Joan Mir won the Aragon GP in the Moto3 class after an amazing battle with Fabio DiGiannantonio and Enea Bastianini.
It was a lovely morning in Alcaniz, but the Motorland was covered in fog. The WUPs sessions were delayed and that also caused a delay of the Moto3 race. The lightweight class began 40 minutes later than initially scheduled and it was shortened to only 13 laps.
Poleman Jorge Martin had a great start and kept his lead after Turn 1, but was then overtook by Enea Bastianini.
The duo tried to pull a gap between themselves and the rest of the pack, but Aron Canet made sure that this would not happen.
The leading group consisted of more than 10 riders, with Jorge Martin, Bastianini, Canet, Mir, wildcard Denis Foggia, Oettl, Rodrigo, DiGiannantonio, Bulega, Tatsuki Suzuki, Romano Fenati and John McPhee among them.
However, only 4 of these riders (Martin, Bastianini, Canet and Mir) swapped P1 between them throughout the race, until Fabio DiGiannantonio overtook them all with 3 laps to go. The Italian tried to getaway, but he failed.
Mir took the lead going into the last lap, with Bastianini and Diggia closely following. Canet and Martin lost important time battling for 4th and could not remount the difference in order to engage again in the podium fight.
A very determined DiGiannantonio went easily past Bastianini and tried to pass Mir on the long straight ahead of the last corner. The championship leader defended perfectly with some S moves (which where eventually contested by both Italians) and remained in P1.
None of the Italians were able to take advantage of the slipstream on the last straight and Joan Mir took the win. DiGiannantonio came in P2, securing his 2nd straight podium finish, while Bastianini finished 3rd for the second time in a row here in Aragon.
Martin defeated Canet for 4th, while John McPhee made his way up to 6th place after staying outside of the top 10 for a big part of the race. Marcos Ramirez was 7th, just ahead of impressive wildcard Denis Foggia.
Phillip Oettl crossed the line in 9th, with title challenger Romano Fenati completing the top 10 after one of his most difficult weekends of the season.
This win is one for the history books. Joan Mir got his 8th win of the season, breaking the record for the most wins in a Moto3 season, which was previously shared by Luis Salom and Brad Binder, both with seven wins.
In the championship standings, Mir now has 271 points, 80 more than Romano Fenati and 98 more than Aron Canet, with only 100 up for the grabs. Fabio DiGiannantonio goes up in 4th, with 137 points, 3 more than teammate Jorge Martin.
If Joan Mir finishes first or second in the next race in Motegi, he will officially be crowned the 2017 Moto3 World Champion, no matter what Fenati s or Canet s results will be.
photo credit – Leopard Natural