UPDATE:Hiroki Ono disqualified from home podium for being under the minimum weight.

Enea Bastianini tasted victory for just the second time in his world championship career as he took advantage over the final corners of the Japanese Moto3 race at Motegi.

The Gresini rider brought Honda success at home after taking advantage on the last lap just ahead of Victory Corner and held off the South African to the line, winning by just seventeen thousandths after his perfectly timed overtake.

Binder was forced to settle for second, battling rear grip issues all the way after looking to be the dominant force in the race aboard his Red Bull KTM Ajo.

The pair were joined on the podium by home hero Hiroki Ono, his first world championship podium and the first Japanese rider on a lightweight rostrum since Youichi Ui back in 2001, and in any class since Dani Pedrosa's replacement Hiroshi Aoyama graced the 250cc podium in 2009.

In doing so he had contact with long time race rival Andrea Migno, ending his chances of a top three finish and handing a fourth place birthday gift to his Sky Racing Team Vr46 team-mate Nicolo Bulega, the top rookie finisher.

Schedl GP Racing rider Philipp Oettl earned fifth after chasing down the lead group, bringing the second Gresini wth Fabio Di Giannantonio on board along with him for sixth.

Francesco Bagnaia was the top Mahindra in seventh, but faded in the race after running in the top three in the opening laps.

Livio Loi scaled the pack for eighth for RW Racing, Fabio Quartararo took the chequered flag ninth for Leopard Racing and team-mate Joan Mir held on behind to complete the top ten.

2015 race winner Nico Antonelli was next to see the finish line for Ongetta, ahead of Lorenzo Dalla Porta for Sky Racing Team VR46 in twelfth.

Adam Norrodin finished a consistent weekend in the points in 13th for Drive M7 SIC, just ahead of his team-mate Jakub Kornfeil in 14th, Albert Arenas picked up a valuable point for Peugeot in 15th on the Saxoprint.

Jorge Navarro handed race winner Bastianini the advantage in the race to second in the championship after a fall at turn one which also collected Gabriel Rodrigo and John McPhee, who had shown top ten pace in warm-up. Jorge Navarro was stretchered away and later diagnosed with a dislocated shoulder.

Stefano Valtulini, Darryn Binder, birthday boy Andrea Locatelli and Aron Canet all found the gravel with sixteen laps remaining.

Canet remounted but fell again at the halfway point. Jorge Martin retired at the same point as the pain from his practice crash injury got the better of him.

Juanfran Guevara also failed to make it to the end of the race without a fall after a late turn four error.

Maria Herrera and Bo Bendsneyder were both awarded a ride through penalty for a jump start, halting their progress.



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