Albert Arenas took the win at Phillip Island as Jorge Martin finishes fifth and Marco Bezzecchi crashes out.
We were expecting fireworks and we certainly weren’t disappointed as the Moto3 boys delivered a nail-biting, edge of your seat 23 lap race which will go down in history.
Arenas made a late charge for the victory, using the track’s infamous slipstream to claw his way up from 11th to the lead on the final lap, taking advantage of a tussle between Martin and Philipp Oettl which saw the championship leader drop out of the podium positions. Fabio Di Giannantonio slipped through into second place, adding some valuable points to his championship total, with Celestino Vietti, Nicolo Bulega’s replacement, in third.
Vietti put in an exceptional performance throughout, coming from 22nd to third. Unfortunately for the Italian, he was forced to stand awkwardly on the sidelines as the champagne celebrations began due to his young age.
Tatsuki Suzuki narrowly nudged Martin out to take fourth position as the Madrid native had to settle for fifth and 11 points. Estrella Galicia rider Aron Canet claimed sixth ahead of Adam Norrodin in seventh and Enea Bastianini in eighth. Jakub Kornfeil and Ayumu Sasaki rounded out the top ten in ninth and 10th respectively.
In a race that saw 14 different riders lead at one point or another, it was only natural there would be some drama but ‘some drama’ would be putting it mildly.
Bezzecchi made amazing progress, gaining two places in the opening lap and he only continued to climb. By lap eight, the Italian was leading the pack but was pushed back down the top ten as he fought against Martin. Unfortunately, tragedy struck in lap 11. Rodrigo entered breaking zone at turn 10 too hot and attempted to avoid a collision with Canet by squeezing between the two. He then lost the front of his KTM machine, skittling an unsuspecting Bezzecchi into the grass and out of the race. Naturally, the Italian rider was furious and heartbroken as he was shown screaming at Rodrigo as the pair tended to their stricken machines before later being shown looking extremely tearful in the Prustel garage. A sorry end to a promising race.
There was also heartache for the Bester Captial Dubai team as Marcos Ramirez high-sided his bike and took teammate Jaume Masia out with him. Neither rider was quick to return to their fit and Masia has since been declared unfit and awaits further investigations on his ankle.
Tony Arbolino and Dennis Foggia collided during the penultimate lap as they bitterly fought for second. Thankfully, neither were harmed and the pair will move on to Malaysia next weekend.
This weekend’s race may have been one of the most thrilling Moto3 races of all time but it was also the fourth closest top 15 in lightweight history with just over 2 seconds separating the point scoring riders.
As the adrenaline starts to settle, we look forward to Malaysia in a weeks time. The championship is still up in the air and anything can happen once those wheels hit the tarmac, who will come out on top in Sepang?
Full results here.