It was the “Cathedral of speed” circuit at Assen which hosted the recent MotoGP World Championship race weekend. In Moto3 it was Jorge Martín who got another pole position of the year. Local boy Bo Bendsneyder started from the front row too as well as Nicolo Bulega.
The Saturday’s qualifying did take place on wet track so the results could be quite surprising for some people. Nakarin Atiratphuvapat, Marco Bezzecchi and Aron Canet started from the second row. The Championship leader Joan Mir, Tony Arbolino and Manuel Pagliani were in the third row.
Bendsneyder’s team mate Niccolò Antonelli was declared unfit to race on Sunday’s morning. Nicco had already injured his shoulders and on Saturday he crashed again and had some problems with his back. So it was better for him to skip this one.
There was one wild card rider in the field and it was local Ryan van de Lagemaat with Lamotec Lagemaat Racing team.
At the beginning of the race the track was dry but the sky was cloudy. The air had only 18 degrees while the track was about 21 degrees. Most of the riders had medium front and rear tyre, just Atiratphuvapat and also Jules Danilo chose soft front tyre.
When the red lights went off it was poleman Martín who took the lead. Atiratphuvapat did great start and went to P2. Bo Bendsneyder and Joan Mir were behind. Later these both made it ahead of the Thai rider.
Just after two laps in the race Enea Bastianini, Fabio di Giannantonio and Ryan van de Lagemaat crashed. They were separated incidents but it happened in the same part of the track though. Bastianini re-joined the race but later he also went to the pits and retired.
Meanwhile, there was a group of 6 riders in the lead. The riders were Martín, Bendsneyder, Fenati, Mir, Norrodin and Suzuki. There were some big battles in this group, well, as usual in Moto3 class. In one moment Jorge Martín went wide and lost some time to the 5 ahead of him. But it didn’t take long time and he was back in the fight for the victory.
Romano Fenati was in the lead for some time and then Jorge Martín retook the lead. The fight for the lead in the race was mainly between these two.
But there was another group behind them and they started to close the gap. Aron Canet did great job there and he really led them to catch the front group. There were also Jules Danilo, Marcos Ramírez, Gabriel Rodrigo and John McPhee.
Suddenly it was group of 11 riders fighting for the rostrum. It was a big battle there in the group. In one moment Bendsneyder made a mistake and he ran wide. He was 11th (so last in the group) and slowly started to lose some contact with the other boys. But in the group there were some fights so the Dutch rider managed it back to the group at the end of the race.
Marcos Ramírez was doing great race there as he made it to P2. Even John McPhee was in the lead for a while. But Martín was wide again and lost some positions.
With 3 laps until the end it was Joan Mir who was in the lead ahead of John McPhee and Jules Danilo who was also doing the race of his life. Fenati was behind them and also Aron Canet was waiting for his chance to attack.
Last lap was full of action with Adam Norrodin crashing from very good P8. There were great battles for the victory until the end and it was Aron Canet who took another victory of the season! Just 0.035 second ahead of Romano Fenati. John McPhee then finished 3rd.
Canet did great job in the race as at the beginning he was down to 15th and he was losing some time to the boys in front. Also good job from McPhee who started from 19th place!
Unfortunate moment for Bendsneyder who wanted to take some positions in the end but he crashed on the finish line! So it means zero points for the local boy.
Jorge Martín was 4th, Jules Danilo 5th, Marcos Ramírez 6th, Gabriel Rodrigo 7th, Tatsuki Suzuki 8th, Joan Mir 9th and Nicolo Bulega completed top 10.
Philipp Oettl, Juanfran Guevara, Darryn Binder, Andrea Migno and Ayumu Sasaki finished the race on points too.
On the 16th place and further finished Marco Bezzecchi, Jakub Kornfeil, Nakarin Atiratphuvapat, Kaito Toba, María Herrera, Livio Loi and Patrik Pulkkinen.
Adam Norrodin, Bo Bendsneyder, Raul Fernández (who replaced injured Albert Arenas in Aspar team), Enea Bastianini, Lorenzo Dalla Porta, Tony Arbolino, Manuel Pagliani, Fabio Di Giannantonio and Ryan van de Lagemaat didn’t finish the race.
Joan Mir keeps the Championship lead with 140 points. Aron Canet is on the 2nd place with 110 points, Romano Fenati has 108 points.
Next round of the Championship is already next week and it all will move to Germany, Sachsenring.