Austin Moto3: Fenati wins red-flagged race after Canet crash

Romano Fenati was victorious in a red-flagged Moto3 race at Austin, the Italian taking his first win since the series' 2016 visit to the Circuit of the Americas.

Austin Moto3: Fenati wins red-flagged race after Canet crash

The race was red-flagged after just two laps, with Fenati fighting with Aron Canet after the restart and eventually inheriting a safe lead following a crash from the Spaniard.

Canet, who took pole by a dominant 0.9 seconds in qualifying, led after both starts, but eventually ended up suffering a high-side crash at Turn 19 while battling Fenati for the lead.

Points leader Joan Mir kept up with Canet on the original start, but lost out after the red flag, which was caused by Kaito Toba crashing near the racing line and requiring assistance from the medics trackside.

The race was restarted as a 12-lap event, and it was Fenati who took second behind Canet before outmanoeuvring the Estrella Galicia Honda rider to take the lead at Turn 15.

Canet quickly fought back at the beginning of the following lap, the lead duo trading positions two more times and pulling away from the rest of the pack prior to Canet's crash.

The incident gave Fenati a safe lead that the Rivacold Honda rider stretched his advantage to over 4.5s until the finish.

Gresini duo Jorge Martin and Fabio di Giannantonio completed the podium behind Fenati, the Spaniard getting his best finish of the year after taking third in the first two races of the season.

Martin was under pressure from di Giannantonio until the finish, and was eventually only ahead by 0.02s at the line.

Last year's runner-up Enea Bastianini (Estrella Galicia), who failed to score in the first two races, finished fourth, as Nicolo Bulega (Sky Racing VR46) made it four Italian riders in the top five.

Juanfran Guevara (RBA) made a late move on John McPhee (British Talent Team) for sixth, as Mir, who held second for a handful of laps after Canet's crash was forced to settle for eighth.

The top 10 was completed by Philipp Oettl (Schedl GP) and Darryn Binder (Platinum Bay).

Race results:

Pos.#DriverBikeTime/Gap
1 5 italy Romano Fenati  Honda 27'15.841
2 88 spain Jorge Martin  Honda 4.504
3 21 italy Fabio Di Giannantonio  Honda 4.527
4 33 italy Enea Bastianini  Honda 4.673
5 8 italy Nicolo Bulega  KTM 4.968
6 58 spain Juan Francisco Guevara  KTM 5.618
7 17 united_kingdom John McPhee  Honda 5.687
8 36 spain Joan Mir  Honda 5.852
9 65 germany Philipp Ottl  KTM 6.594
10 40 south_africa Darryn Binder  KTM 12.709
11 19 spain Gabriel Rodrigo  KTM 13.240
12 16 italy Andrea Migno  KTM 13.285
13 95 france Jules Danilo  Honda 13.290
14 23 italy Niccolo Antonelli  KTM 13.412
15 11 belgium Livio Loi  Honda 13.491
16 42 spain  Marcos Ramirez  KTM 23.922
17 12 italy  Marco Bezzecchi  Mahindra 24.347
18 71 japan  Ayumu Sasaki  Honda 24.650
19 7 malaysia Adam Norrodin  Honda 24.795
20 14 italy  Tony Arbolino  Honda 25.166
21 75 spain Albert Arenas  Mahindra 26.811
22 6 spain Maria Herrera  KTM 27.431
23 84 czech_republic Jakub Kornfeil  Peugeot 37.960
24 41 thailand Nakarin Atiratphuvapat  Honda 41.408
25 96 italy  Manuel Pagliani  Mahindra 43.789
26 48 italy  Lorenzo dalla Porta  Mahindra 44.004
27 4 finland Patrik Pulkkinen  Peugeot 51.071
28 18   Gabriel Martinez-Abrego  KTM 51.438
Ret 24 japan Tatsuki Suzuki  Honda 3 laps
Ret  44 spain Aron Canet  Honda 9 laps
Ret  27 japan Kaito Toba  Honda 9 laps
NS  64 netherlands Bo Bendsneyder  KTM  
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Series Moto3
Event Austin
Location Circuit of the Americas
Drivers Romano Fenati
Teams Snipers Team
Author David Gruz