Gearbox glitches see Jorge Martin finish 14th at Mugello
An exciting Moto3 race was expected at Mugello, and the lower cylinder category did not disappoint. A tight contest, the points-scoring positions were separated by just 2 seconds –and the Top Five was split by just 0.077s.
The winner was decided on the final corner, as Brad Binder held off riders attempting a slipstream to claim the third victory of his career. He leads the World Championship by 49 points over Jorge Navarro, who failed to finish at Mugello .
The podium was completed by Italians Fabio di Giannantonio, second, and Aspar Mahindra’s Pecco Bagnaia –who made a spectacular push from ninth position with three laps remaining.
Jorge Martin fought his way up from fourteenth on the grid to fourth place a few laps from the end, but a series of glitches with his gearbox forced him back into the fight with the group. He would eventually take the chequered flag in fourteenth.
14th Jorge Martín:
“It was a very fun race, and overall it has been a very positive Grand Prix. We were in the Top Ten at all times, except in the race. I came into the race with high expectations, thinking I could do well. I started calmly, sitting in eighteenth at first, but from there I slowly I managed to climb to fourth. The only downer is that we had a couple of hiccups with the gear changes on the key laps, but from now I am only going to be thinking about the race at Montmelo -where we can do very well.”