Moto3: Canet breaks the duck after Austin disappointment

Published: 07 May 2017

Aron Canet has broken his Grand Prix duck after the disappointment of crashing out of the lead last time out in Austin by taking a stunning last corner victory in his home race at the Spanish Grand Prix.

"I think this victory is the best gift I could give my mother on a day like today. It has been a very complicated race; At first I tried to position myself in the top positions and try to shoot to break the group, but the fight was very intense and made it very complicated. After a touch with Darryn Binder has made me lose several positions. Then, with the slowest race, I did not find it so difficult to overtake and I thought about attacking the end of the race, placing fourth or third, which was perfect for the last corner."

It was a classic Moto3 contest under the Spanish sun, with a long lead group fighting it out from lights out. Jorge Martin got a great start from pole, before the early laps of the race saw the Platinum Bay Real Estate team of Marcos Ramirez and Darryn Binder emerge as the early superstars - heading the battle at the front in a stunning fight for the lead.

Pushing hard to stay in the fight for victory, the battle sadly ended early for Darryn Binder after attempting to go round the outside of Fenati and sliding out, although the South African remounted and kept up some impressive pace to end the race in 20th.  The payoff tasted better for teammate Ramirez, who stayed in contention for the podium until the final few corners of the last lap and crossed the line for an impressive fourth – a best ever for the rider and equalling the best result for the team.

It was a disappointing day for John McPhee, though, bringing the culmination of a bad weekend for the British Talent Honda rider after crashing out of 12th.