Another Moto3 race of the season did take place in Barcelona. Jorge Martín started from pole position to his home race. Juanfran Guevara and Romano Fenati completed the front row.
Joan Mir, Aron Canet (who originally qualified as P2 but got 3 places grid penalty) and Marcos Ramírez were in the second row. Enea Bastianini, Fabio Di Giannantonio and Tatsuki Suzuki started from the third row.
Tony Arbolino had a 12-place grid penalty (already got it after FP2) so although he qualified on very good 13th position, he had to start from 25th place. Nicolo Bulega and Andrea Migno got 3-place grid penalty and they started from 16th and 20th position respectively.
There were two wild card appearances. Vicente Pérez with the Avintia Academy team and Aleix Viu with the 42Motorsport team.
Albert Arenas couldn’t take part in the weekend as he injured the shoulder and collarbone in the crash in the last lap at Mugello last week.
On Friday the riders were going at a new track when new chicane in turns 13-14-15 was added. But MotoGP safety comission then decided (after MotoGP riders were complaining about it) to change it back to 2016 modification. So from Saturday they went the track layout like in 2016.
When the red lights went off it was Juanfran Guevara who had great start and went into the lead. But a moments later Romano Fenati and Joan Mir overtook him. Guevara then lost some more positions.
Poleman Jorge Martín didn’t have ideal start as he was P8. But he did some good manoeuvres and got himself back to the leading group and to the fight for the victory.
The leader of the race was changing almost every lap. As it normal at this category. Mir was in the lead, then Canet overtook him, then also Martín was the first one. Later also Fenati went into the lead again.
A group of 5 was formed and it looked like riders in the group would be the ones fighting for the podium. In the group there were Martín, Fenati, Canet, Di Giannantonio and Mir. They tried to escape to the riders behind them.
A few laps later Enea Bastinini catched the front group and later also Tatsuki Suzuki and Marcos Ramírez went there so it was suddenly a group of 8.
Andrea Migno, Nicolo Bulega and Niccolò Antonelli were chasing the group ahead of them and trying to catch them too.
When 3 laps were remaining it was Fenati in the lead, Mir and Martín were behind him. Later Mir went into the lead for a while but then Martín overtook him.
In the last lap Joan Mir went into the lead and he won in front of his home fans. It was very clever ride from him. During the race he tried to stay calm, he didn’t rush, he was waiting for the moment and in the last lap he attacked.
Romano Fenati finished 2nd, Jorge Martín was 3rd.
Enea Bastianini finished 4th, Aron Canet was 5th, Marcos Ramírez 6th, Fabio Di Giannantonio 7th, Andrea Migno 8th, Nicolo Bulega 9th and Tatsuki Suzuki completed top 10.
Niccolò Antonelli, John McPhee, Philipp Oettl, Marco Bezzecchi and Bo Bendsneyder took some points too.
Ayumu Sasaki, Juanfran Guevara, Adam Norrodin, Lorenzo Dalla Porta, Manuel Pagliani, Nakarin Atiratphuvapat, Jakub Kornfeil, Kaito Toba, Tony Arbolino, Livio Loi, María Herrera, Patrik Pulkkinen and Aleix Viu were outside of points.
There were some incidents during the race. Vicente Pérez crashed, later also Gabriel Rodrigo had a crash. In the last lap Jules Danilo crashed and also in the last lap there was an incident between Juanfran Guevara and Darryn Binder. Guevara then was able to re-join and finish the race.
Joan Mir has 133 points in the Championship and he is in quite a comfortable lead now. Romano Fenati is 2nd with 88 points, Aron Canet has 85 points. Then Fabio Di Giannantonio is just 5 points behind.
Next race weekend will be from 23rd to 25th June in Assen, the Netherlands.