The MotoGP paddock arrived in Spain for the second time this year, but a win was not on the cards for any of the home riders in the support classes with championship leaders Danny Kent and Johann Zarco displaying exactly why they are out front, both putting in great lunges for the lead in their respective races to seal victory.
The Moto3 race came down to the last lap yet again this season, with six riders in contention at the start of the lap.
Danny Kent was near the back of the lead group before some perfectly timed manoeuvres aboard his Leopard Racing Honda saw him lead and hold on at the front for his fourth win of the season, a feat last achieved by Barry Sheene in 1977.
Enea Bastianini was very close to his first win but could not quite do enough to pass Kent and finished second for Gresini.
The final podium spot went to Kent’s team-mate Efren Vazquez, who had lead at the start of the final lap after progressing through the field to join the leaders over the last handful of laps.
Nico Antonelli was also in contention but had to settle for fourth for Ongetta-Rivacold, Miguel Oliveira was the first KTM over the line for Red Bull’s Ajo team and Jorge Navarro was the top rookie finisher in sixth for Estrella Galicia 0,0.
Isaac Vinales (Husqvarna Factory Laglisse) claimed an impressive seventh improving thirteen places on his grid position, Romano Fenati took eighth for Sky Racing Team VR46 and Brad Binder ninth for Red Bull KTM Ajo. Philipp Oettl (Schedl GP Racing) ran well again to finish inside the top ten.
The remaining points went to Jorge Martin (Mapfre Team Mahindra) in 11th, Andrea Locatelli (Gresini) in 12th, Niklas Ajo (RBA Racing Team) in 13th, an unusually quiet Fabio Quartararo (Estrella Galicia 0,0) in 14th with Maria Herrera picking up her first championship point in a hard fought 15th for the Husqvarna Factory Laglisse team.
British rider John McPhee struggled again after a stronger qualifying and crashed out of the race.
Johann Zarco recovered after being overtaken on the first lap to reel in the leaders and then wait for the perfect time on the final lap to slip ahead for the win.
With just three riders in contention the podium places looked set, it was just a matter of which order they would cross the line in.
The Ajo motorsport man, who again celebrated with a back flip, pulled tight under long time race leader Tito Rabat at turn four and as the Spaniard pressed to impress at home. A rare misjudgement also let by a jubilant Alex Rins, the Pons riding rookie taking second with just corners remaining leaving EG 0,0 Marc VDS rider Rabat in third.
Away from the podium action British rider Sam Lowes was a lonely fourth for Speed Up after falling away from the leaders after being passed by Zarco.
Luis Salom won his race long battle with Tom Luthi to cross the line fifth for the Paginas Amarillas HP 40 Pons team, with Derendinger Racing Interwetten rider just behind in sixth.
Jonas Folger struggled regain the places he lost when he was involved with the first lap mayhem and finished seventh for AGR Team, Franco Morbidelli cut through the field to gain fifteen places over the course of the race to take eighth for Italtrans.
Dominique Aegerter dropped away after running at the front in the opening stages in ninth for Technomag Racing Interwetten, while Lorenzo Baldassarri also made the top ten for Athina Forward Racing.
Alex Marquez was also involved in the first lap tangling and recovered for 11th for EG 0,0 Marc VDS, Mika Kallio pulled back ten places on his lowly grid start for 12th on the second Italtrans entry.
The remaining points on offer went to Simone Corsi (Athina Forward Racing) in 13th, Hafizh Syahrin (Petronas Raceline Malaysia) in 14th and Julian Simon 15th for QMMF Racing.
Wild-card Edgar Pons just missed out on a points finish in 17th.
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