The podium finishers: Aron Canet (M), Enea Bastiannini (L), Jorge Martin (R)

Spanish rider Aron Canet won a dramatic Moto3 race at the British Grand Prix in Silverstone. Canet and teammate Enea Bastiannini completed a 1-2 for the Estrella Galicia 0,0 Moto3 team, while Delconca Gresini Moto3 rider Jorge Martin overcame a long-standing injury to record a podium.

Aron Canet

Two of the championship contenders, Romano Fenati and Joan Mir started on pole and 2nd respectively with the front row completed by Gabriel Rodrigo. Martin was starting 8th while Canet started 16th. The Mahindra duo of Albert Arenas and Lorenzo Dalla Porta, continued to struggle as they only qualified 27th and 21st respectively. As the lights went out, pole man Fenati and Rodrigo got good starts and Rodrigo’s teammate Juanfran Guevara slotted into 3rd. As was commonly seen in Moto3 races, there was a large group of riders scrapping it out in the lead group. Race Direction showed no mercy as they enforced strict track limits, as a result Maria Herrera, the only female rider on the grid, received a 3 second time penalty.

As riders bumped and barged their way, it was no holds barred action all over, with riders even going 5 abreast on the straights. Spanish rider Marcos Ramirez, who had been very impressive during the course of the season, lost the front end of his bike and it was race over for him. Then, Dutch rider Bo Bendesneyder and Juanfran Guevara crashed out with a couple of laps to go. As a result of that, the race was red flagged because it seemed as if Guevara was injured. Later the team confirmed that the Spaniard escaped injury and only had a mild concussion.

So Canet was declared the winner and Bastiannini returned to the podium after 14 races. Jorge Martin also rode through painkillers and pure adrenaline to finish 3rd. Rodrigo was 4th, championship leader Joan Mir was 5th, Belgian rider Livio Loi was 6th. Pole man Fenati ended the race in 7th, ahead of Andrea Migno, Philipp Oettl and Fabio DiGiannantonio completing the top 10. the remaining point-scorers were Tatsuki Suzuki, Adam Norrodin John McPhee, Nakarin Atiratphuvapat and Manuel Pagliani.

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