Catalunya Moto3: Navarro claims maiden win in crash-filled race
Jorge Navarro claimed the first Moto3 victory of his career on home soil at Catalunya, while points leader Brad Binder recovered from a late-race incident to finish second.
Navarro 's first Grand Prix win follows four second places in 36 starts, and is the Estrella Galicia team's first victory since Alex Marquez's triumph at Motegi in 2014.
Following a hectic opening few laps, which saw Enea Bastianini, Rio Hondo race winner Khairul Idham Pawi and Binder all lead.
Navarro dropped back to the lower echelons of the leading group after running wide, but was back in the lead in just three laps, having slipstreamed past championship rival Binder on the main straight.
Although Romano Fenati and Bastianini both stole the lead for a couple of laps, Navarro was back in control for the final stages.
He entered the final laps leading by half a second, taking the win by 0.564s at the chequered flag and dedicating his triumph to fallen Moto2 rider Luis Salom.
"Really emotional day for me. This morning I thought 'today I must win', and this victory is for Luis," said Navarro.
"I was always pushing 100 percent. I want to say thanks to the team because the bike was perfect for this race."
Binder fights back for second
Pole-sitter Binder spent the whole race within the leading group but dropped back to eighth in the closing stages when he was hit by Gabriel Rodrigo and forced to run wide at the Turn 14 chicane.
The South African impressively fought back to salvage second, holding off Italian duo Bastianini and Fenati at the finish.
"I don't know where Rodrigo was trying to go, because I was on the inside kerb," said Binder, whose championship lead over Navarro has been cut to 44 points.
"I was so lucky not to crash. I think I had the pace in the last three laps to win, but I'm happy to be on the podium because it easily could have been zero [points]."
Nicolo Bulega was the top rookie in fifth, followed by Aron Canet by half a tenth.
Fabio Quartararo finished seventh, 12 seconds down, followed by Leopard Racing teammate Joan Mir, Gresini's Fabio Di Giannantonio and Jakub Kornfeil.
The race saw no more than 13 riders crash, including Alexis Masbou, Maria Herrera, Jules Danilo, Hiroki Ono and Francesco Bagnaia.
Pawi and Rodrigo both crashed out while running withing the top five during the final laps.
|1||Jorge Navarro||Estrella Galicia 0,0||Honda NSF250RW||42:18.228|
|2||Brad Binder||Red Bull KTM Ajo||KTM RC 250 GP||+0.564|
|3||Enea Bastianini||Gresini Racing Moto3||Honda NSF250RW||+0.817|
|4||Romano Fenati||SKY Racing Team VR46||KTM RC 250 GP||+0.925|
|5||Nicolo Bulega||SKY Racing Team VR46||KTM RC 250 GP||+1.531|
|6||Aron Canet||Estrella Galicia 0,0||Honda NSF250RW||+1.581|
|7||Fabio Quartararo||Leopard Racing||KTM RC 250 GP||+13.605|
|8||Joan Mir||Leopard Racing||KTM RC 250 GP||+13.672|
|9||Fabio Di Giannantonio||Gresini Racing Moto3||Honda NSF250RW||+13.753|
|10||Jakub Kornfeil||Drive M7 SIC Racing Team||Honda NSF250RW||+14.814|
|11||Bo Bendsneyder||Red Bull KTM Ajo||KTM RC 250 GP||+14.840|
|12||Darryn Binder||Platinum Bay Real Estate||Mahindra MGP3O||+29.860|
|13||Juan Francisco Guevara||RBA Racing Team||KTM RC 250 GP||+32.006|
|14||Tatsuki Suzuki||CIP-Unicom Starker||Mahindra MGP3O||+33.305|
|15||John McPhee||Peugeot MC Saxoprint||Peugeot MGP30||+33.766|
|16||Livio Loi||RW Racing GP BV||Honda NSF250RW||+34.986|
|17||Philipp Ottl||Schedl GP Racing||KTM RC 250 GP||+36.384|
|18||Andrea Migno||SKY Racing Team VR46||KTM RC 250 GP||+41.731|
|19||Andrea Locatelli||Leopard Racing||KTM RC 250 GP||+42.985|
|20||Niccolo Antonelli||Ongetta-Rivacold||Honda NSF250RW||+59.035|
|21||Fabio Spiranelli||CIP-Unicom Starker||Mahindra MGP3O||+1:29.713|
|22||Lorenzo Petrarca||3570 Team Italia||Mahindra MGP3O||+1:30.640|
|R||Davide Pizzoli||Procercasa - 42 Motorsport||KTM RC 250 GP|
|R||Karel Hanika||Platinum Bay Real Estate||Mahindra MGP3O|
|R||Gabriel Rodrigo||RBA Racing Team||KTM RC 250 GP|
|R||Khairul Idham Pawi||Honda Team Asia||Honda NSF250RW|
|R||Jorge Martin||ASPAR Mahindra Team Moto3||Mahindra MGP3O|
|R||Albert Arenas||MRW Mahindra Aspar Team||Mahindra MGP3O|
|R||Francesco Bagnaia||ASPAR Mahindra Team Moto3||Mahindra MGP3O|
|R||Adam Norrodin||Drive M7 SIC Racing Team||Honda NSF250RW|
|R||Hiroki Ono||Honda Team Asia||Honda NSF250RW|
|R||Jules Danilo||Ongetta-Rivacold||Honda NSF250RW|
|R||Maria Herrera||MH6 Team||KTM RC 250 GP|
|R||Stefano Valtulini||3570 Team Italia||Mahindra MGP3O|
|R||Alexis Masbou||Peugeot MC Saxoprint||Peugeot MGP30|
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