CATALUNYA. Leopard Racing’s Marcos Ramirez became the 12th different Moto3™ winner in a row after he escaped a chaotic Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya to earn his first Grand Prix win, with Championship leader Aron Canet (Sterilgarda Max Racing Team) and SKY Racing Team VR46’s Celestino Vietti completing the podium.
Moto3™ race would see big drama in the opening handful of laps. From P10, Championship contender Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Leopard Racing) had made a cracking start to come through to the lead, but at the end of Lap 3, the Italian suffered an issue on board his Honda machine and was forced to retire. Then, a couple of laps later on Lap 5, disaster struck for a number of the riders in the leading group. Can Öncü (Red Bull KTM Ajo) got all sorts of crossed up heading into Turn 4, with the Turk making contact with Sama Qatar Angel Nieto Team’s Albert Arenas and Raul Fernandez and Sergio Garcia (Estrella Galicia 0,0), with Vicente Perez (Reale Avintia Arizona 77) and Redox PrüstelGP’s Filip Salac also going down.
It was quickly becoming a race of attrition with a group of 15 riders all battling for the lead, but for the second time, a leading Honda rider suffered a mechanical problem. Arbolino the victim this time with the Italian having to retire with 10 laps remaining.
The pace wasn’t that quick and because of this we soon saw the top 18 riders covered by less than a second. Even by Moto3™ standards, this was turning into an extraordinary Barcelona battle. Turn 1 then claimed a victim as another title contender slipped out of contention, Jaume Masia (Bester Capital Dubai) crashing while battling with Darryn Binder (CIP Green Power) with 8 to go.
Tony Arbolino: N.C.
"The gear broke during the race and it's a shame as today it was an important day for the championship as many riders didn't get points. I was feeling good, I could overtake, I only had some difficulties in the straight line but I was there. These are races, but we keep strong thinking about the next race".
Lorenzo Dalla Porta: N.C.
“It's been a big shame because before having the problem with the bike I felt really strong, I already was the leader of the race and I wanted to go away. This time we've had bad luck and the only thing I can say is thanks to the team because they've done everything they could and the bike until that moment worked good. Let's stay positive and think on the next race”.
Jaume Masia: N.C.
"It has been so difficult to reach the front group and I am disappointed for what has happened but this is the way it goes in Moto3. At least, I am glad because I know I can go fast. Can’t wait for Assen."