An elated Romano Fenati held the advantage over the closing corners of the French Moto3 Grand Prix at Le Mans to claim his first victory of the season.

The Italian triumphed after a tight four-way battle played out over the final lap in a race filled with noteworthy and exciting performances.

The Sky Racing Team VR46 rider celebrated his and the teams first win of the season after moving in contention over the opening laps, a fifth place start eliminating his usual mid-pack battling.

An early break at the front did not pay off for the KTM rider as he was reeled in by fellow Italians Enea Bastianini and Francesco Bagnaia, who were joined by the flying Danny Kent for the final four laps. The swapping of the three behind gave Fenati the slimmest of advantages which he held over the line.

Honda rider Enea Bastianini put in an amazing performance from 18th on the grid to be in contention for the victory as he again sliced through the field to take second for Gresini, just 0.122 behind over the line. His efforts propel him up to second in the championship standings.

Bagnaia was brave in his moves having also put himself into contention over the opening laps where he was battling for the lead with Niccolo Antonelli, pushing hard to hold off Kent for his first podium finish and the first for his Mapfre Team Mahindra collaboration team in third.

Leopard Racing rider Kent gave the performance of a lifetime to move up from 30th on the grid and was 17th after lap two. The fastest man on track then cut past the opposition lap after lap and was soon in the lead group and as the front riders broke after Fabio Quartararo's crash he was quick to arrive on the back of the leaders.

The British rider was unlucky to miss out on a podium, but his fourth place cements his championship lead, now 37 points clear of Bastianini in the standings with 104 points.

Fifth went to early pace setter Antonelli, who faded on his Ongetta-Rivacold Honda after being overtaken by the determined Kent.

Jakub Kornfeil was sixth for Drive M7 SIC after initially being in the lead five before losing pace after the Quartararo fall, Isaac Vinales took seventh for Husqvarna Factory Laglisse and Miguel Oliveira eighth for Red Bull KTM Ajo.

Andrea Migno was ninth to take the flag on the second Sky Racing entry with Philipp Oettl taking his best finish of the season so far in tenth for Schedl GP Racing.

Just outside the top ten but still scoring points were Leopard Racing's Hiroki Ono in eleventh from an 32nd place qualifying, Juanfran Guevara, riding with after sustaining a broken collarbone in twelfth for Mapfre Team Mahindra, Livio Loi (RW Racing GP) in 13th, Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Drive M7 SIC) in 14th and Stefano Manzi (San Carlo Team Italia) in 15th for his first world championship point

John McPhee finished 17th for the SaxoPrint-RTG team.

Karel Hanika took 20th after his pit lane start.

Fabio Quartararo had looked to be in contention for a home podium before falling from fourth with just seven laps remaining.

Remy Gardner, Gabriel Rodrigo and Brad Binder all failed to make it past the first lap, falling at turn three, they were joined moments later by Leopard's Efren Vazquez who also failed to improve his fortunes after a bad qualifying session.

Jorge Navarro had fallen to tenth from second on the grid before being the next to crash out, leaving the Estrella Galicia team with no finishers.

Also failing to go the distance were Alessandro Tonucci who retired to the pits and fallers Darryn Binder and French rider Jules Danilo.

Niklas Ajo and Alexis Masbou had a near race long battle for position, but shortly after handing Ajo a place after conceding position after Race Direction informed him he had exceeded the track limits the pair fell, leaving no French riders in the mix in Le Mans.

Matteo Ferrari's late exit meant only 20 riders finished the race.


Loading Comments...