Valencia Moto3: Arbolino win sets up three-rider title battle

Lewis Duncan
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Despite missing the first Aragon round due to a COVID-19-enforced quarantine, Arbolino is just 11 points adrift of Arenas now after claiming his first win of the season, while Honda Team Asia’s Ai Ogura was eighth. 

KTM Ajo’s Kaito Toba grabbed the holeshot from second on the grid, though teammate Fernandez found his way into the lead at Turn 8 and immediately pulled the pin.

Just as he did on his way to victory last weekend, Fernandez immediately opened up a gap of a second, with his lead standing at 1.5s by the fourth tour. 

Consistent pace would allow Fernandez’s lead to open up to two seconds at one stage, with it generally hovering around 1.6s to 1.8s.

However, the second-placed battle headed by Arbolino and EG 0,0 Honda’s Sergio Garcia started to reel Fernandez in come lap 16, with the KTM rider’s advantage down to a second. 

Arbolino and Garcia gapped the group behind of championship leader Arenas, Deniz Oncu on the Tech3 KTM and CIP poleman Darryn Binder and had wiped out Fernadez’s lead by lap 18. 

Fernandez continued to hold his lead, while last year’s Valencia GP winner Garcia found a way through into second on Arbolino for second. 

Arbolino carved up the inside of Garcia at the final corner with four tours to go to reclaim second, while behind Arenas was holding firm in an important fourth.

The Snipers rider used the power of his Honda to blast past Fernandez into the first corner with two laps to go.

Fernandez and Garcia engaged over second place across the final lap, giving Arbolino a buffer of 1.1s to get to the chequered flag in front. 

Garcia got the better of Fernandez for his second podium of the season, while Arenas fended off Binder in fourth on the final lap to open his championship lead over Ogura to seven. 

Oncu completed the top six ahead of VR46’s Andrea Migno, while Ogura beat Leopard’s Jaume Masia by 0.012s for eighth.

Jeremy Alcoba completed the top 10 on the sole Gresini Honda at the chequered flag, after teammate Gabriel Rodrigo crashed out with Max Racing’s Alonso Lopez on lap nine.

Masia’s ninth ended his title hopes for 2020, while an early fall for VR46’s Celestino Vietti also ruled him out of title contention. 

Arenas, Ogura and Arbolino will battle for the championship next weekend at the Portugal finale covered by just 11 points.   

Race results:

1

14

Italy
Italy

Tony Arbolino

Honda

2

11

Spain
Spain

Sergio García

Honda

1.142

3

25

Spain
Spain

Raúl Fernández

KTM

1.297

4

75

Spain
Spain

Albert Arenas

KTM

2.825

5

40

South Africa
South Africa

Darryn Binder

KTM

2.999

6

53

Turkey
Turkey

Deniz Öncü

KTM

3.208

7

16

Italy
Italy

Andrea Migno

KTM

9.836

8

79

Japan
Japan

Ai Ogura

Honda

9.852

9

5

Spain
Spain

Jaume Masia

Honda

9.864

10

52

Spain
Spain

Jeremy Alcoba

Honda

12.802

11

17

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

John McPhee

Honda

12.879

12

55

Italy
Italy

Romano Fenati

Husqvarna

14.513

13

23

Italy
Italy

Niccolo Antonelli

Honda

15.619

14

82

Italy
Italy

Stefano Nepa

KTM

15.340

15

6

Japan
Japan

Ryusei Yamanaka

Honda

24.297

16

7

Italy
Italy

Dennis Foggia

Honda

24.320

17

70

Belgium
Belgium

Barry Baltus

KTM

24.666

18

92

Japan
Japan

Yuki Kunii

Honda

24.690

19

71

Japan
Japan

Ayumu Sasaki

KTM

27.484

20

9

Italy
Italy

Davide Pizzoli

KTM

27.754

21

99

Spain
Spain

Carlos Tatay

KTM

28.093

22

50

Switzerland
Switzerland

Jason Dupasquier

KTM

28.138

23

54

Italy
Italy

Riccardo Rossi

KTM

30.718

24

13

Italy
Italy

Celestino Vietti Ramus

KTM

48.093

25

89

Malaysia
Malaysia

Khairul Idham Pawi

Honda

26

2

Argentina
Argentina

Gabriel Rodrigo

Honda

27

21

Spain
Spain

Alonso López

Husqvarna

28

27

Japan
Japan

Kaito Toba

KTM

29

24

Japan
Japan

Tatsuki Suzuki

Honda

30

73

Austria
Austria

Maximilian Kofler

KTM

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