Lorenzo Dalla Porta claimed his first ever Moto3 win at his 48th race start in front of his home crowd in Misano, as Jorge Martin reclaimed the Moto3 World Championship lead as Marco Bezzecchi crashed out of the lead of the race.
Cutting through the field on the opening stages of the race, Dalla Porta had the pace from the off and after a huge crash on the third lap involving Enea Bastianini, Nico Bulega, Jaume Masia, Aron Canet and Ayumu Sasaki saw the race quickly break into a front group of five riders.
The front five included Dalla Porta and he was joined by the championship-challenging duo of Martin and Bezeechi as well as Gabi Rodrigo and Fabio Di Giannantonio.
The race saw the front five battling for the entire race, but the pace of Bezzecchi’s KTM saw him leading over the line more often or not, however with the race about to start the final lap the title World Championship was blown wide open.
Leading and preparing to start the final lap, Bezzecchi lots the rear end of his KTM and was thrown off into the grass. Martin clipped Bezzecchi as he was on his way down and was lucky to not be collected with the accident.
Now anybody’s race to win, Dalla Porta led the final lap before Di Giannantonio attempted a block pass in the final corner. Expecting it Dalla Porta squared it off and the drag to the line ensued with Martin also eager to get in on the action.
Fortunately for Dalla Porta his Leopard fired him over the line first, just ahead of Jorge Martin, who seemed to sit up before the line, by just 0.058 seconds. Di Giannantontio had to settle for third.
Martin’s second place, coupled with Bezzecchi’s crash means the Spaniard will now leave Misano with an eight point lead with just six races remaining in the season.
Gabi Rodrigo stayed with the front runners all race, but never managed to get involved in the fight for the win and had to settle for fourth, albeit just 0.822 seconds of the race win.
Jakub Kornfiel was the ‘best of the rest’ in fifth position, holding off Albert Arenas with Dennis Foggia, Darryn Binder, Andrea Migno and Nico Antonelli rounding out the top ten. Tony Arbolino was eleventh on his Honda just beating Adam Norrodin over the line with Kaito Toba, Vincente Perez and Kazuki Masaki rounding out the point scorers.