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Tactical Navarro holds off attacks to take his maiden win
Jorge Navarro took his maiden Moto3 victory at the Catalan GP ahead of championship leader Brad Binder and Enea Bastianini.

Sun continued to grace the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya as the Moto3 World Championship lined up on the grid, the first race to be run on the revised layout.

Championship leader Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) was on pole for just the second time, out to take a fourth straight win of the season. The circuit roared to life as the 35 strong field jumped forward, the slipstream keeping them all close together.

While the opening laps were hectic for some, Jorge Navarro (Estrella Galicia 0,0) kept his head cool and his powder dry. He worked his way to the front of the field and looked to be opening up an advantage until a big mistake on lap eight at Turn 7 dropped him from first to fifth. By lap 15 he had again worked his way to the front of the field and once more attempted to break away. His plan would eventually work, the Spaniard going on to take his first ever World Championship victory by 0.564s.

Binder made a fantastic start and led into Turn 1, but found himself surrounded by rivals, just as he had in Mugello. The leading three looked to be breaking away from Binder, but he rallied and caught them within a few laps, leading across the line on lap 10 as a clear group of eight riders fought for victory. Five laps from the end disaster struck for Binder, Gabriel Rodrigo (RBA Racing Team) colliding with the rear of his KTM and sending them both wide. With three laps to go Binder looked to be out of contention, but a stunning move at the start of the last lap saw him take second. His lead shrinks by only five points, leaving Barcelona with a 44-point lead.

The race marked a return to form for Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing Moto3), the Italian in contention from the start. Bastianini looked a shadow of his former title challenging self at the start of the season but was back to his best in Barcelona. He attacked and defended till the end, returning to the podium with third place and keeping his perfect podium record in Catalunya alive.

Action was intense throughout the race, the front eight eventually becoming the front five. Romano Fenati (SKY Racing Team VR46) was a man on a mission, out to recover after a technical issue destroyed his home race. The Italian was quickly inside the top five, in podium contention by lap eight, eventually finishing fourth ahead of teammate Nicolo Bulega (SKY Racing Team VR46). The last lap was classic Moto3 action,
Tactical Navarro holds off attacks to take his maiden win
The Moto3 class leaves the grid
A number of riders fell on the first lap, Alexis Masbou (Peugeot MC Saxoprint) and Stefan Valtulini (3570 Team Italia) coming together with the latter remounting before retiring. At Turn 10 Adam Norrodin (Drive M7 SIC Racing Team) fell on the first lap as well.

Hiroki Ono (Honda Team Asia) suffered a fall on the exit of Turn 2, unfortunately collecting Jules Danilo (Ongetta-Rivacold) in the process. Ono sustained fractures to two fingers on his left hand.

Lap 6 saw another multi-rider accident, Francesco Bagnaia (Aspar Mahindra Team Moto3) and Juanfran Guevara (RBA Racing Team) coming together at the new Turn 10. One lap later Andrea Migno (SKY Racing Team VR46) lost the front at the same corner. Turn 10 also saw a fall for wildcard Albert Arenas (MRW Mahindra Aspar Team) on lap 14.

Niccolo Antonelli (Ongetta-Rivacold) looked to be gaining on the front group after a poor start to the race from second. His comeback was cut short as he fell at Turn 15 on lap 15, just losing the front.

Jorge Martin (Aspar Mahindra Team Moto3) fell at Turn 2 towards the end of the race, walking away from a heavy fall.

Khairul Idham Pawi (Honda Team Asia) led lap 2, the slipstream helping the Malaysian to snatch the lead at the start of the race. Having been in contention for victory for much of the race, he crashed at Turn 10 on the 20th lap. He was soon followed by Gabriel Rodrigo who had had a similarly fantastic start to the race, leading for the first time in his career. The Argentinian slid off at Turn 1 on lap 21.

