Argentina Moto3: Pawi stuns field with crushing win on drying track

Khairul Idham Pawi took a dominant maiden Moto3 victory in just his third start in the series, having beaten the field by an astonishing 26 seconds in Argentina.

Despite the track being wet, a few dry patches and no rain meant the entire field kicked off the race on slicks with the exception of Livio Loi.

Although he was 10th on the grid, Loi understandably rocketed through the field at the start.

However, he could only settle into second as Pawi had an even better launch, and lapped several seconds quicker despite running on dry tyres.

Impressively, the Malaysian rookie built a lead of 20 seconds over the course of just eight laps.

As the track dried out, most of Pawi's advantage in pace disappeared, but he continued to stretch his advantage.

Loi on the other hand quickly dropped down the field, eventually settling for 16th.

Estrella Galicia rider Jorge Navarro and another Malaysian Adam Norrodin separated themselves from from the rest of the chasing pack at the halfway point onwards.

Norrodin waited for his chance to overtake until the final lap, but lost control at the very final turn of the race. He suffered a violent crash, but managed to make it to the finish on foot in 11th.

Navarro secured second as a result, with Brad Binder completing the podium after a race-long battle with several others. The South African was closely followed by Andrea Locatelli, Joan Mir and Hiroki Ono.

John McPhee passed Jorge Martin to take seventh with the Spaniard losing eight seconds during the final stages - but still finishing eighth.

The top 10 was completed by Jakub Kornfeil and Qatar winner Niccolo Antonelli.

Aron Canet was part of the second group, running as high as fourth, but failed to finish the race after crashing out.

Race results:

PosRiderTeamBikeTime
1 Malaysia Khairul Idham Pawi  Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW 41:35.452
2 Spain Jorge Navarro  Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda NSF250RW 26.170
3 South Africa Brad Binder  Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM RC 250 GP 30.060
4 Italy Andrea Locatelli  Leopard Racing KTM RC 250 GP 30.339
5 Spain Joan Mir  Leopard Racing KTM RC 250 GP 30.506
6 Japan Hiroki Ono  Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW 30.736
7 United Kingdom John McPhee  Peugeot MC Saxoprint Peugeot MGP30 32.493
8 Spain Jorge Martin  ASPAR Mahindra Team Moto3 Mahindra MGP30 40.596
9 Czech Republic Jakub Kornfeil  Drive M7 SIC Racing Team Honda NSF250RW 45.667
10 Italy Niccolo Antonelli  Ongetta-Rivacold Honda NSF250RW 45.893
11 Malaysia Adam Norrodin  Drive M7 SIC Racing Team Honda NSF250RW 46.173
12  Juan Francisco Guevara  RBA Racing Team KTM RC 250 GP 51.434
13 France Fabio Quartararo  Leopard Racing KTM RC 250 GP 57.893
14 Spain Maria Herrera  MH6 Laglisse KTM RC 250 GP 1:05.983
15  Philipp Oetll Schedl GP Racing KTM RC 250 GP 1:08.426
16 Belgium Livio Loi  RW Racing GP BV Honda NSF250RW 1:10.165
17 Italy Enea Bastianini  Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda NSF250RW 1:11.664
18 Italy Nicolo Bulega  SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM RC 250 GP 1:11.791
19 Spain Gabriel Rodrigo  RBA Racing Team KTM RC 250 GP 1:12.151
20 Italy Romano Fenati  SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM RC 250 GP 1:12.270
21 France Alexis Masbou  Peugeot MC Saxoprint Peugeot MGP30 1:12.382
22 Netherlands Bo Bendsneyder  Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM RC 250 GP 1:12.522
23 Italy Francesco Bagnaia  ASPAR Mahindra Team Moto3 Mahindra MGP30 1:18.884
24 Czech Republic Karel Hanika  Platinum Bay Real Estate Mahindra MGP30 1:25.115
25 Italy Fabio Di Giannantonio  Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda NSF250RW 1:31.975
26 France Jules Danilo  Ongetta-Rivacold Honda NSF250RW 1:38.400
27 Japan Tatsuki Suzuki  CIP-Unicom Starker Mahindra MGP30 1:38.784
28 Italy Stefano Valtulini  3570 Team Italia Mahindra MGP30 1:39.051
29 Italy Andrea Migno  SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM RC 250 GP 1:44.035
30 South Africa Darryn Binder  Platinum Bay Real Estate Mahindra MGP30 +1 Lap
31 Italy Lorenzo Petrarca  3570 Team Italia Mahindra MGP30 +1 Lap
32 Italy Fabio Spiranelli  CIP-Unicom Starker Mahindra MGP30 +1 Lap
Ret  Aron Canet  Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda NSF250RW  

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Series Moto3
Event Termas de Rio Hondo
Track Autodromo Termas de Rio Hondo
Article type Race report