Anand Mahindra and his team
could not have got a better Diwali gift as Francesco Bagnaia (Pull & Bear
Aspar Mahindra) took his second ever career win at Sepang International Circuit
in the Moto3, avoiding a pile of crashes that happened in front. His teammate Jorge
Martin (Pull & Bear Aspar Mahindra), however, caused a domino effect crash which
saw riders failing off in the race earlier on.
Jakub Kornfeil (Drive M7 SIC
Racing Team) took the second position for the SIC team, ahead of another rookie
podium for Dutchman Bo Bendsneyder (Red Bull KTM Ajo).
The start of the race on a dry
track was anticipated to be a close one, but the initial crashes went on to see
almost half the field wiped out. The first incident took place on Lap 1 at Turn
2 which saw Andrea Migno (Sky Racing Team VR46) losing control of his KTM and
making contact with RBA Racing’s Juanfran Guevara. Both were out of contention
Then on Lap 1 itself there was
a crash at Turn 6, Jorge Martin (Pull&Bear Aspar Mahindra) caused a domino
effect crash which saw Nicolo Bulega (Sky Racing Team VR46), Tatsuki Suzuki
(CIP-Unicom Starker), Aron Canet (Estrella Galicia 0,0) and Philipp Oettl
(Schedl Racing GP) crashing out.
Another drama followed at Turn 7 after Adam Norrodin (Drive M7 SIC
Racing Team) fell at the corner that
claimed bigger racers like World Champion Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo), Joan
Mir (Leopard Racing), Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Sky Racing Team) and Fabio Di
Giannantonio (Gresini Racing Moto3)> It almost looked like an orchestrated fall, which led to Bagnaia to race ahead.
Crashes continued even after
that . Jorge Navarro (Estrella Galicia 0,0) crashed at the final corner. Turn 9
then claimed two casualties as Ongetta-Rivacold teammates Niccolo Antonelli and
Jules Danilo crashed out in separate but almost simultaneous incidents.
Antonelli was able, hoever,able to remount and remain in the points.
A crash for Maria Herrera at
Turn 15 in an incident with Livio Loi then prefaced a Red Flag, and with well
over two thirds of race distance completed, the results would stand - with the
positions determined by standings on Lap 13 as the last full lap completed by
the whole field.
The season finale now goes to
the Circuit de Ricardo Tormo in Valencia in Spain.
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