Jerez Moto3: Arenas wins thriller, McPhee crashes out

Rachit Thukral
motorsport.com

SIC58 Squadra Corse’s Tatsuki Suzuki started the second round of the season from pole position and held the lead in the opening laps, but was unable to pull away from the chasing pack.

That allowed Celestino Vietti to outbrake the Japanese rider heading into the hairpin on Lap 4 of 22, having slowly crept up the pack after starting from fifth on the grid.

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Vietti’s stint at the front lasted for eight laps, before first Tony Arbolino and then Arenas snatched the lead from the VR46 rider.

Arenas wasn’t able to make a break either, but was doing enough to hold off the remainder of the field led by Arbolino.

However, with five laps to go, Arbolino was able to take advantage of the slipstream to hit the front for the first time, with Arenas running slightly wide to allow Darryn Binder to also get through too.

At that point, McPhee - who had slipped to 10th earlier after making a sluggish start from the outside of the front row - took advantage of the situation to dispatch Arenas, Binder and Arbolino in quick succession to seize the lead.

However, the race was still far from settled, as Arbolino then engaged in a thrilling scrap with McPhee for the top spot on the podium.

McPhee started the final lap in the lead, having repassed Arbolino at the final corner on the previous tour, but the Snipers rider was able to overtake his Petronas Sprinta rival at the hairpin to shake up the order once again.

McPhee made a lunge going into the final corner as a last-ditch effort to score his first win since Le Mans last year, but ran wide at the exit, crashing out of the race.

Arenas emerged from the chaos to claim the top spot, adding to his victory from the Qatar round in March. 

Honda Team Asia’s Ai Ogura was the big gainer, demoting Arbolino to third at the chequered flag.

VR46’s Andrea Migno, who at one point looked like a serious threat for a victory, finished fourth, ahead of his teammate Vietti and the Ajo’s Raul Fernandez. 

Gresini rider Gabriel Rodrigo was classified seventh ahead of Suzuki, with Niccolo Antonelli (SIC58 Squadra Corse) and Jaume Masia (Leopard) completing the top 10.

CIP’s Binder crashed out with just two laps to go while in contention for a podium finish.

Jerez Moto3 - race results:

1

75

Spain
Spain

Albert Arenas

KTM

 

2

79

Japan
Japan

Ai Ogura

Honda

0.340

3

14

Italy
Italy

Tony Arbolino

Honda

0.369

4

16

Italy
Italy

Andrea Migno

KTM

0.546

5

13

Italy
Italy

Celestino Vietti Ramus

KTM

0.634

6

25

Spain
Spain

Raúl Fernández

KTM

0.682

7

2

Argentina
Argentina

Gabriel Rodrigo

Honda

0.753

8

24

Japan
Japan

Tatsuki Suzuki

Honda

0.881

9

23

Italy
Italy

Niccolo Antonelli

Honda

0.986

10

5

Spain
Spain

Jaume Masia

Honda

3.646

11

71

Japan
Japan

Ayumu Sasaki

KTM

3.751

12

82

Italy
Italy

Stefano Nepa

KTM

3.936

13

55

Italy
Italy

Romano Fenati

Husqvarna

4.157

14

21

Spain
Spain

Alonso López

Husqvarna

6.086

15

52

Spain
Spain

Jeremy Alcoba

Honda

5.608

16

6

Japan
Japan

Ryusei Yamanaka

Honda

6.098

17

11

Spain
Spain

Sergio García

Honda

6.256

18

40

South Africa
South Africa

Darryn Binder

KTM

17.642

19

27

Japan
Japan

Kaito Toba

KTM

28.324

20

73

Austria
Austria

Maximilian Kofler

KTM

28.406

21

50

Jason Dupasquier

KTM

28.640

22

89

Malaysia
Malaysia

Khairul Idham Pawi

Honda

28.844

23

9

Italy
Italy

Davide Pizzoli

KTM

29.026

24

70

Barry Baltus

KTM

33.352

25

53

Turkey
Turkey

Deniz Öncü

KTM

1 Lap

26

17

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

John McPhee

Honda

 

27

92

Japan
Japan

Yuki Kunii

Honda

 

28

12

Czech Republic
Czech Republic

Filip Salač

Honda

 

29

54

Italy
Italy

Riccardo Rossi

KTM

 

30

7

Italy
Italy

Dennis Foggia

Honda

 

31

99

Carlos Tatay

KTM

 

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