moto3 / Extraordinary comeback podium for Mir
The Palma de Mallorca rookie seized the day, and third place, an excellent sixth place for a tough Locatelli, while Quartararo ends out of the points.
At 11:00 o’clock the lights of the Misano World Circuit went off and the protagonists of the Moto3 class began to the immediately cheers of the crowd. A beautiful launch for Joan Mir, who started from 15th on the grid. Meanwhile Andrea Locatelli also started well and was in the Top Ten on the first lap.
Fabio Quartararo came 18th, but the Frenchman cut a chicane and was forced by Race Direction to yield as many as 6 positions. Driven by the enthusiasm of his home Grand Prix, Andrea Locatelli started to push hard and instantly jumped to sixth position in the leading group. Nearby Mir got rid of Di Giannantonio and put former Junior World Championship rival Canet in his sights. At the same time Navarro fell while Mir passed Ono: the Leopard team was sat in 4th and 5th place!
The Palma de Mallorca rookie broke loose and began studying Bulega, takin in all the data he could as he looked for third position, the two rookies behind the two escapees Binder-Bastianini, who had a two second advantage. With nine laps to go Mir launched his final attack on his former rival in the CEV, recovering over half a second, the podium now within his grasp. Locatelli did not yield either, working hard to defend his seventh place.
The last laps were thrilling: Bulega attacked but Mir responded immediately to his opponent of Sky Racing VR46 team. At the front Binder consolidated his points lead, but the talent of Palma de Mallorca impressed the most, taking his second career podium, rising to sixth place in the standings with 106 points.
Andrea Locatelli fought hard until the finish line, defending his sixth place in the race and taking home an important result. The young Italian also managed to set the fastest lap of the race, a new circuit record. Further back Fabio Quartararo concludes the Grand Prix in 18th, therefore out of the points. The World Championship will be back on track in two weeks for the Grand Prix of Aragon, expected in 23 to 25 September.
#36 Joan MIR – 3rd
“An incredible race after a difficult Qualifying. But today my team gave me a great bike, it was really perfect. It was one of my best races, different from that in Austria. Start from the back and start to overtake on a very narrow track like this is amazing. Gradually I was able to catch the leading group and no one then managed to overtake me. It is a podium that tastes of victory!”
#55 Andrea Locatelli – 6th
“It was a perfect weekend! We struggled a bit in the second half of the race. I went a bit wide and I lost two positions, dropping off the group that was fighting for third. But the pace was good and I also set the track record: I’m really happy ,all this in front of my home fans! Even if next year I go to Moto2, I want to thank the team for their support and to the end of the season we will strive to achieve more significant results.”
#20 Fabio Quartararo – 18th
“It was a complicated race because I have not felt comfortable with the bike as if it were a different bike at the beginning, middle and end of the race. We must stay focused and look ahead to the next race at Aragon.”
Moto3™ race – Gran Premio di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini 2016
1 – Brad Binder / RSA / Red Bull KTM Ajo / KTM / 23 laps
2 – Enea Bastianini / ITA / Gresini Racing / Honda / +0.262
3 – Joan Mir / SPA / Leopard Racing / KTM / +1.416
6 – Andrea Locatelli / ITA/ Leopard Racing / KTM / +4.387
18 – Fabio Quartararo / FRA / Leopard Racing / KTM / +23.523
Moto3™ World Standing 2016:
1 – Brad Binder 229
2 – Enea Bastianini 123
3 – Jorge Navarro 118
6 – Joan MIR 106
11 – Andrea LOCATELLI 65
15 – Fabio QUARTARARO 52
Photo credit: Leopard Racing