Qatar Moto3: Arenas takes KTM's 100th win by 0.053s

Lewis Duncan
motorsport.com

Arenas spent several stints at the head of the field, and made a break with McPhee in tow on the final lap, repelling the Petronas Sprinta rider’s advances to secure his fourth grand prix victory.

Poleman Tatsuki Suzuki led off the line on the SIC58 Squadra Corse machine, though would lose out to Ajo KTM’s Raul Fernandez on the drag along the 1km main straight into Turn 1 on the second tour.

After Tony Arbolino got the Snipers Honda into the lead at Turn 6 on lap two, Arenas capitalized on a mistake for the Italian to put the Aspar Team KTM at the head of the pack at the end of the third tour. 

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Arenas was able to get his bike out of the last corner better than the rest and hold the lead despite the pack swarming behind him in the slipstream for a handful of laps.

As the lead group grew to 19 by lap nine, Fernandez finally deposed Arenas, before Leopard’s Jaume Masia used the power of his Honda to blast past into Turn 1 on the following circulation. 

Arenas worked his way back into the lead when he scythed through on Darryn Binder (CIP KTM) at Turn 2, and remained in first place for three laps.

Arbolino, Suzuki and McPhee then all took turns at the head of the pack as the laps counted down, before Gabriel Rodrigo moved his Gresini Honda to the front at the start of the penultimate tour.

As the last lap started, Arbolino made slight contact with Binder as he drifted over to the outside of the track under braking for Turn 1 and sent the CIP rider down in a frightening accident.

Through the chaos, Arenas found himself back in the lead having been forced wide at Turn 1 and down a handful of spots a few laps previous.

McPhee went with him as Arenas tried to break away on the last lap, but could do nothing on the run to the chequered flag to deny the Aspar rider.

Masia did cross the line in third on his debut ride for Leopard, but was hit with a post-race penalty for exceeding track limits and was demoted to fourth.

This promoted an initially dejected Ai Ogura on the Honda Team Asia bike to the final podium place, with Suzuki completing the top five behind Masia. 

Rodrigo was also hit with a one-place drop and was sixth in the end, with Gresini teammate Jeremy Alcoba seventh and lucky to avoid a penalty after taking Sky VR46’s Celestino Vietti out at Turn 6 late on.

Filip Salac (Snipers Team) recovered from 20th on the grid to finish eighth, with Dennis Foggia (Leopard) coming from 19th to finish ninth and Fernandez rounding out the top 10.

Race results

1

75

Spain
Spain

Albert Arenas

KTM

18

38'08.941

 

2

17

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

John McPhee

Honda

18

38'08.994

0.053

3

79

Japan
Japan

Ai Ogura

Honda

18

38'09.285

0.344

4

5

Spain
Spain

Jaume Masia

Honda

18

38'09.188

0.247

5

24

Japan
Japan

Tatsuki Suzuki

Honda

18

38'09.730

0.789

6

2

Argentina
Argentina

Gabriel Rodrigo

Honda

18

38'09.367

0.426

7

52

Spain
Spain

Jeremy Alcoba

Honda

18

38'09.500

0.559

8

12

Czech Republic
Czech Republic

Filip Salač

Honda

18

38'09.764

0.823

9

7

Italy
Italy

Dennis Foggia

Honda

18

38'09.905

0.964

10

25

Spain
Spain

Raúl Fernández

KTM

18

38'09.775

0.834

11

11

Spain
Spain

Sergio García

Honda

18

38'10.202

1.261

12

53

Turkey
Turkey

Deniz Öncü

KTM

18

38'10.426

1.485

13

21

Spain
Spain

Alonso López

Husqvarna

18

38'10.543

1.602

14

27

Japan
Japan

Kaito Toba

KTM

18

38'11.731

2.790

15

14

Italy
Italy

Tony Arbolino

Honda

18

38'11.516

2.575

16

16

Italy
Italy

Andrea Migno

KTM

18

38'12.121

3.180

17

55

Italy
Italy

Romano Fenati

Husqvarna

18

38'14.743

5.802

18

92

Japan
Japan

Yuki Kunii

Honda

18

38'14.770

5.829

19

71

Japan
Japan

Ayumu Sasaki

KTM

18

38'15.050

6.109

20

6

Japan
Japan

Ryusei Yamanaka

Honda

18

38'17.398

8.457

21

99

Carlos Tatay

KTM

18

38'17.421

8.480

22

82

Italy
Italy

Stefano Nepa

KTM

18

38'25.181

16.240

23

9

Italy
Italy

Davide Pizzoli

KTM

18

38'30.391

21.450

24

54

Italy
Italy

Riccardo Rossi

KTM

18

38'35.150

26.209

25

50

Jason Dupasquier

KTM

18

38'35.353

26.412

26

89

Malaysia
Malaysia

Khairul Idham Pawi

Honda

18

38'37.130

28.189

27

73

Austria
Austria

Maximilian Kofler

KTM

18

38'37.458

28.517

28

13

Italy
Italy

Celestino Vietti Ramus

KTM

18

38'41.047

32.106

29

60

Dirk Geiger

KTM

18

38'50.872

41.931

 

40

South Africa
South Africa

Darryn Binder

KTM

17

36'02.360

1 Lap

 

20

Spain
Spain

Jose Garcia

Honda

13

27'55.707

5 Laps

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