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Historic day for Bagnaia and Mahindra at The Cathedral

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Historic day for Bagnaia and Mahindra at The Cathedral
Rain stayed away but the Motul TT Assen was packed with action as Francesco Bagnaia took victory ahead of Fabio Migno and Andrea Di Giannantonio and in so doing gave Mahindra their first Moto3 win.

For the 800th time the lightweight class championship lined up on the grid, Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing Moto3) on pole and looking to break the pole position curse. It was a historic day as the Moto3 World Championship race was also the first one to be held on a Sunday at Assen. The Motul TT Assen was declared dry, but dark clouds began to blot out the sun as the lights went out. Away they went, Bastianini and Andrea Migno (SKY Racing Team VR46) flying off the line.

Francesco Bagnaia (Aspar Mahindra Team Moto3) had a steady first lap and hit the lead on lap two, his Mahindra able to hold its own around the 18 fast and flowing corners of Assen. It was a cut and thrust battle for most of the 22 lap race, no one able to gain any sort of advantage. He timed his move to perfection, expertly navigating the final chicane to carry enough speed to take a photo finish victory. Not only was it his first win on the world stage, but also Mahindra's who have now broken Honda and KTM's domination of the lightweight class.

Having only scored his first points in Mugello, Fabio Di Giannantonio (Gresini Racing Moto3) continued to show the importance of confidence as the Italian was once more involved in the podium battle. There was little room for tactics, Di Giannantonio doing all he could to hang on until the last lap. In true Assen style it was all about the run through the chicane, his Honda pushing him to third, 0.021s off victory. After the race Migno was demoted to third, promoting Di Giannantonio to second.

On lap nine of the race Migno put in an aggressive move to lead the race, having spent the opening portion of the Motul TT Assen just outside the top three. Brad Binder attacked him but the Italian responded, able to hold his own against the championship leader. On the last lap he made an incredible move through Hoge Heide and the Ramshoek, coming from fifth to lead into the chicane. 0.018s separated him from his first win, making his podium debut with second. But after the race it was ruled that Migno had made an illegal overtake and was thus demoted to third.
Historic day for Bagnaia and Mahindra at The Cathedral
The Moto3 class leaes the line for a dry Assen race.
Despite a strong start to the race, Romano Fenati (SKY Racing Team VR46) was unable to make it happen on the last lap. The Italian was squeezed out coming into the final chicane and forced to settle for fourth, despite having led at multiple stages in the race. He‰Ûªs now 58-points back on Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo). Niccolo Antonelli (Ongetta-Rivacold) left his charge till late in the race, leading as the final lap began but like Fenati found himself unable to progress at the chicane. Fifth is his best result since Mugello.

Championship leader Binder was immediately in the front group. As is typical in the Moto3 class his lead wouldn‰Ûªt last and the South African was quickly pushed back to fourth. He seemed to be waiting for his chance to strike. But with seven laps to go he saved a near highside at Turn 15, forced to run across the gravel and grass. This dropped the South African to 13th, five seconds back on the front group. He went on to finish a distant 12th, but maintains the championship lead.

Last minute replacement Albert Arenas (Aspar Mahindra Team Moto3) was the first faller of the race, highsiding as he entered the chicane.

The second lap saw a nasty fall for Gabriel Rodrigo (RBA Racing Team), his KTM colliding with Fabio Quartararo (Leopard Racing) and taking them both down. Fortunately no one was seriously hurt, riders taking evasive action to avoid the fallen riders in the middle of the track.

Lap eight produced yet more drama as Aron Canet (Estrella Galicia 0,0) carried too much speed into the final chicane, forcing Bastianini wide but taking Juanfran Guevara (RBA Racing Team) out of the race. Both riders were able to walk away unharmed.

Alexis Masbou (Peugeot MC Saxoprint) and Tatsuki Suzuki (CIP-Unicom Starker) fell together at Turn 1 on lap 13, the Japanese rider clutching his wrist as he walked away.

Bastianini‰Ûªs race came to an abrupt end with four laps to go as he tried to force his way through a gap that didn‰Ûªt exist at Turn 10 on the inside of Bulega. He was frustrated but unharmed.

