Misano Moto3: Fenati wins crash-filled wet race by 28s

Romano Fenati scorched to his second Moto3 victory of the season on home turf at Misano by a crushing margin of 28 seconds, as a wet track led to more than half the field crashing out.

Misano Moto3: Fenati wins crash-filled wet race by 28s

Snipers rider Fenati grabbed the lead off poleman Jorge Martin on the third lap, and it soon became apparent the Italian was in a class of his own in the tricky conditions.

By the end of lap five, Fenati was already two seconds clear of Martin, who was left to debate second place with runaway points leader Joan Mir as the leader continued to surge clear.

On lap six, Martin ran wide, losing second to Mir, only for the Leopard rider to suffer a major moment himself at the end of the lap and sacrifice the place.

Three laps later however, Martin crashed out - leaving Fenati with a huge 13s advantage over Mir in second place.

The gulf between the leading duo continued to grow in the latter stages, as Fenati routinely lapped more than a second a lap faster than the opposition.

By lap 16, the gap was out to 20 seconds, with Fenati finally taking the chequered flag after 23 laps a full 28.594s up on Mir.

After Martin's demise, third place was fought between the Spaniard's Gresini teammate Fabio di Giannantonio and Mir's closest challenger in the points, Aron Canet.

An entertaining dice was finally settled in favour of di Giannantonio, however, when Estrella Galicia rider Canet crashed with two laps to go.

That promoted Phillip Oettl (Schedl GP) to fourth, ahead of Sky VR46 man Niccolo Bulega in fifth.

Bo Bendsneyder (Ajo KTM) was the best of those riders to crash but continue, passing Jakub Kornfeil - also recovering from an early fall - to grab sixth on the final lap.

Albert Arenas (Mahindra) claimed a career-best Moto3 result in eighth, followed by Andrea Migno (Sky VR46) and Darryn Binder's stand-in at Platinum Bay KTM, Jaume Masia.

Enea Bastianini (Estrella Galicia), who had the pole position taken away from him for slow riding in qualifying, crashed twice on his way to 14th place, with only 15 riders making it to the flag out of 31 starters.

Niccolo Antonelli (Ajo KTM), John McPhee (British Talent Team) and RBA pair Gabriel Rodrigo and Juanfran Guevara were among the other notable names to crash out.

Two riders didn't even make it as far as the starting grid, with both Livio Loi (Leopard) and Maria Herrera (AGR) suffering collarbone injuries with crashes in qualifying and Sunday warm-up respectively.

Race results:

Pos.#RiderBikeTime/Gap
1 5 italy Romano Fenati  Honda 46'24.290
2 36 spain Joan Mir  Honda 28.594
3 21 italy Fabio Di Giannantonio  Honda 39.035
4 65 germany Philipp Ottl  KTM 55.591
5 8 italy Nicolo Bulega  KTM 1'02.433
6 64 netherlands Bo Bendsneyder  KTM 1'09.312
7 84 czech_republic Jakub Kornfeil  Peugeot 1'09.984
8 75 spain Albert Arenas  Mahindra 1'13.420
9 16 italy Andrea Migno  KTM 1'22.747
10 15 spain Jaume Masia  KTM 1'32.446
11 96 italy Manuel Pagliani  Mahindra 1'39.088
12 42 spain Marcos Ramírez  KTM 1'39.925
13 57 italy  Alex Fabri  Mahindra 1 lap
14 33 italy Enea Bastianini  Honda 1 lap
15 48 italy Lorenzo Dalla Porta  Mahindra 1 lap
NC 4 finland Patrik Pulkkinen  Peugeot 1 lap
Ret  44 spain Aron Canet  Honda 3 laps
Ret  51 italy  Kevin Zannoni  KTM 4 laps
Ret  27 japan Kaito Toba  Honda 5 laps
Ret  23 italy Niccolo Antonelli  KTM 6 laps
Ret  14 italy Tony Arbolino  Honda 8 laps
Ret  71 japan Ayumu Sasaki  Honda 10 laps
Ret  12 italy Marco Bezzecchi  Mahindra 10 laps
Ret  88 spain Jorge Martin  Honda 14 laps
Ret  58 spain Juan Francisco Guevara  KTM 15 laps
Ret  17 united_kingdom John McPhee  Honda 16 laps
Ret  95 france Jules Danilo  Honda 16 laps
Ret  7 malaysia Adam Norrodin  Honda 18 laps
Ret  24 japan Tatsuki Suzuki  Honda 20 laps
Ret  41 thailand Nakarin Atiratphuvapat  Honda 20 laps
Ret  19 spain Gabriel Rodrigo  KTM 21 laps
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