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11 and counting: Moto3™ musters up another different winner

Arbolino’s Mugello victory means we’ve now witnessed 11 different lightweight class winners in the last 11 races

Tags Moto3, 2019

Moto3™ is incredibly unpredictable, it’s what makes every Grand Prix Sunday morning for 35-40 minutes from 11:00am local time so exhilarating. But, 11 different winners from the last 11 races is unbelievable, and it goes to show just how competitive the Moto3™ field is.

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Magic Martin masters Moto3™ in Malaysia

The run started with Fabio Di Giannantonio’s Thai GP win last October, with then-title contender Marco Bezzecchi winning in Japan the race after. Sama Qatar Angel Nieto Team’s Albert Arenas claimed victory in arguably one of the most incredible races we’ve ever seen – 0.9 seconds splitting 1st to 14th at Phillip Island. Jorge Martin then wrapped up the title with victory in Malaysia, before we witnessed Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Can Öncü become the youngest ever Grand Prix race winner at a rain-soaked Valencia.

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Arenas wins a lightweight war on the Island!

Fast forward into 2019 and it was Kaito Toba (Honda Team Asia) who took his maiden Grand Prix win at the Qatar GP to end Japan’s almost 12-year wait for a lightweight class win. In Argentina, Bester Capital Dubai’s Jauma Masia then converted pole into a first GP victory before Aron Canet (Sterilgarda Max Racing Team) stormed Texas to take his first Moto3™ win on a KTM machine.

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Watch Toba win his first Moto3™ race in Qatar for FREE

It was an emotional Sunday for the SIC58 Squadra Corse team in Jerez as Niccolo Antonelli recorded Paolo Simoncelli’s team their first Grand Prix win, on the same circuit late son Marco Simoncelli won his first race at. The French GP belonged to Petronas Sprinta Racing’s John McPhee, the Scotsman winning just his second ever GP and his team’s first before VNE Sniper’s Tony Arbolino snatched his first GP win – a sensational result for the Italian on home soil in Mugello.

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Simoncelli's legend continues with Sic58's first victory

11 different winners from 11 races is a Moto3™ record. Will we see that number notch up to a dozen at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya next time out? Gabriel Rodrigo (Kömmerling Gresini Moto3) finished third there last year, the leading rider who is still currently in the Moto3™ class. Maybe it’s the Argentine’s turn to win a lightweight class race…

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The last lap of Moto3™ - 8 riders in half a second

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