Jerez hosts the first MotoGP weekend in Europe and the classic track, one of the longest running circuits to grace the calendar, has a reputation for some exciting racing and final corner battles.
Neither Moto3 or Moto2 came down to turn thirteen for the winners but the races did not disappoint as among all the crashes Brad Binder sliced through the field to go from last to first for his debut world championship win, while Sam Lowes handed out a masterclass in destroying even the most determined of opposition.
Before Moto3 had even turned a wheel in the race there was drama when it was announced that Red Bull KTM Ajo rider Brad Binder, the most consistent rider so far this season, would start from the back after a mapping infringement on his bike was discovered, causing the grid demotion.
The South African rode fearlessly to catch the lead trio who seemed be clear and have the podium places to fight out for between themselves and pulled away to pull off an impressive debut win.
The best of the trio was rookie Nicolo Bulega, who used all his CEV knowledge as the winner of the race in that championship last year, to pull off a superb, hard pass at the final corner to secure his first podium finish in just his fifth Moto3 appearance.
Bagnaia managed great things on the Aspar Mahindra all race, running at the front and snatching the final podium spot for the second time this season.
Jorge Navarro was the man in the group who missed out, fourth at the line for Estrella Galicia 0,0 and top Honda, behind the KTM/ Mahindra rostrum men.
Jakub Kornfeil steered to the front of the chasing group for fifth for Drive M7 SIC, Joan Mir sixth for Leopard racing and Romano Fenati seventh having lead at the group at the ahead of the final lap for Sky Racing VR46.
Gresini’s Enea Bastianini was next to finish in eighth, Jules Danilo’s solid season for Ongetta-Rivacold continues in ninth with Philipp Oettl in the chase again in tenth for Schedl GP Racing.
Also in the points were Andrea Migno (Sky Racing VR46) in 11th, RBA arcing team-mates Juanfran Guevara and Gabriel Rodrigo in 12th and 13th respectively, previous winner Khairul Idham Pawi (Honda Team Asia) in 14th while Tatsuki Suzuki (CIP) collected the final point.
Jorge Martin, Lorenzo Petrarca, Andrea Locatelli, Hiroki Ono, Karle Hanika, Aron Canet, Fabio Quartararo, John McPhee, Niccolo Antonelli, Alexis Masbou, Darryn Binder and Fabio Di Giannantonio all failed to finish.
Sam Lowes took advantage for Gresini early in the race after Jonas Folger ran wide and didn’t look back, the British riders amazingly consistent lapping eventually seeing off his determined rival over the closing laps for Lowes’ first win of the year.
The Dynavolt Intact GP riders chase down meant he was also clear in second, Alex Rins caught up places over the opening laps to secure a safe third for Paginas Amarillas HP 40 and complete the podium.
Franco Morbidelli (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) battled with Lorenzo Baldassarri for fourth until the Forward Racing rider fell on the final lap.
Johann Zarco made an exciting move to pass Tom Luthi but was also gifted several places as riders ahead of him fell, a day of damage limitation after a tricky weekend saw the Ajo Motosport rider finish fifth.
Luthi was sixth for Interwetten after that pass, ahead of Taka Nakagami who failed to replicate his practice form for Idemitsu in seventh.
Eight went to another Interwetten rider, Dominique Aegerter, with SAG Team rider Luis Salom in ninth and sole Speed Up finisher Xavier Simeon in tenth for QMMF.
Hafizh Syahrin (Petronas Raceline Malaysia) was next to take the flag in 11th, ahead of a tight battle between Mattia Pasini (Italtrans) and top rookie Isaac Vinales (Tech3) who finished 12th and 13th.
Also in the points were Jesko Raffin (Sport-Millions-EMWE-SAG), for the first time in 14th and the final Interwetten entry with Robin Mulhauser aboard in 15th.
Only four other riders saw the finish line, Luca Marini, despite a crash, Baldassarri continuing after his last lap fall, wild-card Federico Fuligni for Team Ciatti and Alessandro Tonucci.
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