Lorenzo Dalla Porta takes his maiden win in Moto3 after a chaotic morning under the Italian sun.
The Italian national anthem rang out across the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli but not for a rider anyone was expecting as Dalla Porta claims his first ever Moto3 race win ahead of his countryman Fabio Di Giannantonio and the new championship leader Jorge Martin.
The Italian rider was quite literally lost for words when interviewed in Parc Ferme as he was interviewed by MotoGP eventually managing to say ‘what a feeling‘. He went on to say ‘(he) pushed for the result (and) made some mistakes‘ and he was ‘too happy. Amazing.’ A combination of exhaustion, elation and disbelief was evident on Dalla Porta’s face but the victory was definitely not a walk in the park and adds to his amazing weekend after it was announced yesterday that he would be staying with Leopard Racing for another year.
Pole man Jorge Martin‘s premature celebrations saw him settle for second place. The Spaniard was battling till the very end for the win with Dalla Porta and Di Giannantonio and was in for a photo finish until he began celebrations as he crossed the start line instead of the finish, allowing Dalla Porta a tiny advantage. The new championship leader stated he had ‘no grip on the rear (so it was) hard. I saw crashes. I saw Bezzecchi crash… I’m happy with this, not because of crashes obviously but happy with points.’
Fellow Italian and Czech GP winner Di Giannantonio clawed back a third-place finish after a late mistake at turn 14 saw him run in too hot and narrowly miss Dalla Porta. Di Giannantonio was obviously overjoyed with the podium, stating ‘a podium at our home race, beautiful. I tried to push a little more at each corner.’ He went on to thank his crew and family because ‘they are the best‘.
It was heartbreak for Marco Bezzecchi who had yet another late race crash, wiping him out of the lead and out of the lead of the championship. The young Italian looked devastated when he was shown inside his garage as he tried to process what had happened after crashing with only two laps remaining. He had previously been fighting an absolutely scorching battle for first with the top three finishers as well Gabriel Rodrigo but unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be. A horrendous way to end his home race but a truly spectacular fight.
Rodrigo fought remarkably hard to take fourth position. It wasn’t all plain sailing for the Argentinian as he nearly lost the rear of his KTM powered machine, dropping him back to fifth before moving back up the grid and another mistake at turn three with only three laps remaining saw him drop back down to fifth again. However, Bezzecchi’s crash allowed him to gain an additional place.
Jakub Kornfeil finished the morning in fifth position. Kornfeil was extremely lucky to narrowly avoid getting caught up in the early carnage, just missing a stricken Nicolo Bulega. His evasive action cost him several places but he was able to make use of the retirees to fight back into fifth alongside Albert Arenas in sixth. Arenas was one of two victims of track limits and received a one place drop with nine laps remaining but luckily, it did not make much of an impact on his overall placement.
Rookie Dennis Foggia received a warning for exceeding track limits early in the race but behaved himself to finish in seventh ahead of South African Darryn Binder in eighth. Binder was another rider who received a one place drop mid-race due to exceeding track limits but it made little difference to his race.
Andrea Migno will be pleased to with his ninth-place finish in front of a home crowd after a run of horrendous qualifying and race results. Migno went from 19th to ninth, making up 10 places ahead of his countryman and fellow VR46 academy rider Niccolò Antonelli in 10th. Tony Arbolino finished in 11th, one place above of his qualifying position ahead of Adam Norrodin in 12th and Kaito Toba in 13th.
Vicente Perez had his best race finish this weekend as he placed in 14th. Kazuki Masaki brought his RBA BOE Skull Rider bike back in 15th with a whopping 19-second gap back to Marcos Ramirez in 16th. Stefano Nepa also had his best race finish in 17th. The Italian rider replaced Makar Yurchenko at the CIP Green Power team before Mugello but has struggled to deliver any magic so far.
Thai rider Nakarin Atiratphuvapat ended the morning in 18th ahead of wildcards Yari Montella and Kevin Zannoni in 19th and 20th respectively. Zannoni was an early faller as he crashed at turn two but was able to rejoin the pack, taking care to watch out for blue flags towards the end of the session.
It was a very unfortunate morning for several riders after Jaume Masia lost the rear of his Bester Capital Dubai machine wiping out Enea Bastianini, Ayumu Sasaki and Aron Canet. Nicolo Bulega had nowhere to go and clattered into a fallen Canet and was catapulted into the middle of the track. A heartbroken Bastianini was seen clinging onto the fence, attempting to regroup his thoughts after the incident. Sasaki and Canet were taken to the medical centre for checks and the Petronas Sprinta Racing team announced on Twitter that he has a broken wrist. No information as been released on Canet.
Alonso Lopez was another crasher of the weekend, going down at turn six with 22 laps remaining. Lopez was taken to the medical centre but no updates have been given. John McPhee had issues once again, falling with 12 laps remaining. The Scot remounted but had to retire the bike soon after. Tatsuki Sazuki also failed to see the chequered flag, crashing out at turn 10 but fortunately, he walked away from the crash.
A crash for championship leader Bezzecchi gifts the lead to Martin once again but, with only four little points separating the pair, will it be all change again in Aragon or can Martin tighten his grip?
Full results here.