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

Lewis Duncan
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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 with the likes of Vietti, Fernandez and his Ajo KTM teammate Kaito Toba taking 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.

But the Leopard rider blasted through into the penultimate corner, opening the door for Tech 3’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 Tech 3’s maiden Moto3 podium.

Toba hasn’t had a top six since last year’s French GP, with his best result a ninth 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 his sister Tech 3 KTM of Deniz Oncu, CIP's 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.

Race results:

1

5

Spain
Spain

Jaume Masia

Honda

2

71

Japan
Japan

Ayumu Sasaki

KTM

0.051

3

27

Japan
Japan

Kaito Toba

KTM

0.152

4

75

Spain
Spain

Albert Arenas

KTM

0.296

5

13

Italy
Italy

Celestino Vietti Ramus

KTM

0.331

6

17

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

John McPhee

Honda

0.372

7

53

Turkey
Turkey

Deniz Öncü

KTM

0.583

8

40

South Africa
South Africa

Darryn Binder

KTM

0.772

9

79

Japan
Japan

Ai Ogura

Honda

0.955

10

14

Italy
Italy

Tony Arbolino

Honda

2.259

11

21

Spain
Spain

Alonso López

Husqvarna

2.489

12

25

Spain
Spain

Raúl Fernández

KTM

2.493

13

12

Czech Republic
Czech Republic

Filip Salač

Honda

2.520

14

2

Argentina
Argentina

Gabriel Rodrigo

Honda

2.686

15

52

Spain
Spain

Jeremy Alcoba

Honda

2.745

16

7

Italy
Italy

Dennis Foggia

Honda

2.895

17

99

Spain
Spain

Carlos Tatay

KTM

3.019

18

16

Italy
Italy

Andrea Migno

KTM

3.622

19

55

Italy
Italy

Romano Fenati

Husqvarna

5.448

20

82

Italy
Italy

Stefano Nepa

KTM

5.620

21

70

Belgium
Belgium

Barry Baltus

KTM

5.680

22

23

Italy
Italy

Niccolo Antonelli

Honda

6.103

23

6

Japan
Japan

Ryusei Yamanaka

Honda

16.543

24

50

Switzerland
Switzerland

Jason Dupasquier

KTM

21.606

25

92

Japan
Japan

Yuki Kunii

Honda

21.716

26

9

Italy
Italy

Davide Pizzoli

KTM

21.812

27

89

Malaysia
Malaysia

Khairul Idham Pawi

Honda

32.799

28

73

Austria
Austria

Maximilian Kofler

KTM

33.600

24

Japan
Japan

Tatsuki Suzuki

Honda

11

Spain
Spain

Sergio García

Honda

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