Moto3

Romano Fenati Wins Tight Moto3 Contest In Argentina, Jack Miller 3rd

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KTM rider Romano Fenati was declared the winner of the Moto3 Grand Prix of Argentina on Sunday at the brand new Termas de Rio Hondo racing circuit after a final dramatic few seconds in the final corner when he bumped both Red Bull KTM Ajo‰Ûªs Jack Miller and Alex Marquez.

Marquez was declared second and Miller, the championship leader third.

Pole man Jack Miller, Romano Fenati and Spanish rider Efren Vazquez dominated the first half of the race. The tone of the race emerged early as these three riders were locked in a fierce three-way battle that saw the lead go back and forth at almost every corner and some very hard jockeying for position on the sweeping 4.8 km circuit.

Then with 11 of 21 laps to go, just after Vazquez had made a bid for the lead, Marquez and teammate Alex Rins caught the leading group of three. Marquez then fought it out with the two KTM riders while Vazquez slipped down the order at the same time as 17-year-old birthday boy Livio Loi of Belgium moved into fourth on his KTM-driven KALEX machine.

It was clear that the battle for the lead was going to be relentless, especially in the final corners and while it looked like Miller was going to pull off his hat-trick of early season victories, Fenati went through the middle of him and Marquez. Bars bumped and the young Italian grabbed the glory in the final meters.

While Miller was clearly disappointed with the outcome, he still leaves Argentina with a 17-point lead in the championship points and an enviable 1-1-3 result from the first three rounds of the Moto3 World Championship.
Jack Miller looked as though he was on for his third straight win before he was pushed wide with two corners to go - Credit: Gold and Goose
Miller said it had been a good but hard fought race and that he was happy to have salvaged the podium place and the valuable championship points.

‰ÛÏAt first I focused on doing my laps, pulling ahead as planned, with a little fighting with Fenati." Miller explained. "We managed to open a gap and we ended up as a group of four riders.

"My strategy on the penultimate lap was to let Marquez pass, but I also let Fenati by. It didn‰Ûªt upset me because on the last lap I could take advantage of the slipstream of two bikes on the back straight. I made the move to overtake them but I didn‰Ûªt manage to get by Marquez and I had to pass him in the next corner.

"In the second to last corner I had the inside and was about to accelerate and I was hit from behind. I went into the dirty area of the track but was able to save the podium position.‰Û
Moto3 Podium - Credit: Gold and Goose
Moto3 Round 3 Results
1. Romano Fenati 38m34.451s ITA KTM SKY Racing Team By VR46
2. Alex Marquez 0.099 ESP HONDA Estrella Galicia 0'0
3. Jack Miller 0.540 AUS KTM Red Bull KTM Ajo
4. Livio Loi 0.624 BEL KALEX KTM Marc VDS Racing Team
5. Alex Rins 5.530 ESP HONDA Estrella Galicia 0'0
6. Efren Vazquez 5.653 ESP HONDA SaxoPrint-RTG
7. Isaac Vi̱ales 8.965 ESP KTM Calvo Team
8. Niklas Ajo 14.985 FIN HUSQVARNA Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo
9. Danny Kent 15.043 GBR HUSQVARNA Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo
10. Enea Bastianini 17.310 ITA KTM Junior Team GO&FUN Moto3
11. Alexis Masbou 18.821 FRA HONDA Ongetta-Rivacold
12. Juanfran Guevara 19.038 ESP KALEX KTM Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3
13. Alessandro Tonucci 19.197 ITA MAHINDRA CIP Moto3
14. Brad Binder 29.001 ZAF MAHINDRA Ambrogio Racing
15. Zulfahmi Khairuddin 38.124 SEPANG HONDA Ongetta-AirAsia
16. Hafiq Azmi 38.610 MAL KTM SIC-AJO
17. Scott Deroue 38.669 DUT KALEX KTM RW Racing GP
18. Bryan Schouten 38.807 NED MAHINDRA CIP Moto3
19. Eric Grando 48.717 BRA KTM Calvo Team
20. Jakub Kornfeil 58.925 CZE KTM Calvo Team
21. Philipp Oettl 59.582 GER KALEX KTM Interwetten Paddock Moto3
22. Arthur Sissis 1'00.029 AUS MAHINDRA Mahindra Racing
23. Ana Carrasco 1'00.112 ESP KALEX KTM RW Racing GP
24. Jules Danilo 1'06.128 FRA MAHINDRA Ambrogio Racing
25. Niccolo Antonelli 1'10.178 ITA KTM Junior Team GO&FUN Moto3
26. Gabriel Ramos 1'20.240 VEN KALEX KTM Kiefer Racing
27. Matteo Ferrari DNF ITA MAHINDRA San Carlo Team Italia
28. Karel Hanika DNF BRNO KTM Red Bull KTM Ajo
29. Luca Grunwald DNF GER KALEX KTM Kiefer Racing
30. Francesco Bagnaia DNF ITA KTM SKY Racing Team By VR46
31. John McPhee DNF SCO HONDA SaxoPrint-RTG
32. Andrea Locatelli DNF ITA MAHINDRA San Carlo Team Italia
33. Miguel Oliveira DNF PORTUGUESE MAHINDRA Mahindra Racing

Moto3 Championship Standings After Round 3
1. Jack Miller 66 pts
2. Romano Fenati 49 pts
3. Efren Vazquez 42 pts
4. Alex Marquez 40 pts
5. Alex Rins 35 pts
6. Alexis Masbou 24 pts
7. Jakub Kornfeil 21 pts
8. Danny Kent 18 pts
9. Livio Loi 17 pts
10. Isaac Vi̱ales 17 pts
11. Francesco Bagnaia 15 pts
12. Miguel Oliveira 14 pts
13. John McPhee 12 pts
14. Niklas Ajo 10 pts
15. Juanfran Guevara 9 pts
16. Enea Bastianini 9 pts
17. Karel Hanika 8 pts
18. Niccolo Antonelli 7 pts
19. Brad Binder 3 pts
20. Alessandro Tonucci 3 pts

Top Image: Romano Fenati pushed his way through to the Moto3 win in Argentina

Credit: Gold and Goose

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