Moto3 & Moto2 round-up: Argentina: Pawi makes history, Zarco shows champions class

The weather played a big part in the outcome of all the races in round two of the championship in Argentina.

Moto3 had the wettest of the conditions, with teenager Khairul Idham Pawi showing no fear to fly away for a history making first Grand Prix win by a Malaysian rider.

Moto2 was an intense affair in the lead group before Johann Zarco took advantage of a small error by Sam Lowes to give us another backflip worthy performance.

Moto3

Zarco Morbidelli 2016 Argentina Moto2
Zarco passes an unlucky Morbidelli on his way to victory (Photo EG 0,0 Marc VDS)

The tricky track conditions meant that today Moto3 wasn’t a last minute dash for the line, instead Honda Team Asia rider Khairul Idham Pawi lived up to expectations following his confident wet warm-up display and disappeared to win by a huge margin of over 26 seconds.

The rookie excelled from the start keeping ahead of Livio Loi, who’s risky decision to try wet tyres left him out of the points as he dropped to 16th, and despite a few wobbles surged to the line for a finish worthy of the record books.

Second went to Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider Jorge Navarro who kept his cool while battling another Malaysian youngster, Adam Norrodin, with the Drive M7 SIC rider siding out on wet track at the end of the race, guaranteeing him the place.

The final podium spot went to pole man Brad Binder, who rode sensibly for points, but seized his opportunity for a rostrum spot by lunging to the front of the chasing group to be the best placing KTM rider for the Red Bull Ajo team.

Also in that group, but just missing out on a trophy finish was Andrea Locatelli (Leopard Racing) in fourth, his team-mate the charging Joan Mir in fifth and Hiroki Ono ( Honda Team Asia) in sixth.

British rider John McPhee ran an incredible race, picking off riders to move towards the top ten at the end of lap one to finish an eventual seventh after starting 28th on the grid. The Peugeot SaxoPrint rider was also the top Mahindra rider.

Aspar’s Jorge Matrin was next to take the flag in eighth as the Mahindra’s seem to have improved performance in the wet, followed by Jakub Kornfeil (Drive M7 SIC) in ninth and Ongetta-Rivacold’s Nico Antonelli, winner in Qatar, who recovered from a bad start to claw his way back to tenth.

Late crasher Norrodin picked up his bike and gallantly pushed it over the line for eleventh.

The remaining points went to Juanfran Guevara (RBA Racing) in 12th, Fabio Quartararo (Leopard) in 13th Maria Herrera (MH6 Laglisse) in 14th and Philipp Oettl (Schedl GP Racing) in 15th.

Usual frontrunners Enea Bastianini and Romano Fenati were 17th and 21st respectively. Aron Canet was the only other faller.

Moto2

Moto2 spent most of it’s duration as a four-way fight for the win before a fall for Franco Morbidelli and an error by Sam Lowes left the podium paces decided.

Ajo Motorsport’s Johann Zarco was perfectly poised to take advantage of the smallest error by the British Gresini man when he ran slightly wide and the reigning champion then worked hard to earn enough of a lead to be assured of his first win of the season.

Lowes had done enough for second, while Jonas Folger took advantage of losing his main competition on track to bag the final podium spot for Dynavolt Intact GP.

Alex Rins found his rhythm towards the end of the race, but his increase in pace was too little, too late to catch the rostrum men, leaving the Pons rider in fourth.

Dominique Aegerter (Interwetten) won his battle with Hafizh Syahrin (Petronas Raceline Malaysia) to claim fifth, with Qatar winner Tom Luthi only strong enough for seventh in Argentina.

Axel Pons (AGR Team) crossed the finish line in eighth ahead of Taka Nakagami (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia) as the pairs long track battle drew to a close.

Italtrans racer Mattia Pasini scored a top ten finish, Marcel Schrotter (AGR Team) eleventh, Xavier Simeon twelfth for QMMF with a brave Lorenzo Baldassarri riding after dislocating both shoulders in Qatar to take 13th for Forward Racing.

Xavi Vierge (Tech3) was the top rookie in 14th and Luis Salom (SAG Team) held off Danny Kent for the final point in offer in 15th.

Alex Marquez was the first faller with Sandro Cortese joining him in by finishing in the gravel eleven laps later.

For the full Moto3 result click here.

For the full Moto2 result click here.

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