Pawi becomes the undisputed king of the wet in Germany


Malaysia‰Ûªs Khairul Idham Pawi didn‰Ûªt disappoint when the rain came in Germany, cruising to a second career win at round nine of the World Moto3 Championship.

Rain remained after Warm Up at the Sachsenring, the Moto3 World Championship race at the GoPro Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland set to be a very wet affair. Having topped Warm Up and won a wet Argentina GP, Khairul Idham Pawi (Honda Team Asia) could hardly contain his smile on the grid. With rain continuing to hammer down, everyone on the grid knew it would be a long and hard race, staying safe and upright the key to a good result.

By the end of the first lap, Pawi had shot from 20th to seventh and was well and truly in the battle for victory. As lap five began he hit the front and as in Argentina, with clear track ahead of him he was able to fly and easily set times a second faster than those behind.

As lap 14 began he ran off track, a clear warning sign to ease off. But he didn‰Ûªt relent, growing his lead with each lap and crossing the line 11.131s ahead of second place. Pawi was the first Malaysian to win a Grand Prix and now becomes the first, and so far only, Malaysian to win two Grands Prix.
Khairul Idham Pawi sloshing his way to victory. Photo:
Andrea Locatelli (Leopard Racing) had a quiet opening lap but rallied as the race went on, battling for the podium. The Italian would be pushed back and found himself battling with John McPhee (Peugeot MC Saxoprint) for third, soon promoted to second by Hiroki Ono‰Ûªs (Honda Team Asia) near-fall. He briefly came under pressure from Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing Moto3), but a solid rhythm saw him cross the line in second and take a career first podium. This was also Leopard Racing‰Ûªs first podium of 2016 after claiming the lightweight class championship with Danny Kent in 2015.

Pole-man Enea Bastianini made an excellent start to the race and led into Turn 1, followed by Bo Bendsneyder (Red Bull KTM Ajo). The Italian lost several positions during the opening half of the race but gathered himself as the race went on, charging back into podium contention. He and John McPhee sparred for third in the treacherous conditions, soon joined by Jakub Kornfeil (Drive M7 SIC Racing Team). He was able to break the pair and get his second podium of the year, a little dissapointed by the wet conditions.

With Pawi powering away at the front, very few people noticed the charge of Jakub Kornfeil. He battled hard for the podium but was unable to match Bastianini in the last laps, taking fourth. Behind was Fabio Di Giannantonio (Gresini Racing Team) who won a tight three-rider battle to complete the top five.

Further down the order, Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) and Jorge Navarro (Estrella Galicia 0,0) battled for seventh place, neither wanting to risk as much as the likes of Pawi with a championship on the line. Navarro would win the battle, crossing the line in seventh and gaining one point on Binder, who was eighth.

After their falls in Qualifying, both Maria Herrera (MH6 Team) and Niccolo Antonelli (Ongetta-Rivacold) were forced to miss the race. Herrera sustained a broken wrist while Antonelli broke his collarbone. Both will have the summer break to recover.

Main Photo: Idham Pawi

Moto3 Race Classification 2016 - Sachsenring, Round 9 -
1 Khairul Idham PAWI MAL Honda Team Asia Honda 126.1 47'07.763
2 Andrea LOCATELLI ITA Leopard Racing KTM +11.131
3 Enea BASTIANINI ITA Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda +13.359
4 Jakub KORNFEIL CZE Drive M7 SIC Racing Team Honda +18.541
5 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO ITA Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda +20.620
6 John MCPHEE GBR Peugeot MC Saxoprint Peugeot +20.698
7 Jorge NAVARRO SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +20.910
8 Brad BINDER RSA Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM +23.333
9 Jules DANILO FRA Ongetta-Rivacold Honda +30.318
10 Francesco BAGNAIA ITA Pull & Bear ASPAR Mahindra Team Mahindra +31.095
11 Tatsuki SUZUKI JPN CIP-Unicom Starker Mahindra +37.688
12 Bo BENDSNEYDER NED Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM +45.005
13 Gabriel RODRIGO ARG RBA Racing Team KTM +47.793
14 Livio LOI BEL RW Racing GP BV Honda +48.073
15 Aron CANET SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +56.921
16 Alexis MASBOU FRA Peugeot MC Saxoprint Peugeot +1'10.787
17 Philipp OETTL GER Schedl GP Racing KTM +1'13.873
18 Romano FENATI ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +1'14.813
19 Maximillian KAPPLER GER KRM-RZT KTM +1'15.203
20 Stefano VALTULINI ITA 3570 Team Italia Mahindra +1'15.434
21 Tim GEORGI GER Freudenberg Racing Team KTM +1'23.906
22 Danny WEBB GBR Platinum Bay Real Estate Mahindra +1'38.548
23 Fabio QUARTARARO FRA Leopard Racing KTM 1 Lap
DNF Nicolo BULEGA ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM 13 Laps
DNF Adam NORRODIN MAL Drive M7 SIC Racing Team Honda 15 Laps
DNF Hiroki ONO JPN Honda Team Asia Honda 16 Laps
DNF Jorge MARTIN SPA Pull & Bear ASPAR Mahindra Team Mahindra 17 Laps
DNF Andrea MIGNO ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM 17 Laps
DNF Darryn BINDER RSA Platinum Bay Real Estate Mahindra 19 Laps
DNF Juanfran GUEVARA SPA RBA Racing Team KTM 19 Laps
DNF Lorenzo PETRARCA ITA 3570 Team Italia Mahindra 20 Laps

Moto3 World Standing 2016 After round 9
1 Brad BINDER KTM RSA 159 Points
2 Jorge NAVARRO Honda SPA 112 Points
3 Romano FENATI KTM ITA 93 Points
4 Francesco BAGNAIA Mahindra ITA 85 Points
5 Nicolo BULEGA KTM ITA 75 Points
6 Enea BASTIANINI Honda ITA 65 Points
7 NiccolÌ_ ANTONELLI Honda ITA 63 Points
8 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda ITA 58 Points
9 Jakub KORNFEIL Honda CZE 58 Points
10 Khairul Idham PAWI Honda MAL 54 Points
11 Andrea LOCATELLI KTM ITA 50 Points
12 Joan MIR KTM SPA 50 Points
13 Jules DANILO Honda FRA 41 Points
14 Fabio QUARTARARO KTM FRA 39 Points
15 Andrea MIGNO KTM ITA 37 Points
16 Aron CANET Honda SPA 34 Points
17 Philipp OETTL KTM GER 32 Points
18 Juanfran GUEVARA KTM SPA 25 Points
19 Livio LOI Honda BEL 24 Points
20 Hiroki ONO Honda JPN 20 Points
21 John MCPHEE Peugeot GBR 20 Points
23 Jorge MARTIN Mahindra SPA 10 Points
24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Mahindra JPN 9 Points
25 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM ARG 9 Points
26 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Honda ITA 7 Points
27 Adam NORRODIN Honda MAL 5 Points
28 Darryn BINDER Mahindra RSA 4 Points
29 Maria HERRERA KTM SPA 4 Points

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