Moto3 Portugal: Arenas takes title in dramatic finale, Fernandez wins race

Lewis Duncan
·4-min read
Moto3: Arenas takes title in dramatic finale, Fernandez wins
Moto3: Arenas takes title in dramatic finale, Fernandez wins

Aspar's Albert Arenas won the 2020 Moto3 world championship in a dramatic Portuguese Grand Prix finale as Raul Fernandez dominated for the race victory on his Ajo KTM.

Arenas, Ai Ogura and Tony Arbolino came into the final round covered by 20 points, with Arenas prevailing by just four after crossing the line in 12th to seal the deal.

Fernandez grabbed the holeshot from pole ahead of SIC58's Tatsuki Suzuki, as championship rivals Ogura and Arenas followed.

Arenas powered past Ogura into Turn 1 at the start of lap three, while Arbolino had worked his way up to 13th on his Snipers Honda having come from 27th on the grid.

Fernandez played no part in the battle behind as his lead continued to extend, with the Ajo KTM rider opening up his lead to well over nine seconds and would never be bested through to the chequered flag to claim his second win of the season.

The podium group behind Fernandez swelled as the race wore on, with Arenas and Ogura slipping from the top three down the order.

Moto3: Arenas takes title in dramatic finale, Fernandez wins
Moto3: Arenas takes title in dramatic finale, Fernandez wins

Arbolino's charge would take him to seventh by lap 17 after a hard dice with Arenas at Turns 10 through to 12, with the Snipers rider taking the position on the run to Turn 1 on the following tour using the power of his Honda.

Ogura and Arenas engaged on lap 18 over eighth spot, with the Honda Team Asia rider moving up the inside of Arenas at Turn 5 and forcing him off track at Turn 8 with a hard retaliation after the Aspar man tried to take the position back.

Dropping to 10th, Arenas rallied over the news few laps to get back into seventh behind Arbolino, while Ogura dropped to ninth.

With Ogura and Arbolino too far away from the podium battle, Arenas simply needed to stay upright on the final lap to win the title.

But he came close to contact with VR46's Celestino Vietti on at Turn 3 and had a rear-end moment exiting Turn 4 after running wide.

Despite the chaos, Arenas survived to cross the line in 12th behind SIC58's Niccolo Antonelli to be crowned Moto3 world champion before stepping up to Moto2 next year.

Moto3: Arenas takes title in dramatic finale, Fernandez wins
Moto3: Arenas takes title in dramatic finale, Fernandez wins

Leopard's Dennis Foggia took second in the race despite serving two long lap penalties, the Italian fending off Gresini's Jeremy Alcoba - taking his maiden podium to cap off 2020 as rookie of the year - by 0.056 seconds.

Sergio Garcia was just under six tenths off the podium on his EG 0,0 Honda ahead of Arbolino, who could do nothing more than fifth having come from 27th to end up second in the standings equal on points with eighth-placed Ai Ogura.

Between Arbolino and Ogura on track came Darryn Binder (CIP) and Vietti, while John McPhee on the Petronas Sprinta Honda and Tech3's Deniz Oncu rounded out the top 10.

There was a late crash for the sister Leopard Honda for Jaume Masia, who had also worked his way into podium contention having served two long laps.

Suzuki and Max Racing's Alonso Lopez also tumbled out of the race.

Portugal Moto3 Results - 21 Laps

Pos

Rider

Team

Gap

1

Raul Fernandez

Red Bull KTM Ajo

38m06.272s

2

Dennis Foggia

Leopard Racing

5.810s

3

Jeremy Alcoba

Kommerling Gresini Moto3

5.866s

4

Sergio Garcia

Estrella Galicia 0,0

6.447s

5

Tony Arbolino

Rivacold Snipers Team

12.998s

6

Darryn Binder

CIP - Green Power

13.065s

7

Celestino Vietti

SKY Racing Team VR46

13.907s

8

Ai Ogura

Honda Team Asia

13.929s

9

John McPhee

Petronas Sprinta Racing

13.945s

10

Deniz Oncu

Red Bull KTM Tech 3

14.438s

11

Niccolo Antonelli

SIC58 Squadra Corse

14.487s

12

Albert Arenas

Gaviota Aspar Team Moto3

14.708s

13

Ayumu Sasaki

Red Bull KTM Tech 3

19.285s

14

Carlos Tatay

Reale Avintia Moto3

23.195s

15

Kaito Toba

Red Bull KTM Ajo

24.233s

16

Barry Baltus

CarXpert PruestelGP

24.260s

17

Ryusei Yamanaka

Estrella Galicia 0,0

24.321s

18

Adrian Fernandez

Rivacold Snipers Team

24.425s

19

Stefano Nepa

Gaviota Aspar Team Moto3

24.625s

20

Romano Fenati

Sterilgarda Max Racing Team

24.672s

21

Andrea Migno

SKY Racing Team VR46

27.637s

22

Yuki Kunii

Honda Team Asia

34.490s

23

Jason Dupasquier

CarXpert PruestelGP

34.884s

24

Riccardo Rossi

BOE Skull Rider Facile Energy

35.003s

25

Maximilian Kofler

CIP - Green Power

35.092s

26

Davide Pizzoli

BOE Skull Rider Facile Energy

35.216s

27

Gabriel Rodrigo

Kommerling Gresini Moto3

40.329s

28

Khairul Idham Pawi

Petronas Sprinta Racing

46.973s

-

Tatsuki Suzuki

SIC58 Squadra Corse

Retirement

-

Jaume Masia

Leopard Racing

Retirement

-

Alonso Lopez

Sterilgarda Max Racing Team

Retirement

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