could continue in the race but far away from the places he was before the crash.
There was also a collision of Norrodin and Bezzecchi. Later also John McPhee crashed. It wasn’t very good weekend for the British rider.
Things were changing very quickly. It was Ramírez in the lead, later Canet went to the first place, later it was also Fenati who was leading the race. It was quite close among the riders there, they were fighting very bravely and sometimes it was too crazy.
In the last lap, in the last turn it was great Canet’s move which took him to the first position and he kept it until the end.
So Aron Canet took his first career victory and even at his home track. Romano Fenati finished second, Joan Mir was third.
Marcos Ramírez was 4th which is his best ever result, Fabio Di Giannantonio was 5th, Andrea Migno 6th, Nicolo Bulega 7th, Enea Bastianini 8th, poleman Jorge Martín 9th and Juanfran Guevara completed top 10.
Bo Bendsneyder was 11th and took first points in the season, Jules Danilo was 12th, Gabriel Rodrigo 13th, Albert Arenas 14th and Ayumu Sasaki took 1 point for P15.
Joan Mir is still the Championship leader, he has 58 points. Jorge Martín is second with 52 points, John McPhee keeps third position with 49 points. Romano Fenati is also close with 45 points.
Next race will be in Le Mans, France in two weeks time.