Joan Mir won a last lap battle for victory around the twisting Sachsenring in the German Moto3 Grand Prix.

The Leopard racing rider said he'd learnt from his strategy mistake in Assen which left him ninth and instead used the waterfall to gain momentum and push his Honda to the front heading through the final sector of the track as the lead trio battled for the win.

From the beginning of the race they had all been in contention at the front but managed to drop the group from five to three around the midway point.

With the podium men clear, as is so often the case in Moto3, it all came down to the final lap.

Romano Fenati had lead at the start and was pulling away on his Marinelli Rivacold Snipers bike before Mir executed his final move, the Italian still had enough to hold on to second for a Honda 1-2.

The ever improving Marcos Ramirez was elated with his first ever podium finish, the Platinum Bay Real Estate man was also the top KTM finisher.

Mir remains the championship leader heading into the summer break, increasing his overall total to 165 points.He is 37 points clear of Fenati who moves into second.

Nicolo Bulega was alone on track after his main rival Tony Arbolino was flicked off his bike when in fourth, handing him the position for Sky Racing VR46.

Equally lonely on track for most of the race was Philipp Oettl (Sudmetall Schedl GP Racing) who made a break for the leaders after getting to the front of the chasing group, but was too late to make an impact, taking fifth.

Estrella Galicia's Enea Bastianini caught the German over the final laps but could not find a way past so crossed the line sixth, he pulled clear of Livio Loi who took over at the front of the group in seventh for Leopard.

Bo Bendsneyder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) made it over the line this week after his drama in Assen for eighth, Narrowly ahead of Tatsuki Suzuki (SIC58 Squadra Corse) in ninth and Darryn Binder, placing both of the Platinum Bay Real Estate bikes inside the top ten.

Gresini's sole representative in Jorge Martin's absence after he fractured his ankle in practice, Fabio Di Giannantonio took the chequered flag in eleventh, with Juanfran Guevara twelfth for RBA.

The final points on offer went to Adam Norrodin (SIC Racing Team) in 13th, Jules Danilo (Marinelli Rivacold Snipers) in 14th and top rookie Marco Bezzecchi (CIP) in 15th.

John McPhee crashed out at the final corner with 20 laps remaining. The British Talent Team Rider lost the front heading into the final corner.

Danny Kent (replacing Niccolo Antonelli at Red Bull KTM Ajo) lasted until there was eleven laps left to run, when he fell at Omega while in 22nd as he struggled to recover his grid penalty.

Just seconds later Aron Canet did his championship hopes massive damage as he lost the front end at turn twelve, proving not for the first time this year there is little benefit to starting on pole in Moto3. The Spaniard personally has never collected a point in any of his three pole starts.

Gabriel Rodrigo crashed out of the points on the final lap.

There was action at the back too with Patrik Pulkkinen being given a ride through penalty for a jump start and an early crash for Maria Herrera, who had started last after her twelve place penalty, she rejoined but was lapped.

By Lisa Lewis

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