Joan Mir got his 9th win of the season in Phillip Island, thus securing the Moto3 World Championship. Livio Loi finished 2nd, making it a Leopard Racing double, while poleman Jorge Martin completed the podium.
The RBA Racing riders had a great start and took control of the race from Martin after Turn 1, with Gabriel Rodrigo ahead of Juanfran Guevara. Championship rivals Joan Mir and Romano Fenati were close to each other, in 4th and 5th, respectively.
The leading group consisted of more than 10 riders and the leader position was successively swapped between some of them. Every single one of Rodrigo, Guevara, Martin, Mir, Fenati, DiGiannantonio, Ramirez and Loi was in charge of the race at some point.
As the laps were passing, the first incidents occured in the leading group. After dropping to the outside of the top 5, Fabio DiGiannantonio highsided out of the race in Turn 2. Jules Danilo and Juanfran Guevara joined the list, a list later completed by Marcos Ramirez, who lost the front after a contact with Jorge Martin.
The White flag with the red diagonals was brought out by the marshalls, announcing the start of the rain, and it brought with it an exceptional Joan Mir. The championship leader came from the outside of the top 5 and quickly took the lead. Having started from 21st, Livio Loi went up in 2nd and tried to getaway with his teammate.
The Leopard Racing duo was swallowed by some riders which took advantage of the slipstream on the straight, but, as soon as the pack crossed the line and entered the 17th lap, the red flag was waved as the conditions worsened. As more than 2/3 of the race was completed, the race was not restarted and the final results were given by the standings at the end of lap 15.
That meant that Joan Mir and Livio Loi scored a superb double for Leopard Racing, with the Spaniard also securing the World Champonship. Jorge Martin finished 3rd, for the sixth time this season, with Gabriel Rodrigo narrowly missing out on the podium in P4. Enea Bastianini completed the top 5.
Romano Fenati was capable of fighting for the lead throughout the race, but the red flag ended his chances, as he was outside of the podium at the moment of the occurance of the red flag. He was only 6th at the end of Lap 15, and, this result, corroborated with the victory of Joan Mir, brings an end to his title challenge. Ayumu Sasaki scored a career best with P7, with teammate Adam Norrodin in P8. Tatsuki Suzuki and Lorenzo Dalla Porta completed the top 10.
Apart from the crashers already mentioned, other riders to crash out of the Australian GP were John McPhee, Niccolo Antonelli and Aron Canet.
In the championship standings, Joan Mir now has a 70 point advantage over Romano Fenati, with only 50 up for grabs (296-216), so we have ourselves a new World Champion. Aron Canet remains 3rd with 184 points, while Jorge Martin recovers 4th from his teammate; now 5 points ahead of DiGiannantonio (151-146).
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