Moto3: Mir takes the win after red flag pile-up

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Joan Mir has taken a comfortable win in today’s Moto3 race at the French Grand Prix after first red flags and then crashes from his championship rivals left the Spaniard able to take victory by a huge four seconds at the end.

The first running of the race was red flagged after only two laps, when leaking oil from a crashed machine that was allowed to restart saw the majority of the field fall in a huge pile-up at turn six.

And when the race itself did get underway, it looked set for a repeat performance of the Austin victory, with Romano Fenati making a break for it. Pole man Jorge Martin and Mir looked like the only ones of the chasing pack able to make it a close race, but a fall first for Martin from second and then Fenati in the lead left the Leopard Honda rider out in front.

There was a closer scrap for the remaining podium places behind him, but a last lap crash for Darryn Binder denied the South African and KTM again, instead leaving Aron Canet and Fabio Di Giannantonio to give Honda a clean sweep of this year’s Moto3 podiums after five rounds.

Behind them, Marcos Ramirez, Juanfran Guevara, Enea Bastianini, home favourite Jules Danilo and Andrea Migno rounded out the top eight, while Danny Kent dropped to tenth behind teammate Bo Bendsneyder at the chequered flag. John McPhee came home in 12th, making up 14 places after a poor qualifying.


Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer