Who would win the Moto3 Grand Prix of Spain was anyone’s guess as a huge train of riders stayed in contention with plenty of bikes still in the mix come the final corner, the iconic turn 13.
It was Fenati who took the win, this time with great skill and no controversy making him the first Italian to score back-to-back wins in the junior class since Andrea Iannone in 2009.
|In Control at Jerez – Kallio Photo: Marc VDS
The Italian kept in front of Alex Rins’ inside pass attempt to take victory with Efren Vazquez having the power and the momentum to also pass the Estrella Galicia rider on the way to the line for second.
Vazquez and Rins were the only Honda riders inside the top six.
Jack Miller was pegged back by engine troubles which affected the whole Red Bull Ajo team but persevered for fourth, the first time he has not made the podium this season.
Isaac Vinales saved a massive tank-slapper on his way to fifth for the Calvo Team one place ahead of his team-mate Jakub Kornfeil who crossed the stripe in sixth.
Alex Marquez was a lonely seventh for Estrella Galicia. Francesco Bagnaia also placed his Sky Racing VR46 bike into the top ten in eighth. Enea Bastianini was the best rookie battling hard on his way to ninth for GO&FUN.
Niklas Ajo beat his Husqvarna team-mate over the line, with no crash this round, for tenth with Britain’s Danny Kent eleventh.
Alexis Masbou crossed the line twelfth just ahead of John McPhee who came back form a poor start to recover points in 13th.
Top Mahindra rider Miguel Olivera finished 14th with Philipp Oettl fighting hard to grasp the final point.
Just missing out but in contention was wild-card Maria Herrera who featured in the same group for 17thplace.
Moto2 was a far more reserved affair at the front with Mika Kallio in control from flag to flag for his second Moto2 win with plenty of practice on old tyres on Friday giving him the conservation he needed to ease away from the pack.
He is now just 16 points behind his Marc VDS team-mate Tito Rabat who finished off the podium in fourth, a good result after a troubled weekend.
Dominique Aegerter put fitness and engine troubles behind him for a career best result in second, his second podium appearance this year.
Rookie Jonas Folger secured his first podium finish since moving up to Moto2, meaning no Spaniards made the rostrum in their home race in the intermediate class. The German praised his small AGR Team for their hard work in making him competitive so early in the season.
Behind Rabat in fourth the Pons team riders battled each other as Vinales late pace saw him reel in and pass Louis Salom for fifth, leaving his team-mate unable to reply in sixth.
Xavier Simeon finished in seventh ahead of Johann Zarco who scores his first championship points of the year for the Caterham team in eighth.
Sandro Cortese and Tom Luthi had a tussle lasting the race distance with the German rider coming off best in ninth, with Luthi holding on for tenth for the Interwetten team.
The biggest battling in the race with the leaders being spread out and clear for position came for the final points on offer.
Ant West was the best of the rest in 11th for QMMF narrowly beating Aspar rider Jordi Torres into twelfth. Ricky Cardus made a dash for 13thfor Tech 3 ahead of Julian Simon and Randy Krummenacher who held off Axel Pons for the final points in 14th and 15threspectively.
Gino Rea’s struggles continued down in 26th as Sam Lowes retired after crashing twice with unable to get any feeling from the front of his Speed Up bike.
Moto3 Jerez Race Result Top 15:
1. Romano Fenati SKY Racing Team VR46 (KTM)
2. Efren Vazquez SaxoPrint-RTG (Honda) +0.144
3. Alex Rins Estrella Galicia 0,0 (Honda) +0.147
4. Jack Miller Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) +1.224
5. Isaac Viñales Calvo Team (KTM) +1.244
6. Jakub Kornfeil Calvo Team (KTM) +1.857
7. Alex Marquez Estrella Galicia 0,0 (Honda) +3.808
8. Francesco Bagnaia ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 (KTM) +6.631
9. Enea Bastianini Junior Team GO&FUN (KTM) +11.944
10. Niklas Ajo Avant Tecno Husqvarna (Husqvarna) +12.204
11. Danny Kent Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo (Husqvarna) +12.685
12. Alexis Masbou Ongetta-Rivacold (Honda) +12.839
13. John McPhee SaxoPrint-RTG (Honda) +12.870
14. Miguel Oliveira Mahindra Racing (Mahindra) +14.793
15. Philipp Oettl Interwetten Paddock Moto3 (Kalex-KTM) +14.907
Moto2 Jerez Race Result Top 15:
1. Mika Kallio Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex) 26 laps
2. Dominique Aegerter Technomag carXpert (Suter) +2.434
3. Jonas Folger AGR Team (Kalex) +3.668
4. Esteve Rabat Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex) +5.431
5. Maverick Viñales Pons HP 40 (Kalex) +9.786
6. Luis Salom Pons HP 40 (Kalex) +11.356
7. Xavier Simeon Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 (Suter) +18.112
8. Johann Zarco AirAsia Caterham (Caterham Suter) +21.508
9. Sandro Cortese Dynavolt Intact GP (Kalex) +21.608
10. Thomas Luthi Interwetten Paddock Moto2 (Suter) +22.811
11. Anthony West QMMF Racing Team (Speed Up) +43.284
12. Jordi Torres Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 (Suter) +43.405
13. Ricard Cardus Tech 3 (Tech 3) +43.906
14. Julian Simon Italtrans Racing Team (Kalex) +44.235
15. Randy Krummenacher IodaRacing Project (Suter) +44.589