Main Photo: Winner Jorge Navarro


Moto3 Results
1. Jorge Navarro SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 (Honda) 42m 18.228s
2. Brad Binder RSA Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 42m 18.792s
3. Enea Bastianini ITA Gresini Racing Moto3 (Honda) 42m 19.045s
4. Romano Fenati ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 (KTM) 42m 19.153s
5. Nicolo Bulega ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 (KTM) 42m 19.759s
6. Aron Canet SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 (Honda) 42m 19.809s
7. Fabio Quartararo FRA Leopard Racing (KTM) 42m 31.833s
8. Joan Mir SPA Leopard Racing (KTM) 42m 31.900s
9. Fabio Di Giannantonio ITA Gresini Racing Moto3 (Honda) 42m 31.981s
10. Jakub Kornfeil CZE Drive M7 SIC Racing Team (Honda) 42m 33.042s
11. Bo Bendsneyder NED Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 42m 33.068s
12. Darryn Binder RSA Platinum Bay Real Estate (Mahindra) 42m 48.088s
13. Juanfran Guevara SPA RBA Racing Team (KTM) 42m 50.234s
14. Tatsuki Suzuki JPN CIP-Unicom Starker (Mahindra) 42m 51.533s
15. John Mcphee GBR Peugeot MC Saxoprint (Peugeot) 42m 51.994s
16. Livio Loi BEL RW Racing GP BV (Honda) 42m 53.214s
17. Philipp Oettl GER Schedl GP Racing (KTM) 42m 54.612s
18. Andrea Migno ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 (KTM) 42m 59.959s
19. Andrea Locatelli ITA Leopard Racing (KTM) 43m 1.213s
20. NiccolÌ_ Antonelli ITA Ongetta-Rivacold (Honda) 43m 17.263s
21. Fabio Spiranelli ITA CIP-Unicom Starker (Mahindra) 43m 47.941s
22. Lorenzo Petrarca ITA 3570 Team Italia (Mahindra) 43m 48.868s
DNF Karel Hanika CZE Platinum Bay Real Estate (Mahindra)
DNF Davide Pizzoli ITA Procercasa - 42 Motorsport (KTM)
DNF Gabriel Rodrigo ARG RBA Racing Team (KTM)
DNF Khairul Idham Pawi MAL Honda Team Asia (Honda)
DNF Jorge Martin SPA ASPAR Mahindra Team Moto3 (Mahindra)
DNF Albert Arenas SPA MRW Mahindra Aspar Team (Mahindra)
DNF Francesco Bagnaia ITA ASPAR Mahindra Team Moto3 (Mahindra)
DNF Adam Norrodin MAL Drive M7 SIC Racing Team (Honda)
DNF Hiroki Ono JPN Honda Team Asia (Honda)
DNF Jules Danilo FRA Ongetta-Rivacold (Honda)
DNF Maria Herrera SPA MH6 Team (KTM)
DNF Stefano Valtulini ITA 3570 Team Italia (Mahindra)
DNF Alexis Masbou FRA Peugeot MC Saxoprint (Peugeot)

Moto3 Standings after round 7:
1 Brad BINDER KTM RSA 147 Points
2 Jorge NAVARRO Honda SPA 103 Points
3 Romano FENATI KTM ITA 80 Points
4 Nicolo BULEGA KTM ITA 66 Points
5 Francesco BAGNAIA Mahindra ITA 54 Points
6 NiccolÌ_ ANTONELLI Honda ITA 52 Points
7 Enea BASTIANINI Honda ITA 49 Points
8 Joan MIR KTM SPA 42 Points
9 Jakub KORNFEIL Honda CZE 42 Points
10 Fabio QUARTARARO KTM FRA 39 Points
11 Aron CANET Honda SPA 33 Points
12 Andrea LOCATELLI KTM ITA 30 Points
13 Khairul Idham PAWI Honda MAL 29 Points
14 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda ITA 27 Points
15 Philipp OETTL KTM GER 27 Points
16 Juanfran GUEVARA KTM SPA 25 Points
17 Jules DANILO Honda FRA 24 Points
18 Andrea MIGNO KTM ITA 21 Points
19 Livio LOI Honda BEL 21 Points
20 Hiroki ONO Honda JPN 20 Points
21 John MCPHEE Peugeot GBR 10 Points
22 Jorge MARTIN Mahindra SPA 10 Points
23 Bo BENDSNEYDER KTM NED 7 Points
24 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM ARG 6 Points
25 Adam NORRODIN Honda MAL 5 Points
26 Darryn BINDER Mahindra RSA 4 Points
27 Tatsuki SUZUKI Mahindra JPN 4 Points
28 Maria HERRERA KTM SPA 2 Points
29 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA KTM ITA 1 Points

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