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.
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.
|3||21||Fabio Di Giannantonio||Honda||39.035|
|13||57||Alex Fabri||Mahindra||1 lap|
|14||33||Enea Bastianini||Honda||1 lap|
|15||48||Lorenzo Dalla Porta||Mahindra||1 lap|
|NC||4||Patrik Pulkkinen||Peugeot||1 lap|
|Ret||44||Aron Canet||Honda||3 laps|
|Ret||51||Kevin Zannoni||KTM||4 laps|
|Ret||27||Kaito Toba||Honda||5 laps|
|Ret||23||Niccolo Antonelli||KTM||6 laps|
|Ret||14||Tony Arbolino||Honda||8 laps|
|Ret||71||Ayumu Sasaki||Honda||10 laps|
|Ret||12||Marco Bezzecchi||Mahindra||10 laps|
|Ret||88||Jorge Martin||Honda||14 laps|
|Ret||58||Juan Francisco Guevara||KTM||15 laps|
|Ret||17||John McPhee||Honda||16 laps|
|Ret||95||Jules Danilo||Honda||16 laps|
|Ret||7||Adam Norrodin||Honda||18 laps|
|Ret||24||Tatsuki Suzuki||Honda||20 laps|
|Ret||41||Nakarin Atiratphuvapat||Honda||20 laps|
|Ret||19||Gabriel Rodrigo||KTM||21 laps|
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