Fabio Di Giannantonio claims his first Moto3 win in the CzechGP as Marco Bezzecchi takes the lead in the championship standings.
After being robbed of his victory in Le Mans and gaining the ‘moral victory’ courtesy of his team, Di Giannantonio finally takes his long-awaited first victory at the CzechGP ahead of Aron Canet and hometown hero Jakub Kornfeil.
Local man and third place finisher Kornfeil looked so elated during interviews, you would believe he had won the race. The Czech rider, who scored his first podium finish since Malaysia 2016, stated he was ‘happy‘ with the result but he ‘(knew he) could finish first (but he was) losing concentration trying to find water in (his) gums‘. A combination of nerves and heat causing dehydration making a fairly uncomfortable race for Kornfeil.
Second place man Canet was less than thrilled to miss out on the win, simply stating he was ‘not happy (with second place)’ but the Spaniard was quick to congratulate race winner Fabio Di Giannantonio before saying he was ‘happy with points but (he) wanted the win‘.
An ecstatic and exhausted looking Di Giannantonio described his maiden victory as ‘amazing, incredible feeling’ before explaining how he ‘pushed from the first lap‘ and, in the end, pushed to the limit after deciding it was ‘champagne or in the gravel‘. An amazing effort from the young Italian who is the lone Del Conca Gresini rider this weekend as Jorge Martin recovers from surgery after his FP1 crash.
Leopard Racing’s Enea Bastianini finished in superb fourth position, recovering from a poor start which saw him drop back down the pack from his 10th qualifying place. Gabriel Rodrigo made up two places to end the morning in fifth. The Argentinian rider firmly planted himself within the front-running pack throughout the race, briefly running in second during lap two. Marco Bezzecchi takes sixth from 13th and now leads the world championship with a tiny gap of two points. The Italian rider has had a torrid weekend, stating that he was unable to find a consistent pace throughout free practice and qualifying, dramatically affecting his performance.
Marcos Ramirez will be disappointed with his seventh-place finish after qualifying in third and running at the front of the pack for the majority of the race. Unfortunately, the Spaniard’s race was compromised after contact with John McPhee caused McPhee to crash out and Ramirez to drop back. Philipp Oetll dropped four places into eighth but took home some much-needed points whilst Albert Arenas finished in ninth. Arenas had a near miss incident with race winner Di Giannantonio after the pair took ‘rubbing is racing’ a little too literally which saw Arenas sit up and leave the seat at one point but he managed to avoid a crash.
Lorenzo Dalla Porta gained seven places from 17th to 10th whilst Niccolò Antonelli dropped two to end the morning in 11th. Rookie Dennis Foggia put in a spectacular performance mid-race as he was running in fourth place but he was unable to keep ahold of the fantastic position and ended in 12th. Kazuki Masaki brought his KTM powered machine home in 13th whilst fellow Japanese rider Tatsuki Suzuki put in a blistering effort to finish in 14th. Suzuki made up 13 places from 27th to 14th after a crash in qualifying saw him fail to set a time and have to start from the back of the grid. Tony Arbolino was the last of the point scores to finish in 15th.
Nakarin Atiratphuvapat was unable to hold onto his superb qualifying position after being swallowed up by the pack and the Thai rider ended the race in 16th. Rookie Jaume Masia was unable to deliver his usual stellar performances and finished in 17th ahead of injured Alonso Lopez in 18th. Nicolo Bulega and Andrea Migno, once again, failed to score any points as the pair were running almost five seconds behind the lead pack, seeing them finish in 19th and 20th respectively. Reale Avintia Academy rider Vicente Perez ended the morning in 21st.
Qualifying crasher Ayumu Sasaki made up two places to finish in 22nd ahead of, fresh from injury, Darryn Binder in 23rd and Czech wild-card Filip Salac in 24th.
Unfortunately, four riders were unable to finish with Adam Norrodin retiring in the final lap and Stefano Nepa retiring with four laps remaining as well as two crashers.
Kaito Toba suffered a huge crash during lap two which saw him barrel roll into the gravel, making heavy impact with the ground. The Japanese rider was stretchered off and taken to the medical centre for evaluation. Thankfully, he has been given the all-clear.
McPhee crashed out with eight laps remaining after contact with Ramirez’s footpeg caused McPhee’s wheel to pop off the wheel rim. An unfortunate day for the CIP Green Power team as they lose both their riders.
Only seven days until we return to the track and a question mark still hanging over Martin’s return, can Marco Bezzecchi extend his championship lead or has this maiden victory opened the floodgates for Fabio Di Giannantonio?
Next stop, Austria.
Full results here.