moto3 / Mir climbs the Jerez podium and maintains Moto3 Championship lead
The Mallorcan talent claimed third after a dramatic Gran Premio de España, 23 breath-taking laps decided in the final corner. Livio Loi remained trapped behind, chasing points.
At 11 o’clock, the lights at Jerez de la Frontera went out, starting at the fourth race of the 2017 season. Joan Mir immediately gained two positions while Loi was held back by traffic. Immediately in the first meters of the first lap, the championship leader made a big break through three opponents at Turn 6, while behind him there was contact between Suzuki and Antonelli.
Followed by KTM teammates Ramirez and Binder, and Mir was looking safe in fourth place. The fight was tight: there were just 12 riders within 1.7 seconds. Livio Loi occupied 20th position behind Kornfeil.
There were four in command of the show but on the 10th lap Binder slipped at the last bend, reappearing in 23rd position. In the middle of the race, three Spanish riders alternated leading their home GP. Joan Mir was second with his fellows Ramirez and Canet close, as Fenati was lurking. Meanwhile Loi also leaps to Toba and walks in the 16th place, one step from the points area.
Three laps from the end, Fenati returned to the front and tried to break away. Mir followed him and tried to break away from the likes of Canet and Ramirez: these four riders were the undisputed protagonists of this thrilling Grand Prix. The last lap was a spectacular one: this came after a big moment, Mir using all of his skill to remain on his Honda. Mir crossed the line in third place behind Canet and Fenati, maintaining his leadership of the Moto3 by 9 points over the Italian.
#36 Joan MIR – 3rd:
“I’m satisfied, but not entirely happy. We kept a good strategy for the race, focused at all times. I knew I could handle it better. In the last lap I wanted to open a small gap in T3 and T4, but I almost fell down and Romano [Fenati] passed me. In the last curve I braked hard to pass him but I did not notice Canet inside: I did not have a rear view mirror to know to close the door! [Laughs]. The third position is still a positive result and brings valuable points to us.”
#11 Livio LOI – 16th:
“It was a very difficult race, perhaps the hardest race in my career. Even today in the race I suffered some of the previous problems that had come back in the past few days. I was almost falling in every corner, the race seemed to never end. We will now look at Le Mans’ data: we must look ahead.”
Moto3™ Race – Gran Premio de España 2017:
1 – Aron Caner / SPA / Estrella Galicia 0,0 / Honda / 23 laps
2 – Romano Fenati / ITA / Marinelli Rivacold / Honda / +0.031
3 – Joan Mir / SPA / Leopard Racing / Honda / +0.155
16 – Livio Loi / BEL / Leopard Racing / Honda / +20.151
Moto3™ World Standing 2017:
1 – Joan MIR 74
2 – Romano Fenati 65
3 – Jorge Martin 59
13 – Livio LOI 15
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