Austin Moto3: Fenati denies Navarro maiden race victory

Romano Fenati cruised to a dominant win in the third round of the Moto3 series at Austin, the Sky Racing VR46 rider beating closest rival Jorge Navarro by six seconds.

Fenati converted a second row grid slot into third at the end of the first lap, and made short work of poleman Phillip Oettl on the second tour before setting about closing on early leader Navarro.

The Estrella Galicia man, who has yet to win a grand prix, had established a cushion of 1.6s after two laps, but was soon reeled in by Fenati as Oettl fell into the clutches of a fast-starting Fabio Quartararo further back.

The decisive moment of the race arrived on lap 8, just shy of mid-distance, as Navarro ran wide at Turn 1 to allow Fenati into a lead he would never relinquish.

By lap 13, the gap between the duo had grown to three seconds, Fenati going on to take his seventh race victory in Moto3 by 6.612s at the chequered flag.

Leopard Racing's Quartararo had been on course for the final podium place before he was slowed by a late mechanical problem, meaning the fight for third was between Oettl and points leader Brad Binder (Red Bull Ajo KTM).

The South African rider made the pass stick on his German rival at Turn 12 on the final lap to make it three podiums in three starts this season, Oettl just missing out on equalling his best finish at this level.

Andrea Locatelli completed the top five on the best of the Leopard bikes ahead of Gresini's Enea Bastianini and top rookie Aron Canet aboard the second of the Estrella Galicia bikes.

The trio had been fighting with Niccolo Antonelli, who had carved his way up from P30 on the grid to seventh before crashing out on the penultimate lap.

That promoted Livio Loi (RW Racing) to eighth place ahead of Jules Danilo (Ongetta-Rivacold) and Niccolo Bulega (Sky Racing VR46). Quartararo limped home in 13th place again, having taken the same position at both Qatar and Argentina.

Race results:

PosRiderTeamBikeTime
1 ItalyRomano Fenati  SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM RC 250 GP 41:14.868
2 SpainJorge Navarro  Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda NSF250RW +6.612
3 South AfricaBrad Binder  Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM RC 250 GP +10.535
4  Philipp Oettl  Schedl GP Racing KTM RC 250 GP +10.975
5 ItalyAndrea Locatelli  Leopard Racing KTM RC 250 GP +13.845
6 ItalyEnea Bastianini  Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda NSF250RW +14.123
7  Aron Canet  Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda NSF250RW +16.309
8 BelgiumLivio Loi  RW Racing GP BV Honda NSF250RW +21.841
9 FranceJules Danilo  Ongetta-Rivacold Honda NSF250RW +22.004
10 ItalyNicolo Bulega  SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM RC 250 GP +22.351
11 Czech RepublicJakub Kornfeil  Drive M7 SIC Racing Team Honda NSF250RW +22.714
12  Juan Francisco Guevara  RBA Racing Team KTM RC 250 GP +22.764
13 FranceFabio Quartararo  Leopard Racing KTM RC 250 GP +26.024
14 ItalyFrancesco Bagnaia  ASPAR Mahindra Team Moto3 Mahindra MGP30 +28.161
15 ItalyAndrea Migno  SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM RC 250 GP +28.259
16 FranceAlexis Masbou  Peugeot MC Saxoprint Peugeot MGP30 +39.223
17 ItalyFabio Di Giannantonio  Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda NSF250RW +39.348
18 SpainGabriel Rodrigo  RBA Racing Team KTM RC 250 GP +39.739
19 JapanTatsuki Suzuki  CIP-Unicom Starker Mahindra MGP30 +40.160
20 MalaysiaKhairul Idham Pawi  Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW +48.107
21 United KingdomJohn McPhee  Peugeot MC Saxoprint Peugeot MGP30 +48.334
22 NetherlandsBo Bendsneyder  Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM RC 250 GP +48.442
23 SpainMaria Herrera  Team Laglisse KTM RC 250 GP +1:15.871
24 ItalyLorenzo Petrarca  3570 Team Italia Mahindra MGP30 +1:16.043
25 JapanHiroki Ono  Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW +1:19.441
26 ItalyFabio Spiranelli  CIP-Unicom Starker Mahindra MGP30 +1:45.929
R Niccolo Antonelli  Ongetta-Rivacold Honda NSF250RW  
R Karel Hanika  Platinum Bay Real Estate Mahindra MGP30  
R Stefano Valtulini  3570 Team Italia Mahindra MGP30  
R Jorge Martin  ASPAR Mahindra Team Moto3 Mahindra MGP30  
R Darryn Binder  Platinum Bay Real Estate Mahindra MGP30  
R Joan Mir  Leopard Racing KTM RC 250 GP  
R Adam Norrodin  Drive M7 SIC Racing Team Honda NSF250RW  

 

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Series Moto3
Event Austin
Track Circuit of the Americas
Drivers Jorge Navarro , Brad Binder , Romano Fenati
Article type Race report