Moto3 racing started in chaotic fashion as the rain started to fall from the opening lap of 22, with drama hitting the final corner.
Championship leader Sergio Garcia crashed alongside Aspar teammate Izan Guevara, Snipers Honda rider Andrea Migno and Max Racing Husqvarna’s Ayumu Sasaki.
Then climbed to Turn 3 at the start of the second lap Daniel Holgado of Ajo KTM crashed, with more riders falling on the lap while MT Helmets Honda rookie Diogo Moreira-who caught the holeshot-exchanged of leading Tatsuki Suzuki of Leopard.
Due to the rain, the race was red-flagged and restarted in 14 laps. However, by the time the race resumed the rain had disappeared and sunshine had hit the track.
After an intense 14-lap battle in dry conditions, Ajo KTM’s Jaume Masia prevailed to pick up his second win of the season after taking a bold step to regain the lead he held for most of the race from to Sasaki on the last lap.
Masia took the checkered flag 0.150s away from Sasaki, with Guevara third after his Aspar team repaired his damaged GasGas during the red flag break.
Poleman Dennis Foggia is fourth on his Leopard Honda from teammate Suzuki, Prustel GP’s Carlos Tatay, championship leader Garcia, MT Helmets rider Ryusei Yamanaka, Tech 3 KTM’s Deniz Oncu and Migno.
Garcia is now 17 points ahead of the championship, with Masia jumping to second place in points with Foggia in third.
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Augusto Fernandez, Red Bull KTM Ajo
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In Moto2, poleman Pedro Acosta rushed with Ajo KTM teammate Augusto Fernandez to take the lead in the first nine laps of the 25-lap tournament.
The pair’s speed allowed them to break away from the pack at the back, where Acosta was looking for a break on lap 10 when he pulled eight tenths from Fernandez.
But the reigning Moto3 world champion was knocked out by La Chapelle right-hander on Turn 6.
This gave Fernandez the top lead that he will not give up to claim his fourth career victory and his first since 2019.
Aron Canet was comfortably second to Pons Kalex after battling Amercian Racing rider Cameron Beuabier, who lost third late in Honda Team Asia’s Somkiat Chantra.
Ai Ogura was fifth in brother Honda Team Asia bike ahead of Marcel Schrotter of Intact GP, Joe Roberts of Italtrans Kalex and championship leader Celestino Vietti, who recovered from early in the eighth.
The top 10 was completed by Jorge Navarro on brother Pons bike and Stefano Manzi of the Yamaha VR46 Master Camp.
VR46’s Vietti continued to lead the standings by 16 points from Ogura, with Canet still drifting three in the third.
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