Tony Arbolino turned his pole position into a memorable home victory at the Italian Grand Prix, after twenty hectic laps that were largely dominated by his compatriot Lorenzo dalla Porta. Just 0.029 seconds separated the two over the line but it was Arbolino who became the sixth different winner in the Moto3 class this season, moving himself up to sixth place in the championship. Alongside the two Italians, Spanish rider Jaume Masiá stepped up to the podium for the third time this season.
The Sama Qatar Ángel Nieto Team doubled up on the points at Mugello with both riders inside the top fifteen – Raúl Fernández and Albert Arenas taking eleventh and twelfth place respectively. Fernández grew in stature as the race progressed, making a steady start but managing to fight with the lead group in his first race at this track.
Arenas crossed the line just behind his teammate after making up ten positions from the start, salvaging a difficult weekend with four championship points before the series heads to his home race in Barcelona.
11th Raúl Fernández:
“I am satisfied with how the weekend has ended but I want to apologise to the team because today I really felt the impact of my injury. It has been a month since I have been able to train properly after the crash at Jerez and today I could really feel it with my physical fitness. I am not at 100% but despite that I think we had a strong weekend, running with the front group on my first visit to Mugello. My only goal now is to train hard every day before Barcelona and get back to the form we showed at the start of the season.”
12th Albert Arenas:
“I am happy because it has been a difficult weekend and the fact that we managed to achieve the lap times we set as our target today is good. However, our potential is for better. The bad thing is when you start from so far back. If you qualifying 22nd then you can’t finish in the top five, so the goal is to start out stronger at Montmeló and get back to where we should be.”
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