2017 Qatar Moto3 Race Result: Masterful Display Kicks Off New Season

Joan Mir has taken an impressive victory at the first race of the season at Qatar, putting in an astounding last lap to hold off a charging group.

The weather played ball for the Moto3 class, near perfect conditions allowing a classic Moto3 race to unfold. The Losail circuit's kilometer-long front straight prevented anyone from getting away easily, meaning that a large group of fourteen riders broke away from the start. Joan Mir was a constant feature at the front, but came under constant pressure from the leaders of the group. John McPhee, Andrea Migno, Romano Fenati, Philipp Oettl, Juanfran Guevara, and Jorge Martin swapped the lead constantly down the front straight, the slipstream offering the best choice of overtaking.

The group was slowly whittled down to seven riders, with a stronger group of four emerging in the latter stages of the race. Mir, Fenati, McPhee and Martin were strongest, though they could never quite break free of Canet, Migno, Antonelli or Di Giannantonio.

The race would be decided on the final lap, as so many Moto3 races have in Qatar. Mir played his hand superbly, understanding that he was strong enough to lead from the last corner to the line if he had a couple of tenths going into the last corner. The Leopard Racing rider pushed hard around the back of the circuit, where he knew he was stronger, and just opened a slim piece of clear space. Going into the last corner, he had just enough room to take a commanding victory.

John McPhee took second, after an impressive first outing with the brand new British Talent Team. Jorge Martin got the run out of the last corner, the Gresini man just sneaking past Romano Fenati to take third, and bringing Aron Canet with him. That gave Honda a clean sweep of the top five at Qatar, with Andrea Migno the first KTM home in sixth.


Pos No Rider Bike Time/diff
1 36 Joan Mir Honda 38'27.364
2 17 John Mcphee Honda 0.135
3 88 Jorge Martin Honda 0.218
4 44 Aron Canet Honda 0.252
5 5 Romano Fenati Honda 0.453
6 16 Andrea Migno KTM 0.579
7 23 Niccolò Antonelli KTM 0.661
8 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Honda 0.878
9 42 Marcos Ramirez KTM 1.693
10 7 Adam Norrodin Honda 7.904
11 71 Ayumu Sasaki Honda 12.221
12 11 Livio Loi Honda 16.748
13 40 Darryn Binder KTM 16.786
14 8 Nicolo Bulega KTM 16.821
15 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 16.832
16 33 Enea Bastianini Honda 16.943
17 95 Jules Danilo Honda 27.583
18 41 Nakarin Atiratphuvapat Honda 27.638
19 27 Kaito Toba Honda 27.641
20 84 Jakub Kornfeil Peugeot 28.034
21 6 Maria Herrera KTM 28.150
22 96 Manuel Pagliani Mahindra 28.379
23 48 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Mahindra 28.388
24 14 Tony Arbolino Honda 29.520
25 12 Marco Bezzecchi Mahindra 54.344
26 64 Bo Bendsneyder KTM +1'09.769
Not Classified
  4 Patrik Pulkkinen Peugeot 4 Laps
  58 Juanfran Guevara KTM 6 Laps
  65 Philipp Oettl KTM 6 Laps
  75 Albert Arenas Mahindra 14 Laps


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What a great way to start the season! Enjoyed this from beginning to end. So many stunning rides today, not just the podium men/boys did great.

Utterly deserved win for Mir though, really impressive performance. He was my candidate for the title before the start of the season and while that might have been partly based on wishful thinking, the way he took victory today absolutely cemented that view. He rode to victory like a veteran, the race and especially the last lap was completely calculated and he knew exactly what he was doing and where he had the advantage. He said at the end of last year that after the summer break he was a different rider than at the start of the season and now it truly shows. What cost him the CEV title seems to be gone from his riding, he is able to bide his time and stay calm without losing any speed. A real threat this season.

Agreed on all the above, Joan Mir has turned around from his CEV days when he had a few too many crashes but is the real deal now.

Delighted for John McPhee too, that was his best race ever and even more remarkable after his last race ended with him being run over and taking an unscheduled month's break in Australia...