The Spanish Raúl Fernández (KTM) won this Sunday the Moto3 European Grand Prix, held at the Ricardo Tormo de Cheste circuit, near Valencia (Spain), while the Japanese Ai Ogura (Honda), third, approached the leader of the World Championship, the Spanish Alber Arenas (KTM).
Fernández, who started from the second position on the grid, entered the goal in front of his compatriot Sergio García (Honda) and Ogura.
“It’s incredible. We have worked hard to achieve these feelings and finally we achieved the first victory. Today is a very special day that I will always remember,” said Fernández, who achieved his first victory in the World Cup.
Ogura, second in the World Cup standings in the category, could not, however, snatch the lead from Spanish Albert Arenas, who did not finish the race.
The World Cup leader, who had to enter workshops after a collision with Alonso López, ended up seeing the black flag for ‘irresponsible driving’ when he rolled in the middle of the leading group annoying Ogura, despite having several lost laps due to his entry into workshops.
Despite not finishing the race, Arenas retains the championship lead, but with only three points over the Japanese driver.
Fernández practically dominated the race from start to finish, taking advantage of the fall of Italian Celestino Vietti (KTM) in the second lap to flee from his rivals and take the lead.
Behind, the British John McPhee went to the ground, as did Jaume Masiá, while Ogura launched in the last laps for the second place that could have given him the championship lead.
The Japanese started a fight with Tony Arbolino and Sergio García, who at the beginning of the last lap overtook the Italian to get second, while behind Ogura also surpassed the Italian to finish third.
– Classification of the Moto3 European GP held at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia (4,005 km) this Sunday:
1. Raúl Fernández (ESP / KTM) the 23 laps in 38: 29.140 that is 143.6 km / h on average
2. Sergio Garcia (ESP / Honda) at 0.703
3. Ai Ogura (JPN / Honda) at 1,005
4. Tony Arbolino (ITA / Honda) to 1,037
5. Darryn Binder (AFS / KTM) at 13,392
– Classification of the Moto3 World Championship after 13 races out of 15:
1. Albert Arenas (ESP / KTM) 157 pts
2. Ai Ogura (JPN / Honda) 154
3. Celestino Vietti (ITA / KTM) 137
4. Tony Arbolino (ITA / Honda) 134
5. Jaume Masia (ESP / Honda) 133
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