Main Photo: Francesco Bagnaia celebrates his Assen Moto3 win
Credit: Motogp.com


Moto3 Race Results - Assen
1. Francesco Bagnaia ITA ASPAR Mahindra Team Moto3 (Mahindra) 38m 11.535s
2. Fabio Di Giannantonio ITA Gresini Racing Moto3 (Honda) 38m 11.574s
3. Andrea Migno ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 (KTM) 38m 11.553s
4. Romano Fenati ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 (KTM) 38m 11.619s
5. NiccolÌ_ Antonelli ITA Ongetta-Rivacold (Honda) 38m 11.671s
6. Jules Danilo FRA Ongetta-Rivacold (Honda) 38m 11.696s
7. Nicolo Bulega ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 (KTM) 38m 12.361s
8. Joan Mir SPA Leopard Racing (KTM) 38m 12.374s
9. Bo Bendsneyder NED Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 38m 12.558s
10. Lorenzo Dalla Porta ITA Estrella Galicia 0,0 (Honda) 38m 12.573s
11. Philipp Oettl GER Schedl GP Racing (KTM) 38m 12.688s
12. Brad Binder RSA Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 38m 23.704s
13. Jakub Kornfeil CZE Drive M7 SIC Racing Team (Honda) 38m 27.176s
14. Maria Herrera SPA MH6 Team (KTM) 38m 30.053s
15. Livio Loi BEL RW Racing GP BV (Honda) 38m 30.084s
16. John Mcphee GBR Peugeot MC Saxoprint (Peugeot) 38m 30.137s
17. Darryn Binder RSA Platinum Bay Real Estate (Mahindra) 38m 48.454s
18. Stefano Valtulini ITA 3570 Team Italia (Mahindra) 38m 53.097s
19. Adam Norrodin MAL Drive M7 SIC Racing Team (Honda) 38m 53.182s
20. Lorenzo Petrarca ITA 3570 Team Italia (Mahindra) 39m 6.174s
21. Fabio Spiranelli ITA CIP-Unicom Starker (Mahindra) 39m 6.830s
22. Danny Webb GBR Platinum Bay Real Estate (Mahindra) 39m 15.806s
DNF Enea Bastianini ITA Gresini Racing Moto3 (Honda)
DNF Andrea Locatelli ITA Leopard Racing (KTM)
DNF Alexis Masbou FRA Peugeot MC Saxoprint (Peugeot)
DNF Tatsuki Suzuki JPN CIP-Unicom Starker (Mahindra)
DNF Juanfran Guevara SPA RBA Racing Team (KTM)
DNF Aron Canet SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 (Honda)
DNF Gabriel Rodrigo ARG RBA Racing Team (KTM)
DNF Fabio Quartararo FRA Leopard Racing (KTM)
DNF Khairul Idham Pawi MAL Honda Team Asia (Honda)
DNF Albert Arenas SPA ASPAR Mahindra Team Moto3 (Mahindra)

Moto3 World Standing 2016
1 Brad BINDER KTM RSA 151 Points
2 Jorge NAVARRO Honda SPA 103 Points
3 Romano FENATI KTM ITA 93 Points
4 Francesco BAGNAIA Mahindra ITA 79 Points
5 Nicolo BULEGA KTM ITA 75 Points
6 NiccolÌ_ ANTONELLI Honda ITA 63 Points
7 Joan MIR KTM SPA 50 Points
8 Enea BASTIANINI Honda ITA 49 Points
9 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda ITA 47 Points
10 Jakub KORNFEIL Honda CZE 45 Points
11 Fabio QUARTARARO KTM FRA 39 Points
12 Andrea MIGNO KTM ITA 37 Points
13 Jules DANILO Honda FRA 34 Points
14 Aron CANET Honda SPA 33 Points
15 Philipp OETTL KTM GER 32 Points
16 Andrea LOCATELLI KTM ITA 30 Points
17 Khairul Idham PAWI Honda MAL 29 Points
18 Juanfran GUEVARA KTM SPA 25 Points
19 Livio LOI Honda BEL 22 Points
20 Hiroki ONO Honda JPN 20 Points
21 Bo BENDSNEYDER KTM NED 14 Points
22 John MCPHEE Peugeot GBR 10 Points
23 Jorge MARTIN Mahindra SPA 10 Points
24 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Honda ITA 7 Points
25 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM ARG 6 Points
26 Adam NORRODIN Honda MAL 5 Points
27 Darryn BINDER Mahindra RSA 4 Points
28 Maria HERRERA KTM SPA 4 Points
29 Tatsuki SUZUKI Mahindra JPN 4 Points

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