Jerez Moto3: Canet wins through last-corner double overtake

Aron Canet joined the Moto3 winner's circle in the first European race of the season at Jerez, beating Romano Fenati and championship leader Joan Mir with a double overtake at the last corner.

Jerez Moto3: Canet wins through last-corner double overtake
Darryn Binder, Platinum Bay Real Estate
Romano Fenati, Marinelli Rivacold Snipers
Livio Loi, Leopard Racing
Maria Herrera, AGR Team
Aron Canet, Estrella Galicia 0,0
Niccolo Antonelli, Red Bull KTM Ajo
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At the start of the race, Fenati shot past Canet in the run down to Turn 1, before dispatching pole-sitter Jorge Martin in the following sequence of corners to take the lead of the race.

However, Fenati’s stint at the front of the pack didn’t last for too long, with Darryn Binder passing the Italian to take the the top spot.

The two riders traded positions for a number of laps, before Binder's Platinum Bay teammate Marcos Ramirez passed both of them to emerge as the new race leader.

While the Spaniard could never break away from the rest of the field and was overtaken at a number of occasions during the 23-lap race, he was always able to regain the lead within a matter of corners.

But the final three laps of the race proved to be decisive as Ramirez fell down to fourth after running wide, allowing Canet, Fenati and Mir to make it a three-way fight for victory.

On the final tour, Fenati led the race from Mir and Canet, with Ramirez still in contention for victory.

Canet, who crashed out of victory contention at COTA last time out, lunged down the inside of Mir and Fenati at the final corner, making the move stick to win the race by just 0.031s from the Rivacold rider.

Mir crossed the line 0.124s adrift in third, while Ramirez had to settle for fourth place after leading much of the race.

Fabio di Giannantonio was classified fifth, ahead of Andrea Migno, Nicolo Bulega and Enea Bastianini.

Pole-sitter Martin could finish no higher than ninth, while Juanfran Guevara completed the top 10.

John McPhee sprinted from 25th to 18th in the opening lap, but could never break into the lead group. The Englishman then lost control of his bike while braking into Turn 1, eventually retiring from the race.

Race Results:

1 spain Aron Canet  Honda  -
2 italy Romano Fenati  Honda 0.031
3 spain Joan Mir  Honda 0.155
4 spain  Marcos Ramirez  KTM 0.358
5 italy Fabio Di Giannantonio  Honda 50.946
6 italy Andrea Migno  KTM 51.162
7 italy Nicolo Bulega  KTM 51.417
8 italy Enea Bastianini  Honda 51.456
9 spain Jorge Martin  Honda 51.961
10 spain Juan Francisco Guevara  KTM 52.000
11 netherlands Bo Bendsneyder  KTM 7.431
12 france Jules Danilo  Honda 9.958
13 spain Gabriel Rodrigo  KTM 10.028
14 spain Albert Arenas  Mahindra 10.665
15 japan  Ayumu Sasaki  Honda 14.062
16 belgium Livio Loi  Honda 20.451
17 japan Kaito Toba  Honda 20.699
18 czech_republic Jakub Kornfeil  Peugeot 20.836
19 italy  Lorenzo dalla Porta  Mahindra 21.624
20 south_africa Darryn Binder  KTM 34.081
21 thailand Nakarin Atiratphuvapat  Honda 37.754
22 italy Niccolo Antonelli  KTM 37.799
23 italy  Tony Arbolino  Honda 37.915
24 spain Maria Herrera  KTM 38.014
25 spain  Raul Fernandez  Mahindra 57.408
26 finland Patrik Pulkkinen  Peugeot 57.494
27 italy  Manuel Pagliani  Mahindra 1'00.920
Ret  united_kingdom John McPhee  Honda 9 laps
Ret  italy  Marco Bezzecchi  Mahindra 10 laps
Ret  malaysia Adam Norrodin  Honda 11 laps
Ret  japan Tatsuki Suzuki  Honda 20 laps
Ret  spain  Vicente Perez  KTM 22 laps
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