Italian rider Tony Arbolino had a less than satisfying qualifying session for his home race in Mugello. The youngster could only manage 18th fastest. But, given his raw talent and Mugello’s long straight, he stood a chance of climbing up the order.
As the red lights went off, Tony made an excellent start off the grid. The 17-year old ended the first lap in 11th place.
The Grand Prix of Mugello was truly an exciting race. It was full of overtakes and battles during the opening laps. Eventually, Tony managed to reach the second group.
Tony, Enea Bastianini, Andrea Migno, Gabriel Rodrigo and Lorenzo Dalla Porta fought hard with each other. By overtaking and hard braking, Arbolino got out from last corner in 5th position. He tried to exploit the slipstream on multiple occasions and it worked a few times in his favour. In the end, he finished the 6th round of the 2018 Moto3 season in 7th position, equalling his best finish.
Tony said, “I had a lot of fun today doing overtakes and recovering positions. I felt strong today and I am happy for that. I want to do well and we’ll try, from the next race, to stay always in the top ten which is the goal we fixed at the beginning of the season”.
He ended this race satisfied and on a happy note. With 20 laps full of fun and breathless action.
The eventual race winner and subsequent podium finishers were Jorge Martin, Marco Bezzecchi and Fabio Di Giannantonio respectively. Also finishing ahead of Tony Arbolino were Rodrigo, Migno and Bastiannini in that order.
Tony is currently 15th in the championship standings as the MotoGP paddock heads to Catalunya on 17th June. Last year, he finished 24th, but we can be sure that this year, he will finish higher.