Moto3: Mir puts one hand on the title with Aragon win

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Joan Mir has put one hand on the 2017 Moto3 world title by taking a textbook last lap victory at Motorland Aragon, delivering a textbook final corner out-braking manoeuvre to take the win over Fabio Di Giannantonio and Enea Bastianini.

And with main title rival Romano Fenati struggling through the race to finish a distant tenth, Mir goes into the final four races of the season with an 80-point championship lead that he should easily be able to defend to the final round of the series.

Early race leader and pole man Jorge Martin was fourth, ahead of Aron Canet and British Talent Team rider John McPhee, who gambled with a soft rear tyre to come through the pack in the closing stages of the race but just lost out on the chance to get involved in the podium battle.

The race was run over a much-reduced 13 laps, after heavy fog early in the morning at the Spanish circuit saw over an hour and a half lost from the schedule and the Moto3 race consequently cut from its original 20 laps.

Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer