Joan Mir has taken a textbook victory over Romano Fenati and Jorge Martin at the Catalan Grand Prix, after setting up a textbook overtake through the Montmelò circuit’s final chicane to snatch the lead off pole man Martin.
The race ran as a six-way battle to the flag between Mir, Fenati, Martin and Enea Bastianini, Aron Canet and Fabio Di Giannantonio, but the leading group made little bit of a break in the closing laps to just ease away, setting up a last corner move between the trio – and it saw Martin demoted from first to third as Mir forced his way through.
Bastianini and Mir were fourth and fifth, with Marco Ramirez bridging through to sixth ahead of Di Giannantonio, Mugello winner Andrea Migno, Nicolo Bulega and Tatsuki Suzuki rounding out the top ten.
British Talent Cup Honda rider John McPhee was 12th, making good progress in the opening laps from 19th on the grid before losing touch with the leading pack and being forced to settle for the position.
Mir’s good news today continued, with the Marc VDS team also announcing a new three-year deal from next season that will see him step up to the Moto2 class with them.