Arenas steals win from Masia in chaotic race

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The 23-lap Moto3 encounter at the Red Bull Ring was complete chaos, with the lead changing hands almost every lap.

Aspar rider Arenas grabbed the holeshot off the line ahead of poleman Raul Fernandez on the Ajo KTM and Petronas Sprinta’s John McPhee.

McPhee moved into the lead at Turn 4 on the opening lap, though would lose the spot a few laps later to Tech3 rookie Deniz Oncu.

McPhee would drop to 13th in the early stages as the battle raged, but would recover to get back into the victory battle by the final tour.

Oncu traded the lead with Darryn Binder – who came from 22nd on the grid – on laps seven and eight, before Arenas muscled his way back to the head of the pack on the 11th tour.

Sky VR46’s Celestino Vietti, Masia, Areans, Oncu and his Tech3 team-mate Ayumu Sasaki took turns leading in the closing stages – though the latter was hit with a long lap penalty for exceeding track limits just as he moved to the front on lap 20.

Masia re-assumed control at the front as the field headed onto lap 21, and would stay there onto the final tour.

A carve up between a handful of riders behind at Turn 3 gave him a slight margin on the run through the rest of the lap, but Arenas closed right in through the third sector on the Leopard rider.

Arenas launched his Aspar KTM up the inside of Masia at the penultimate turn and was successful, with the Spaniard defending his line through the last corner to score his third win of the season.

Masia held onto second on the run to the chequered flag for his first rostrum appearance since Malaysia last year, while Ai Ogura cross the line third.

However, the Honda Team Asia rider exceeded track limits at the last corner and was hit with a one-place penalty, as was fourth-placed Binder.

This promoted Vietti to third, but he too was hit with a one-place drop, which moved McPhee – who survived late contact with Vietti on last lap – up from sixth to third.

Ogura ended up fourth after penalties had been applied, with Binder, Vietti, Snipers Honda’s Tony Arbolino, Oncu, Fernandez and SIC58’s Tatsuki Suzuki completed the top 10.

Sasaki recovered to 14th after serving his long lap penalty having dropped well outside the points.

Arenas now leads the standings by 28 points, with McPhee’s lucky podium limiting the damage to his title hopes.

Moto3 Austria results – 23 laps

PosRiderTeamBikeGap
1Albert ArenasValresa Aspar Team Moto3KTM37m25.323s
2Jaume MasiaLeopard RacingHonda0.049s
3John McPheePetronas Sprinta RacingHonda0.447s
4Ai OguraHonda Team AsiaHonda0.121s
5Celestino ViettiSKY Racing Team VR46KTM0.292s
6Darryn BinderCIP – Green PowerKTM0.275s
7Tony ArbolinoRivacold Snipers TeamHonda0.487s
8Deniz OncuRed Bull KTM Tech 3KTM1.083s
9Raul FernandezRed Bull KTM AjoKTM1.136s
10Tatsuki SuzukiSIC58 Squadra CorseHonda1.177s
11Gabriel RodrigoKommerling Gresini Moto3Honda2.221s
12Andrea MignoSKY Racing Team VR46KTM1.924s
13Ayumu SasakiRed Bull KTM Tech 3KTM2.596s
14Jeremy AlcobaKommerling Gresini Moto3Honda2.228s
15Stefano NepaValresa Aspar Team Moto3KTM2.609s
16Sergio GarciaEstrella Galicia 0,0Honda2.866s
17Romano FenatiSterilgarda Max Racing TeamHusqvarna2.920s
18Riccardo RossiBOE Skull Rider Facile EnergyKTM3.486s
19Niccolo AntonelliSIC58 Squadra CorseHonda4.276s
20Kaito TobaRed Bull KTM AjoKTM4.309s
21Dennis FoggiaLeopard RacingHonda5.776s
22Carlos TatayReale Avintia Moto3KTM8.485s
23Alonso LopezSterilgarda Max Racing TeamHusqvarna10.963s
24Ryusei YamanakaEstrella Galicia 0,0Honda23.563s
25Maximilian KoflerCIP – Green PowerKTM23.814s
26Yuki KuniiHonda Team AsiaHonda23.970s
27Davide PizzoliBOE Skull Rider Facile EnergyKTM23.929s
28Jason DupasquierCarXpert PruestelGPKTM24.064s
Filip SalacRivacold Snipers TeamHondaRetirement
Barry BaltusCarXpert PruestelGPKTMRetirement
Khairul Idham PawiPetronas Sprinta RacingHondaNot started

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