Marco Bezzecchi took a dominant debut Moto3 victory with a stunning ride in today’s Argentinian Grand Prix.
Heavy rainfall overnight had left the track wet, but following all three warm-up sessions a dry line had started to form leaving the Moto3 grid with a difficult decision to make ahead of the race.
Opting not to gamble, most riders started on full wet tyres but a few braved slicks. Not happy with his choice of wet tyres after the warm-up lap, Qatar race winner and championship leader Jorge Martin darted into the pits for a tyre change, but went on to lose significant time as the Gresini Honda team were still changing the tyres over when the lights went out.
Meanwhile, Bezzecchi bolted off at the front, making the use of his wet rubber while he could, building up a lead of seven seconds over the chasing pack. The VR46 rider’s gap was enough to manage the rest of the race, crossing the line some 4.689 seconds ahead of Aron Canet in second to take KTM’s first Moto3 victory since Mugello last year.
Aron Canet moves into the lead of the championship after a strong second place, narrowly beating Fabio Di Giannantonio to the runner-up spot.
Enea Bastianini missed out on the podium in fourth place ahead of Adam Norrodin and Alonso Lopez.
Lorenzo Dalla Porta was seventh on the second Leopard Racing Honda ahead of SIC58’s Niccolo Antonelli with Gabriel Rodrigo ninth.
The first rider home on slicks was Tony Arbolino in tenth place, ahead of Martin who managed to limit the damage caused when he lost so much time in the pits with a stunning ride to 11th.
Britian’s John McPhee finished out of the points in 17th place after having to take evasive action when Albert Arenas tagged the back of Darren Binder in a battle for 12th.