Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Miguel Oliveira took the win in Round 14 of the MotoGP Moto3 World Championship at the MotorLand Aragon in Spain in what was one of the closest, hard-fought and dramatic races of the year. Jorge Navarro was second and Romano Fenati, Sky Racing Team VR46 put his KTM in third place.
While Oliveira was at the front of the field for most of the 20-lap race, no less than 10 riders were all in contention and were within one second of each other going into the final lap. But it was the final run to the finish that was the most dramatic and the unluckiest for Oliveira’s teammate Brad Binder who took the lead in the final lap and was battling with Oliveira for the top spot. Enea Bastianini nudged his wheel in the final stretch and both riders crashed out. Another prominent crash victim in the last seconds was points leader Danny Kent who high-sided in the last corner and finished in the gravel.
The race was all about tactics and slipstream advantage and Oliveira is known to ride not only fast but also clever. This once again paid off for the Portuguese rider in Aragon.
Miguel Oliveira: “It was a very crazy race but also a lot of fun. I enjoyed it a lot. This weekend was good for us. We had already finished in the top three in all the practice sessions and today I was able to do the job in the race. It was also very important for the championship to get these 25 points.” Speaking about the coming fly away races, Oliveira commented: “The target for Motegi (Japan) will not be much different to what happened today. I hope to be competitive. We hope to get a good setting for the bike and to enjoy three weekends of racing. We’ll see how it goes.”
Philipp Oettl of Germany (KTM) also rode a very strong race to finish fifth. Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Karel Hanika was involved in a spectacular crash at Turn 2 in the final stages of the race.
Oliveira’s third win of the season consolidates his third position in the points behind Kent and Bastianini. He is 20 points behind Bastianini with four races, and 100 points still in hand. Romano Fenati is in fourth place just four points behind Oliveira.
Riders next compete in the GP of Japan at Motegi on October 11. The tour then goes to Phillip Island, Australia on October 18 and Sepang, Malaysia on October 25. The season concludes at Valencia on November 8.
MotoGP of Aragón – MotorLand Aragón Circuit – Round 14
10. Andrea Migno (ITA), KTM, 40:10.227
13. Jakub Kornfeil (CZE), KTM, 40:11.192
20. Gabriel Rodrigo (ARG), KTM, 40:25.523
27. Ana Carrasco (ESP), KTM, 40:42.508
Moto3 Standings after Round 14
7, B. Binder, 110
10. Viñales, 82
14. Oettl, 57
16. Kornfeil, 49
17. Hanika, 33
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