As the paddock rolled into ‘The Cathedral’ of racing the scheduled rain failed to put in an appearance and Moto3 kicked off with one of the best races in any class this season, without needing a shower to ramp up the excitement.
With seven riders in contention at the front it once again came down to a splendid last lap and this time it was Miguel Oliveira who stepped up, leading as the lap began to take his second victory of the year with Red Bull KTM Ajo, and of his career.
Fabio Quartararo lead briefly in the closing stages and impressed again on his way to second in his rookie year with Estrella Galicia. The podium was completed by championship leader Danny Kent, who attempted to break and was still in the hunt for the win despite trailing at the back of the lead group aboard his Leopard Racing Honda.
Quartararo’s team-mate and fellow rookie Jorge Navarro was unfortunate to miss out on a first rostrum in fourth with a string performance by Sky Racing Team VR46 rider Romano Fenati was only good enough for fifth in the tough lead group.
Pole-sitter Enea Bastianini held on for sixth for Gresini, with Brad Binder on the second Red Bull entry the last of the frontrunners over the line for seventh.
Binder’s team-mate Karel Hanika lead the fierce battle for eighth over the line, just ahead of Nico Antonelli in ninth for Ongetta. John McPhee scored a top ten finish for SaxoPrint-RTG in very feisty conditions.
Mapfre Team Mahindra rider Francesco Bagnaia, who like Antonelli also found himself still in the race despite contact with other riders, took eleventh, The second VR46 bike piloted by Andrea Migno 12th, Livio Loi slipped into 13th for RW Racing GP and Hiroki Ono 14th for Leopard Racing. Philipp Oettl secured the final point on offer for Schedl GP Racing.
Moto2 looked set to be a two way battle between championship leader Johann Zarco and reigning title holder Tito Rabat, but after the race was red-flagged and restarted due to oil on track from Luis Salom’s explosive crash, the pair were given a run for their money for a while.
It was AGR Team rider Jonas Folger who lead initially before first EG 0,0 Marc VDS man Rabat and the Zarco reeled the German back in, resuming their battle at the front.
Zaco had what it took to pull away to finiah 0.7 ahead for Ajo Motorsports and stretch his lead in the overall standings by five points.
Rabat was a strong and determined second with British rider Sam Lowes proving to be their closest competition, catching to finish just two seconds behind for Speed Up.
Alex Rins fought back up the field to be top rookie in the class in fourth for Paginas Amarillas HP 40, ahead of Tom Luthi (Derendinger Racing Interwetten) in fifth and Gresini’s Xavier Simeon in sixth.
Early leader Folger slipped to seventh,ahead of Mika Kallio (Italtrans) in eighth and Alex Marquez in ninth on the second EG 0,0 Marc VDS entry, equalling his best finish to date in Moto2.
Simone Corsi did not quite live up to his qualifying performance but still managed a top ten finish for Athina Forward Racing.
The remaining points went to Julian Simon (QMMF) in 11th, Dominique Aegerter (Technomag Racing Interwetten) in 12th, Taka Nakagami (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia) in 13th Randy Krummenacher (JiR) in 14thand Hafizh Syahrin (Petronas Raceline Malaysia) in 15th.
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