Moto3 Styria: VR46's Vietti beats Arbolino to secure maiden victory

Valentino Rossi protege Celestino Vietti beat Tony Arbolino in the Styrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring to claim his maiden Moto3 victory

Moto3 Styria: VR46's Vietti beats Arbolino to secure maiden victory

Poleman Gabriel Rodrigo grabbed the holeshot, but was powerless to stop Tony Arbolino from rocketing past on the run up the hill to Turn 3.

The Snipers rider used the supreme power of his Honda machine to keep his lead for the first eight laps, before Rodrigo carved past at Turn 3 on the brakes on lap nine.

But once again, the power of Rodrigo's Gresini Honda was no match for Arbolino's, and the Italian eased back through down the hill into Turn 4.

This theme continued for much of the race, with Petronas Sprinta's John McPhee, Darryn Binder on the CIP machine and VR46's Vietti briefly taking stints at the front - but all were blasted away by Arbolino almost instantly.

Arbolino was roughed up by Vietti and Honda Team Asia's Ai Ogura at Turn 9 on lap 21, with Arbolino dropping to third as a result.

The Snipers rider rallied to get back on terms with Vietti for the final lap, the VR46 machine just fending off Arbolino.

A small mistake for Arbolino at the final corner denied him any chance of using the power of his Honda to deny Vietti on the run to the line, with the VR46 rider taking the chequered flag 0.410 seconds clear.

Ogura held onto third to complete the podium and strengthen his championship challenge, with points leader Albert Arenas' (Aspar) advantage cut to 25 by the Japanese rider after crossing the line fifth.

Rodrigo was unable to convert his pole to a podium and was fourth in the end, with Binder sixth on his CIP machine ahead of SIC58's Tatsuki Suzuki.

Raul Fernandez was eighth on the Ajo KTM following several off-track excursions at Turn 1, with Stefano Nepa on the sister Aspar bike and EG 0,0 Honda's Sergio Garcia rounding out the top 10.

Brno winner Dennis Foggia was 11th on the Leopard bike ahead of Snipers' Filip Salac and the second Leopard of Jaume Masia, who had to come from 18th after being thrown out of Q2 for riding a damaged bike back to pitlane in Q1 on Saturday and spilling oil on track.

McPhee's championship hopes took a knock with a crash out of podium contention at Turn 9 at the end of the penultimate lap, with the Scotsman now 39 points adrift of Arenas in third.

Tech3 rider Deniz Oncu had to be taken to the medical centre after colliding with his team-mate Ayumu Sasaki at Turn 1 on lap 19 while both were battling for the podium.

Moto3 Styria - 23 laps

Pos Rider Team Bike Gap
1 Celestino Vietti SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM 37m10.319s
2 Tony Arbolino Rivacold Snipers Team Honda 0.410s
3 Ai Ogura Honda Team Asia Honda 0.938s
4 Gabriel Rodrigo Kommerling Gresini Moto3 Honda 1.182s
5 Albert Arenas Valresa Aspar Team Moto3 KTM 1.380s
6 Darryn Binder CIP - Green Power KTM 1.440s
7 Tatsuki Suzuki SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda 1.478s
8 Raul Fernandez Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 4.265s
9 Stefano Nepa Valresa Aspar Team Moto3 KTM 6.937s
10 Sergio Garcia Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda 8.050s
11 Dennis Foggia Leopard Racing Honda 10.660s
12 Filip Salac Rivacold Snipers Team Honda 10.341s
13 Andrea Migno SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM 14.381s
14 Jaume Masia Leopard Racing Honda 14.421s
15 Ryusei Yamanaka Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda 14.824s
16 Niccolo Antonelli SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda 14.961s
17 Romano Fenati Sterilgarda Max Racing Team Husqvarna 16.084s
18 Barry Baltus CarXpert PruestelGP KTM 17.553s
19 Jason Dupasquier CarXpert PruestelGP KTM 17.842s
20 Alonso Lopez Sterilgarda Max Racing Team Husqvarna 21.672s
21 Carlos Tatay Reale Avintia Moto3 KTM 22.446s
22 Yuki Kunii Honda Team Asia Honda 23.041s
23 Davide Pizzoli BOE Skull Rider Facile Energy KTM 27.533s
24 Maximilian Kofler CIP - Green Power KTM 1m05.434s
- Kaito Toba Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM Not classified
- John McPhee Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda Retirement
- Ayumu Sasaki Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM Retirement
- Deniz Oncu Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM Retirement
- Jeremy Alcoba Kommerling Gresini Moto3 Honda Retirement
- Riccardo Rossi BOE Skull Rider Facile Energy KTM Retirement

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Series Moto3
Drivers Tony Arbolino
Teams Team VR46
Author Lewis Duncan