The second from back-to-back races took part at Sachsenring in Germany. With changing weather there it was unsure whether the race would be dry or wet. Luckily the weather calmed down on Sunday so it was dry race. Aron Canet, Joan Mir and Nicolo Bulega started from the front row.
Marcos Ramírez, Tony Arbolino and Romano Fenati were in the second row at the starting grid while local hero Philipp Oettl, Bo Bendsneyder and Enea Bastianini started from the third row.
Danny Kent and María Herrera were penalised for irresponsible riding already on Friday and it was 12-places penalty so they both started from back of the grid (Herrera was even last).
Albert Arenas and Niccolò Antonelli weren’t able to start the weekend due to the injuries. Raul Fernández replaced Arenas while Danny Kent replaced Antonelli.
Jorge Martín crashed during Friday’s FP and unfortunately he broke his ankle and tibia so the weekend was over for him.
There was one wild card rider in the field and it was local Tim Georgi.
When the race started it was Mir who went into the lead, Ramírez and Arbolino went behind him.
It didn’t take long time and a group of 5 riders was created in the lead. There were Joan Mir, Marcos Ramírez, Romano Fenati, Tony Arbolino and Nicolo Bulega. They started to increase their lead quite quickly and very soon in the race it started to be quite clear that if nothing unsual would happen it would be these 5 riders who would fight for the places on the podium.
Behind that group there was a big group of many other riders, local Philipp Oettl was doing great job there and he tried to pull away. He was successful in it but in the same time he was losing more than 4 seconds to the group ahead of him and he wasn’t able to catch them.
Mir, Fenati and Ramírez looked to have a small advantage to Arbolino and Bulega, they had about 1 second of a gap to the duo of Italians.
But in the lap number 19 Tony Arbolino crashed. It was a pity for the young Italian who was doing great race.
With 5 laps remaining it was a group of 3 – Mir, Ramírez and Fenati – fighting for the podium. There were some close manoeuvres but boys were quite clever in their riding and also aware that there were 3 of them and places on the podium were also 3.
Nothing serious happened in the last lap so the 3 boys in the front group finished on the podium. It was Joan Mir who took his 5th victory of the year and he also extended the Championship lead. Romano Fenati finished 2nd and Marcos Ramírez was 3rd which was his first ever podium finish.
Nicolo Bulega was 4th, Philipp Oettl finished 5th, Enea Bastianini was 6th, Livio Loi 7th, Bo Bendsneyder 8th, Tatsuki Suzuki 9th and Darryn Binder completed top 10.
11th Fabio di Giannantonio, 12th Juanfran Guevara, 13th Adam Norrodin, 14th Jules Danilo and 15th Marco Bezzecchi took some points too.
Andrea Migno was only 16th, Ayumu Sasaki 17th, Jakub Kornfeil 18th, Lorenzo Dalla Porta 19th, Manuel Pagliani 20th, Kaito Toba 21st, Raul Fernandéz 22nd, Nakarin Atiratphuvapat 23rd, Tim Georgi 24th. Patrik Pulkkinen had jump start and so ride through penalty so it was hard for him then but he finished 25th. María Herrera had a crash, then she re-joined the race, then she went to the pit lane for some time but then she came back to the track and finished the race last with 2 laps behind.
Gabriel Rodrigo crashed in the last lap. Danny Kent, John McPhee and Aron Canet crashed from the race as well and I’ve already mentioned Arbolino’s crash. For Canet, this DNF can be crucial in case of the Championship standings.
Joan Mir is in the Championship lead with 165 points. Romano Fenati is now 2nd with 128 points and Aron Canet has 110 points and he is 3rd.
First half of the season 2017 is behind us, well deserved summer break is ahead of us. The next round of the World Championship will take place in Brno, Czech republic from 4th to 6th August.