Joan Mir caught just enough of an advantage to record back-to-back wins after surging through from 16th on the grid for victory in the Moto3 Grand Prix in Argentina.

The Leopard rider pushed hard to catch the front group over the first two laps after judging the weather poorly in qualifying, he then upped the pace aboard his Honda to try and break away.

With a huge train of riders remaining it wasn't until the final eight laps that the front five could pull away, but even then the lead still changed hands over and over. Once ahead Mir held a small advantage at the start of the final lap and was challenged all the way by John McPhee, winning by just +0.261 at the line.

Joan Mir leads the championship with a 50 points total, winning both rounds so far this year.

Pole man John McPhee was again a very impressive second as he was in Qatar for the British Talent Team.

The final podium spot went to Jorge Martin for Del Conca Gresini , again echoing the Qatar result with another all Honda top three.

Philipp Oettl (Sudmetall Schedl GP) was also in the mix and both he and Andrea Migno (Sky Racing Team VR46) fought hard after contact with each other dropped them off the pace to be right behind the rostrum finishers in fourth and fifth respectively, and the top KTM's.

Livio Loi was the best of the rest, but over seven seconds behind his team-mate Mir for sixth. Romano Fenati battled the Belgian frantically over the final laps before settling for seventh for Marinelli Rivacold Snipers.

Tatsuki Suzuki followed the Italian over the line and was the best placed finisher for the new SIC58 Squadra Corse team.

There was then an almost four second wait for Janfran Guevars to claim ninth for RBA and Kaito Toba (Honda Team Asia) to pull back enough places to claim a top ten finish as the top rookie in Argentina.

Aron Canet slipped back to eleventh for Estrella Galicia 0,0, while Darryn Binder was back in the in the points for Platinum Bay Real Estate in twelfth.

Niccolo Bulega was also in the front group early on before fading to 13th for Sky Racing Team VR46, Binder's team-mate Marcos Ramirez took the chequered flag in 14th and rookie Tony Arbolino for the SIC58 team just beat unlucky Maria Herrera to the final point.

Niccolo Antonelli was first out of the race following contact with Fenati, the incident was investigated by race direction but no action taken. Home hopeful Gabriel Rodrigo slid out of the top ten with ten laps to go.

Fabio Di Giannantonio and Enea Bastianini lasted just one lap more both falling at turn five, Nicolo Bulega nudged 'Diggia' off track and the incident was also placed under investigation, while Bastianini ran wide.

Lorenzo Dalla Porta retired his Mahindra to the pits on the same lap.


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