moto3 / Amazing Top 5 for Mir in his home race
Still feverish, the rookie of Palma de Mallorca was author to another great comeback from 24th to fifth. His teammates Quartararo and Locatelli ended in 12th and 17th positions respectively.
At 11 o’clock the lights of the Grand Prix Movistar de Aragon went out, for the fourteenth round of the 2016 World Championship. After gaining two positions (24th) on the grid due to the penalties imposed on other riders, Joan Mir shot off and was already 10th on the first lap in front of his team-mates Fabio Quartararo and Andrea Locatelli.
The Palma de Mallorca talent stood in the middle of the brawl in the second group, while Quartararo (12th) had to deal with Guevara and Ono. Locatelli (17th) remained entangled in traffic, locked together with the Ongetta Rivacold duo, Antonelli and Danilo. Bulega was forced to retire on the first lap, giving Mir a solid advantage in their Rookie-Of-The-Year competition.
Before long Mir was in eighth and right with the top ten, putting Migno in its sights. In just two laps he had the Italian’s measure and was soon leading the chasing group., all enclosed within a second. Halfway through the race, Locatelli lost two positions (19th) while Quartararo leads the group of pursuers. Mir slipped up the inside of his compatriots Martin and Navarro, winning the 5th place overall.
The last four laps were a succession of emotions, with the leading riders fighting for the victory.The first four broke away and Mir found himself having to defend his position from the attack of Oettl. But the rookie gritted his teeth and crossed the finish line in 5th place overall after another extraordinary comeback.
Quartararo administered an advantage over his pursuers and took home another 4 championship points that move his personal standing up. Locatelli was not so fortunate, despite recoveries two positions in the last two laps. According to the finish behind the winner Navarro, Brad Binder claimed the 2016 World Championship with four races to spare, but with 117 points, Joan Mir is now fourth overall.
#36 Joan MIR – 5th:
“It was a fun race, starting from behind and fighting to the end I really enjoyed it. I managed to do lots of overtaking and I wanted to go get the first four riders, but in my group there was a great battle which slowed me down towards the end. A shame because I think I had the pace to stay with them. If I think about how we started the weekend here at Aragon, I can be more than satisfied.”
#20 Fabio QUARTARARO – 12th:
“It was a very difficult race for me; my expectations were very high, starting from the second row. In the first three laps I felt the grip problems; then the situation has improved, but the front runners were already away and I had no chance to attach a trail.”
#55 Andrea LOCATELLI – 17th:
“A race to forget! I honestly thought I could catch up, but I soon realized that passed me on the straight so many times. I tried to bite the bullet, hoping to at least get into the points. Unfortunately there was nothing to do, now we will think about the next race.”
Moto3™ Race – Gran Premio Movistar de Aragon 2016:
1 – Jorge Navarro / SPA / Estrella Galicia 0,0 / Honda / 20 laps
2 – Brad Binder / RSA / Red Bull KTM Ajo / KTM / +0.030
3 – Enea Bastianini / ITA / Gresini Racing / Honda / +0.107
5 – Joan MIR / SPA / Leopard Racing / KTM / +1.724
12 – Fabio QUARTARARO / FRA / Leopard Racing / KTM / +6.883
17 – Andrea LOCATELLI / ITA/ Leopard Racing / KTM / +13.358
Moto3™ World Standing 2016:
1 – Brad Binder 249
2 – Jorge Navarro 143
3 – Enea Bastianini 139
4 – Joan MIR 117
11 – Andrea Locatelli 65
15 – Fabio Quartararo 56
Photo credit: Leopard Racing