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Moto3 Sachsenring: Dalla Porta takes first win of 2019 and championship lead

Published: 07 July 2019

Updated: 07 July 2019

Leopard Racing’s Lorenzo Dall Porta bagged his first victory of the 2019 season after another frantic, multi-bike Moto3 encounter. The 22 year old Honda rider’s win escalates him to the top of the championship standings as the series heads into its three week summer break.

“Finally we win and it feels nice to go into the summer leading the championship.” He said.  “This weekend I haven’t felt the best on the bike , but once I was in the group I could do more.”

Marcos Ramirez made it a perfect day for the Leopard team in second place, but the ride of the day arguably belonged to Max Racing Team’s Aaron Canet. After a qualifying nightmare saw him lose his best lap time due to exceeding track limits he started the race down in 22nd position and the 8th row of the grid. But a determined, yet measured charge through the field saw him arrive in the battle for the podium in the final laps; ultimately finishing third.

Scot John McPhee once again showed his pedigree to run at the front of the class throughout the 27 lap race, but despite leading in the closing stages was relegated to sixth despite finishing just 0.445s off the win.

He said: “It was enjoyable race, but another proper Moto3 battle. I tried to stay in the front fight the whole race. It would have been nicer to be a couple more places further up but it was one of those things where I ended up getting shuffled back.

“The first half of the season is now over and the team have done a fantastic job, but now we have a bit of time to have a re-group and come back even stronger in the second half which has tracks that I really like.”

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