Teruel Moto3: Masia takes Honda's 800th win in Aragon thriller

Lewis Duncan
·4-min read
Moto3: Masia takes Honda's 800th win in Aragon thriller
Moto3: Masia takes Honda's 800th win in Aragon thriller

Leopard's Jaume Masia won a thrilling Teruel Grand Prix to claim back-to-back Moto3 Aragon wins as Albert Arenas extends his championship lead despite missing the podium.

Masia's first win since Argentina 2019 last weekend made him Honda's 100th winner in grand prix racing, with his second Aragon triumph - coming after a penultimate corner pass - giving HRC its 800th victory across all grand prix classes.

Tony Arbolino on his return from a COVID-19-related absence last weekend grabbed the holeshot from second on the grid, though poleman Raul Fernandez immediately retaliated at the first corner.

Arbolino got shoved back by the VR46 KTM of Celestino Vietti and championship leader Arenas through the next few turns, before the latter hit the front for the first time at the penultimate corner.

The lead group in the early laps was over 20 bikes, with the battle at the front frantic as the likes of Vietti, Fernandez and his Ajo KTM team-mate Kaito Toba took turns leading the field.

Arenas scythed past Toba at Turn 1 on lap 10 to retake the lead, and resisted several attempts by Masia over the new few tours.

The speed of Arenas' Aspar-run KTM proved tough for Masia to overhaul on his Leopard Honda on the straight, while the former's strength in braking made him almost impossible to overtake.

But Masia finally made a move stick into Turn 1 having nailed his run from the final corner on lap 17, though Arenas would be back ahead six turns later.

Masia got ahead of Arenas into Turn 1 at the start of the final lap, but once again Arenas struck back at Turn 7 and looked like he'd hold onto his lead as he got a brilliant exit onto the back straight.

Moto3: Masia takes Honda's 800th win in Aragon thriller
Moto3: Masia takes Honda's 800th win in Aragon thriller

But the Leopard rider blasted through into the penultimate corner, opening the door for Tech3's Ayumu Sasaki and Toba to come through on Arenas too.

Masia held on by 0.051 seconds on the run to the line to get himself back into championship contention, with Sasaki claiming his and Tech3's maiden Moto3 podium.
Toba hasn't had a top six since last year's French GP, with his best result a ninth place in 2020.

But the KTM rider made it two Japanese riders on the podium in third, with Arenas fourth after being mugged through the final bends.

Vietti completed the top five ahead of Petronas Sprinta's John McPhee, who came from 17th on the grid, with this sister Tech3 KTM of Deniz Oncu, CIPs Darryn Binder, Honda Team Asia's Ai Ogura and the Snipers Honda of Arbolino completing the top 10.

Despite missing the podium, Ogura's ninth means Arenas' championship lead has opened up to 19 over the Japanese rider with just three races to go.

Vietti is a further point adrift in third, while Masia is now 24 points behind in fourth.

Despite the raging dogfight throughout the race, only two riders failed to finish when Tatsuki Suzuki crashed exiting Turn 9 on the last lap in front of EG 0,0 Honda's Sergio Garcia and left him with no choice but to hit the stricken SIC58 bike.

Teruel Moto3 result - 19 laps

Pos

Rider

Team

Bike

Gap

1

Jaume Masia

Leopard Racing

Honda

37m44.602s

2

Ayumu Sasaki

Red Bull KTM Tech 3

KTM

0.051s

3

Kaito Toba

Red Bull KTM Ajo

KTM

0.152s

4

Albert Arenas

Solunion Aspar Team Moto3

KTM

0.296s

5

Celestino Vietti

SKY Racing Team VR46

KTM

0.331s

6

John McPhee

Petronas Sprinta Racing

Honda

0.372s

7

Deniz Oncu

Red Bull KTM Tech 3

KTM

0.583s

8

Darryn Binder

CIP - Green Power

KTM

0.772s

9

Ai Ogura

Honda Team Asia

Honda

0.955s

10

Tony Arbolino

Rivacold Snipers Team

Honda

2.259s

11

Alonso Lopez

Sterilgarda Max Racing Team

Husqvarna

2.489s

12

Raul Fernandez

Red Bull KTM Ajo

KTM

2.493s

13

Filip Salac

Rivacold Snipers Team

Honda

2.520s

14

Gabriel Rodrigo

Kommerling Gresini Moto3

Honda

2.686s

15

Jeremy Alcoba

Kommerling Gresini Moto3

Honda

2.745s

16

Dennis Foggia

Leopard Racing

Honda

2.895s

17

Carlos Tatay

Reale Avintia Moto3

KTM

3.019s

18

Andrea Migno

SKY Racing Team VR46

KTM

3.622s

19

Romano Fenati

Sterilgarda Max Racing Team

Husqvarna

5.448s

20

Stefano Nepa

Solunion Aspar Team Moto3

KTM

5.620s

21

Barry Baltus

CarXpert PruestelGP

KTM

5.680s

22

Niccolo Antonelli

SIC58 Squadra Corse

Honda

6.103s

23

Ryusei Yamanaka

Estrella Galicia 0,0

Honda

16.543s

24

Jason Dupasquier

CarXpert PruestelGP

KTM

21.606s

25

Yuki Kunii

Honda Team Asia

Honda

21.716s

26

Davide Pizzoli

BOE Skull Rider Facile Energy

KTM

21.812s

27

Khairul Idham Pawi

Petronas Sprinta Racing

Honda

32.799s

28

Maximilian Kofler

CIP - Green Power

KTM

33.600s

-

Tatsuki Suzuki

SIC58 Squadra Corse

Honda

Retirement

-

Sergio Garcia

Estrella Galicia 0,0

Honda

Retirement

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