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11 days ago
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Flawless Bezzecchi wins crazy Moto3™ race

The Italian storms to victory as Arbolino and Martin take huge gamble

Marco Bezzecchi (Redox PrustelGP) takes his maiden Moto3™ victory with a magnificent ride on a drying track at the Gran Premio Motul de la Republica Argentina, pushing from the start and able to pull away for a 6.8 second lead after ten laps. Pole position man Tony Arbolino (Marinelli Snipers Team) opted to start the race on the slick tyres, while Championship leader Jorge Martin (Del Conca Gresini Moto3) pulled in at the end of the warm up lap to make the same gamble.

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Aron Canet (Estrella Galicia 0,0) battled hard to take a valuable 20 points and the lead in the Championship as he took second, as Del Conca Gresini Moto3™ rider Fabio Di Giannantonio finished 0.274 back in third. Enea Bastianini (Leopard Racing) threatened late in the race to take his first podium of the season, but a mistake on the last lap ended his chances – he finished a solid fourth.

A gap of 3.294 then separated the Italian to Adam Norrodin (Petronal Sprinta Racing) who claimed his career best finish in fifth, with sixth place Estrella Galicia 0,0 man Alonso Lopez also grabbing his career best result. Lopez led Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Leopard Racing) in seventh and Niccolo Antonelli (SIC58 Squadra Corse) in eighth.

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Home hero Gabriel Rodrigo (RBA BOE Skull Rider) managed to get a top ten finish at his home grand prix, after dropping back from the leading group late in the race but taking ninth.

Then came the pole man Arbolino, who carved his way through to tenth after opting for slicks at the start of the race. He led Martin over the line by 1.074 seconds in P11. The risk didn't quite pay off with reward, but the two men took solid points. 

There were a number of crashes, including Jaume Masia (Bester Capital Dubai) who tagged the back of Di Giannantonio at turn five – crashing out of fourth on the penultimate lap in some late heartbrake for the rookie but all riders ok.

For the full results of a hectic Moto3™ race, click here. The lightweight class will next be on track in the Lone Star State as engines fire up again in Austin from Friday 20th April. 

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