Fenati takes victory with last-lap pass

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Fenati was banned from grand prix racing and lost his Snipers Moto2 rider and MV Agusta ride for 2019 in Moto3 when he grabbed Stefano Manzi’s brake lever at Misano two years ago.

Thrown a lifeline by Snipers to return to Moto3 last year, Fenati joined Max Biaggi’s squad for this season – though has largely struggled for form on the Husqvarna-badged KTM.

Tony Arbolino grabbed the holeshot from second the grid on his Snipers Honda, before poleman Raul Fernandez demoted him through Turn 5.

Albert Arenas carved around the outside of Arbolino at the fast Curvone right-hander for second, before grabbing the lead from Ajo KTM’s Fernandez at the same corner three tours later.

The Aspar rider’s stint in the lead would last until lap seven, when Celestino Vietti muscled his VR46 KTM ahead at Curvone.

Vietti defended his lead through to lap 17, when Jaume Masia on the Leopard Honda came through at the Quercia left-hander at Turn 8 – with the VR46 rider lucky to stay mounted when Gresini’s Gabriel Rodrigo clattered into the rear of his KTM.

He quickly regrouped from this, however, with both Vietti and Arena scything past Masia at Curvone.

Masia moved back into the lead at Turn 2 on the penultimate lap, but a dive from Arenas into Turn 4 broke up the leading pack and allowed Vietti to sneak back through into first.

Arenas made a move for the lead stick at the Tramonto right-hander at Turn 10, but was carved up through Curvone as Masia launched a daring raid to jump from third to first – with Fenati seizing the opportunity to jump into third.

Vietti immediately tried to retaliate at the Carro hairpin at Turn 14, but got crossed up on the way in and forced Masia wide, with Fenati grabbing the lead as a result.

Fenati kept it clean through the final corner to fend off Vietti by 0.036 seconds to score his first win since last year’s Austrian round and the 12th victory of his career, making him the most successful Moto3 rider in terms of victories.

Vietti held second from Honda Team Asia’s Ai Ogura, who came from 12th on the grid, with Arena shoved back to fourth amid the chaos of the final lap – his championship lead cut to just two over the Japanese rider.

Masia completed the top five ahead of Fernandez and Tech3’s Deniz Oncu, with VR46’s Andrea Migno, the sister Honda Team Asia bike of Kaito Toba and Petronas Sprinta’s John McPhee rounding out the top 10.

McPhee was involved in the podium battle having started 20th, but was punted wide by Gresini’s Jeremy Alcoba at Turn 4 on the penultimate lap and lost touch.

He holds third in the standings, but is now 21 points behind Arenas.

Darryn Binder once again crashed out of the podium battle, when he was flicked from his CIP machine at the first corner on lap 19.

Moto3 Emilia Romagna results – 23 laps

PosRiderTeamGap
1Romano FenatiSterilgarda Max Racing Team39m30.124s
2Celestino ViettiSKY Racing Team VR460.036s
3Ai OguraHonda Team Asia0.121s
4Albert ArenasGaviota Aspar Team Moto30.199s
5Jaume MasiaLeopard Racing0.280s
6Raul FernandezRed Bull KTM Ajo0.439s
7Deniz OncuRed Bull KTM Tech 30.678s
8Andrea MignoSKY Racing Team VR460.791s
9Kaito TobaRed Bull KTM Ajo0.939s
10John McPheePetronas Sprinta Racing1.125s
11Tony ArbolinoRivacold Snipers Team1.452s
12Gabriel RodrigoKommerling Gresini Moto31.687s
13Jeremy AlcobaKommerling Gresini Moto34.331s
14Ayumu SasakiRed Bull KTM Tech 35.925s
15Stefano NepaGaviota Aspar Team Moto36.165s
16Filip SalacRivacold Snipers Team6.249s
17Sergio GarciaEstrella Galicia 0,07.167s
18Niccolo AntonelliSIC58 Squadra Corse12.714s
19Carlos TatayReale Avintia Moto318.045s
20Ryusei YamanakaEstrella Galicia 0,020.184s
21Riccardo RossiBOE Skull Rider Facile Energy20.498s
22Barry BaltusCarXpert PruestelGP20.291s
23Jason DupasquierCarXpert PruestelGP20.555s
24Khairul Idham PawiPetronas Sprinta Racing24.967s
25Yuki KuniiHonda Team Asia25.264s
26Davide PizzoliBOE Skull Rider Facile Energy27.159s
27Maximilian KoflerCIP – Green Power27.848s
Darryn BinderCIP – Green PowerRetirement
Dennis FoggiaLeopard RacingRetirement
Alonso LopezSterilgarda Max Racing TeamRetirement
Tatsuki SuzukiSIC58 Squadra CorseWithdrawn

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