Fenati flies to maiden victory in Jerez thriller

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Italian rookie Romano Fenati confirmed himself as a star of the future with a dominant maiden win in tricky conditions at the Gran Premio bwin de España, which saw almost half the field crash out.

Redox-Ongetta-Centro Seta´s Jakub Kornfeil got the best start and led the frantic opening stages in a race that was declared dry at the start despite a few damp patches still out on track. Red Bull KTM Ajo´s Danny Kent, Caretta Technology´s Jack Miller and Ambrogio Next Racing´s Simone Grotzkyj were soon caught out by the conditions, coming off at turn 10 on lap two simultaneously.

Estrella Galicia 0,0´s Miguel Oliveira was soon in the lead, yet Kornfeil was not giving up without a fight. However, he too came off spectacularly in turn 13, followed closely by RW Racing GP´s Brad Binder. Yet the drama continued as Oliveira followed suit a few turns later, with Kent´s team mate Arthur Sissis high-siding his bike as well.

This left pole sitter Alex Rins in the lead ahead of Team Italia FMI´s Romano Fenati and Racing Tem Germany´s Louis Rossi. Rossi soon got past the Italian to chase down Rins, who saved a near spectacular crash, leaving him to dice with Fenati and Rossi for first.

The three riders swapped positions frequently, though soon Rossi joined the list of crashers, as he skid out on turn one, leaving the Italian rookie and Spanish wildcard to lead the way.

Further back , Cortese was leading the trio chasing third, whilst behind, an epic battle for sixth saw seven riders, including Blusens Avinitia´s title favorite Viñales, fighting it out. Nicollo Antonelli was leading the pack, but Viñales soon got the better of him.

Back at the front Fenati was pulling out a gap on Rins, who also crashed, but managed to remount still in second. However, he was soon joined by RW Racng GP´s Luis Salom in third, with Miller´s team mate Alexis Masbou and Red Bull KTM Ajo´s Sandro Cortese in tow.

Further down the grid, Moto FGR´s Jasper Iwema slid his bike into the gravel, after which JHK T-Shirt Laglisse´s Adrian Martin followed suit in turn one, crashing out from seventh. Mahindra Racing´s Danny Webb retired with a mechanical problem with seven laps to go, while on the same lap Technomag-CIP-TSR´s Kenta Fujii crashed in the final turn.

As Fenati pulled away at the front, the tussle for second provided all the action with Cortese, Rins and Salom, after dropping off Masbou. The three diced all the way, testing each other´s mettle in almost every turn.

At the end it was Romano Fenati who took the checkered flag with a 31 second lead to take the lead in the Moto3 championship. Salom won the battle to take second spot ahead of Cortese in third, and Rins in fourth. Masbou finished fifth ahead Maverick Viñales in sixth.

Jack Miller was confirmed to have fractured his collarbone, with Danny Kent suffering multiple contusions. Sissis suffered multiple contusions to his chest and hand, while Fujii was taken to the medical centre for X-rays.

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