Although many had predicted an escape job from Aron Canet and Romano Fenati, the opening Moto3 race of the season turned into a massive group battle with up to sixteen riders fighting for a victory that eventually went to Kaito Toba.
The first ever Japanese winner of a Moto3 race prevailed by the narrowest margin over Lorenzo dalla Porta in second place, with Canet completing the podium as the top KTM rider in third after a thrilling battle with Marcos Ramírez, Celestino Vietti and Sama Qatar Ángel Nieto Team riders Albert Arenas and Raúl Fernández.
It was a successful start to the season for the Sama Qatar Ángel Nieto Team in Qatar, where both riders finished inside the top seven. Albert Arenas fought in the lead group throughout, briefly holding a podium position before eventually taking sixth place.
His rookie teammate Raúl Fernández came from tenth on the grid to claim seventh at the finish, the second-best rookie on the night. It represents a strong start to the season for the Sama Qatar Ángel Nieto Team, third in the team standings after the opening round and with optimism and ambition now high for the rest of the campaign.
6th Albert Arenas:
“I am happy because we fought for the podium, even though it wasn’t to be at the end. It was hard for me to defend my position during the race and I had to be really aggressive with my overtakes, It is a positive result and we have a good base setting to work with now. We have done a great job here and given our maximum, so we are satisfied and full of motivation for the next race. Argentina is a bit of a smaller circuit and that might suit us better.”
7th Raúl Fernández:
“I had a really fun race. At the start it was hard to see through the visor because of the sun going down, which was a shame, but I was lucky because I didn’t run wide. On the last lap Antonelli came in a bit too aggressive and we both ran wide. We lost a few positions and instead of a possible top five we have finished seventh. This was my first race as a full-time rider and I am happy, although I feel a bit bad. The good thing is we have a competitive bike, which I have to thank the team for after all their hard work.”
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