Teruel Moto3: Masia takes Honda's 800th win in Aragon thriller

Leopard's Jaume Masia won a thrilling Teruel Grand Prix to claim back-to-back Moto3 Aragon wins as Albert Arenas extends his championship lead despite missing the podium

Teruel Moto3: Masia takes Honda's 800th win in Aragon thriller

Masia's first win since Argentina 2019 last weekend made him Honda's 100th winner in grand prix racing, with his second Aragon triumph - coming after a penultimate corner pass - giving HRC its 800th victory across all grand prix classes.

Tony Arbolino on his return from a COVID-19-related absence last weekend grabbed the holeshot from second on the grid, though poleman Raul Fernandez immediately retaliated at the first corner.

Arbolino got shoved back by the VR46 KTM of Celestino Vietti and championship leader Arenas through the next few turns, before the latter hit the front for the first time at the penultimate corner.

The lead group in the early laps was over 20 bikes, with the battle at the front frantic as the likes of Vietti, Fernandez and his Ajo KTM team-mate Kaito Toba took turns leading the field.

Arenas scythed past Toba at Turn 1 on lap 10 to retake the lead, and resisted several attempts by Masia over the new few tours.

The speed of Arenas' Aspar-run KTM proved tough for Masia to overhaul on his Leopard Honda on the straight, while the former's strength in braking made him almost impossible to overtake.

But Masia finally made a move stick into Turn 1 having nailed his run from the final corner on lap 17, though Arenas would be back ahead six turns later.

Masia got ahead of Arenas into Turn 1 at the start of the final lap, but once again Arenas struck back at Turn 7 and looked like he'd hold onto his lead as he got a brilliant exit onto the back straight.

But the Leopard rider blasted through into the penultimate corner, opening the door for Tech3's Ayumu Sasaki and Toba to come through on Arenas too.

Masia held on by 0.051 seconds on the run to the line to get himself back into championship contention, with Sasaki claiming his and Tech3's maiden Moto3 podium.
Toba hasn't had a top six since last year's French GP, with his best result a ninth place in 2020.

But the KTM rider made it two Japanese riders on the podium in third, with Arenas fourth after being mugged through the final bends.

Vietti completed the top five ahead of Petronas Sprinta's John McPhee, who came from 17th on the grid, with this sister Tech3 KTM of Deniz Oncu, CIPs Darryn Binder, Honda Team Asia's Ai Ogura and the Snipers Honda of Arbolino completing the top 10.

Despite missing the podium, Ogura's ninth means Arenas' championship lead has opened up to 19 over the Japanese rider with just three races to go.

Vietti is a further point adrift in third, while Masia is now 24 points behind in fourth.

Despite the raging dogfight throughout the race, only two riders failed to finish when Tatsuki Suzuki crashed exiting Turn 9 on the last lap in front of EG 0,0 Honda's Sergio Garcia and left him with no choice but to hit the stricken SIC58 bike.

Teruel Moto3 result - 19 laps

Pos Rider Team Bike Gap
1 Jaume Masia Leopard Racing Honda 37m44.602s
2 Ayumu Sasaki Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 0.051s
3 Kaito Toba Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 0.152s
4 Albert Arenas Solunion Aspar Team Moto3 KTM 0.296s
5 Celestino Vietti SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM 0.331s
6 John McPhee Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda 0.372s
7 Deniz Oncu Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 0.583s
8 Darryn Binder CIP - Green Power KTM 0.772s
9 Ai Ogura Honda Team Asia Honda 0.955s
10 Tony Arbolino Rivacold Snipers Team Honda 2.259s
11 Alonso Lopez Sterilgarda Max Racing Team Husqvarna 2.489s
12 Raul Fernandez Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 2.493s
13 Filip Salac Rivacold Snipers Team Honda 2.520s
14 Gabriel Rodrigo Kommerling Gresini Moto3 Honda 2.686s
15 Jeremy Alcoba Kommerling Gresini Moto3 Honda 2.745s
16 Dennis Foggia Leopard Racing Honda 2.895s
17 Carlos Tatay Reale Avintia Moto3 KTM 3.019s
18 Andrea Migno SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM 3.622s
19 Romano Fenati Sterilgarda Max Racing Team Husqvarna 5.448s
20 Stefano Nepa Solunion Aspar Team Moto3 KTM 5.620s
21 Barry Baltus CarXpert PruestelGP KTM 5.680s
22 Niccolo Antonelli SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda 6.103s
23 Ryusei Yamanaka Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda 16.543s
24 Jason Dupasquier CarXpert PruestelGP KTM 21.606s
25 Yuki Kunii Honda Team Asia Honda 21.716s
26 Davide Pizzoli BOE Skull Rider Facile Energy KTM 21.812s
27 Khairul Idham Pawi Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda 32.799s
28 Maximilian Kofler CIP - Green Power KTM 33.600s
- Tatsuki Suzuki SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda Retirement
- Sergio Garcia Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda Retirement

shares
comments
Aragon Moto3: Masia wins Aragon thriller from 17th, Arenas extends points lead

Previous article

Aragon Moto3: Masia wins Aragon thriller from 17th, Arenas extends points lead

Next article

European Moto3: Fernandez wins as Arenas disqualified after early collision

European Moto3: Fernandez wins as Arenas disqualified after early collision
Load comments

About this article

Series Moto3
Drivers Jaume Masia
Author Lewis Duncan