Romano Fenati was as relentless as the pouring rain as he powered away to dominate the Moto3 Japanese Grand Prix in Motegi.

The Marinelli Rivacold snipers man took a full 25 points after moving into second from sixth on the grid on the opening lap and waiting patiently behind then leader Nico Antonelli.

A slight error by his fellow Italian saw him able to hit the front on lap three of the shortened 13 lap race and Fenati never looked back, extending his gap to 4.146s at the line, where he celebrated his crucial win with a wheelie.

By contrast championship leader Joan Mir, who started 20th after his grid penalty was applied, only progressed after some late crashes ahead of him, seeing him finish 17th, leaving his points tally for the season static at 271, with the gap cut to 55 points by Fenati’s third win of the season.

Fenati now has the most victories in the Moto3 class with a total of ten to his name.

The Honda man was joined on the podium by Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Antonelli, who reacted to pressure for his place to pull away into a clear second and Mahindra rider Marco Bezzecchi for CIP, for his first podium appearance.

Top home rider Tatsuki Suzuki was in contention for a rostrum until a small error in the closing stages, but the SIC58 Squadra Corse rider still recorded a career best result in fourth at the Twin Ring.

Fifth went to Aron Canet, the best of the Estrella Galicia 0,0 team riders, with Philipp Oettel clawing through the pack for a strong sixth plcae finish for Sudmetall Schedl GP.

Fabio Di Giannantonio improved to seventh by the chequered flag for Gresini, ahead of Jakub Kornfeil who managed a solid result amid the spray for the Peugeot MC Saxoprint team.

Bo Bendsneyder collected ninth for Red Bull KTM Ajo, with John McPhee staging an impressive comeback for a top ten finish for the British Talent Team.

Nakarin Atiratphuvapat (Honda Team Asia) showed his wet weather skills for eleventh, just ahead of pole man Nicolo Bulega, who struggled once away from the front to drop down the order, with twelfth his best after recovering.

Andrea Migno(Sky Racing Team VR46), who’s oil on the wet track caused the shortened race distance, was 13th, Marcos Ramirez (Platinum Bay Real Estate) 14th and Jorge Martin(Gresini) 15th with his final surge enough to claim the final point.

Wild-card Tom Toparis (Cube Racing) finished the race in 24th and will return for his home race in Australia.

Lorenzo Dalla Porta retired early in the race, while Manuel Pagliani was the first faller. Later Adam Norrodin was slung over his bike from sixth position at the halfway mark, but walked away unhurt.

Towards the end of the race Gabriel Rodrigo crashed in front of Ayumu Sasaki nowhere to go. Rodrigo’s RBA team-mate Juanfran Guevara fell shortly after.

Albert Arenas missed the race after fracturing his hand on Saturday.


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