Joan Mir pushed his Honda to the limit finding the right line over the final corners to win by a slim margin in the Moto3 Qatar Grand Prix, under the floodlights in Losail.

The Leopard Racing rider was always present in the front pack as the lead continually changed hands, Mir pulling out just enough of an advantage, a margin of just 0.135s, for the second win of his career. The Spaniard also lead the way in the morning warm-up session.

John McPhee took his first podium in the dry in second with a superb ride for the new British Talent Team, leading several times over the duration after a flurry of fastest laps pulled him into contention before Mir worked to his strengths to find an advantage.

Pole-sitter Jorge Martin pushed hard to make a late impact in the lead group and scored the final podium spot for his efforts for Del Conca Gresini.

The Spaniard held off Estrella Galicia rider Aron Canet who had to settle for fourth.

The Honda domination continued with Romano Fenati pulling out a series of fast and hard moves to briefly lead before finishing an eventual fifth for Marinelli Rivacold Snipers.

Sixth was the top KTM - Andrea Migno's Sky Racing Team VR46 machine, with last seasons race winner Niccolo Antonelli next to take the chequered flag in seventh for Red Bull KTM Ajo.

Fabio Di Giannantonio put his pre-season injury woes behind him as he battled hard to take eighth on the second Gresini entry, Marcos Ramirez was close behind in ninth for the much improved Platinum Real Estate team.

Adam Norrodin gave the SIC Racing Team their first top ten finish with a last push to the line.

His team-mate Ayumu Sasaki was just behind and the top rookie in a very competitive race.

Livio Loi won a five-man drag to the line to take twelfth for Leopard, beating Darryn Binder (Platinum Bay Real Estate) into 13th,Nicolo Bulega (Sky Racing Team VR46) into 14th and Tatsuki Suzuki (SIC58 Squadra Corse) to 15th.

Enea Bastianini was also in that group but was shuffled out of a points finish in 16th.

Bo Bendsneyder was the first to fall on lap four, but rejoined finishing last, Albert Arenas crashed out ending his day one lap later.

There were no points for the the RBA team after Philipp Oettl caught Juanfran Guevara with five laps to go.

Their other rider Gabriel Rodrigo missed the race after breaking his collarbone during the first practice session.

Patrik Pulkkinen also crashed out on his grand prix debut, fellow rookie Marco Bezecchi found the gravel on the final lap.

By Lisa Lewis


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