Mugello Moto3: Migno prevails in manic slipstream battle

Valentino Rossi's protege Andrea Migno scored his maiden Moto3 victory on home soil after a hectic race at Mugello.

Mugello Moto3: Migno prevails in manic slipstream battle

The race concluded with 21 riders in the leading group, with the slipstream allowing the field to bunch up and the leader to change every lap on the main straight.

VR46 Sky rider Migno, in his 51st Moto3 start, went past Fabio di Giannantonio at the beginning of the final lap and built enough lead to finish 0.037s in the clear.

Gresini's di Giannantonio, who had spent the majority of the race at the sharp end, completed an all-Italian top two.

Juanfran Guevara (RBA) celebrated his maiden podium finish in the category in third after passing Darryn Binder (Platinum Bay) and John McPhee (British Talent Team) on the final lap.

Binder brought it home in fourth, while pole-sitter McPhee was demoted to sixth by Aron Canet (Estrella Galicia).

Canet, second in the standings, finished two positions ahead of points leader Joan Mir (Leopard), the latter stood as the only rider to successfully defend his lead on the main straight earlier in the race.

Moto3 rookie Ayumu Sasaki (SIC) took his first top-10 finish in eighth, followed by Marcos Ramirez (Platinum Bay) and Migno's teammate Nicolo Bulega.

Ongetta rider Romano Fenati and Gresini's Jorge Martin, who was fastest in qualifying but received a 12-place grid penalty for not going too slowly in more than three sectors in FP3, were 13th and 15th respectively despite having led early in the race.

The top 21 riders crossed the line within 3.476s, with Tony Arbolino the last man in the leading group.

Despite the race's manic nature, only four riders failed to finish, with Albert Arenas and Tatsuki Suzuki dropping out on the final lap.

Race results

1 italy Andrea Migno  KTM 39'43.963 
2 italy Fabio Di Giannantonio  Honda 0.037
3 spain Juan Francisco Guevara  KTM 0.166
4 south_africa Darryn Binder  KTM 0.362
5 spain Aron Canet  Honda 0.364
6 united_kingdom John McPhee  Honda 0.419
7 spain Joan Mir  Honda 0.556
8 japan  Ayumu Sasaki  Honda 0.710
9 spain  Marcos Ramirez  KTM 0.772
10 italy Nicolo Bulega  KTM 1.125
11 italy Enea Bastianini  Honda 1.229
12 netherlands Bo Bendsneyder  KTM 1.261
13 italy Romano Fenati  Honda 1.461
14 germany Philipp Ottl  KTM 1.524
15 spain Jorge Martin  Honda 1.553
16 italy Niccolo Antonelli  KTM 1.858
17 italy  Marco Bezzecchi  Mahindra 2.259
18 malaysia Adam Norrodin  Honda 2.272
19 italy  Lorenzo dalla Porta  Mahindra 2.319
20 czech_republic Jakub Kornfeil  Peugeot 3.053
21 italy  Tony Arbolino  Honda 3.476
22 italy  Manuel Pagliani  Mahindra 11.162
23 belgium Livio Loi  Honda 17.713
24 thailand Nakarin Atiratphuvapat  Honda 37.687
25 japan Kaito Toba  Honda 37.688
26 spain Maria Herrera  KTM 37.776
27 finland Patrik Pulkkinen  Peugeot 37.887
Ret japan Tatsuki Suzuki  Honda 1 lap
Ret  spain Albert Arenas  Mahindra 1 lap
Ret  france Jules Danilo  Honda 11 laps
Ret  italy  Edoardo Sintoni  Mahindra 13 laps
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