MIR TIGHT­ENS HIS GRIP ON THE MOTO3 TI­TLE FIGHT

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Joan Mir and his Leop­ard Rac­ing Honda team will go into the sum­mer break with an in­cred­i­ble 37 points in hand in the Moto3 ti­tle race, af­ter set­ting up a clin­i­cal last lap pass to take vic­tory over Ro­mano Fe­nati in the Ger­man Grand Prix as many of their main ri­vals in the cham­pi­onship strug­gled for re­sults.

In an un­usual Moto3 race the pair were able to make an early break, ini­tially with Mar­cos Ramirez in the tow, be­fore Mir and Fe­nati pulled away.

Mir said: “The vic­tory means a great deal! I wanted to leave Assen’s mis­takes be­hind and prove I could win - and I wanted to win here. It was a long and dif­fi­cult race, but in the end our strat­egy worked per­fectly. I would never have imag­ined get­ting to the break with this mar­gin of an ad­van­tage, but there are still many races left.”

How­ever, it was a dis­as­ter for the other ti­tle con­tenders, with Fabio Di Giannantonio a dis­tant 11th, An­drea Migno out of the points in 16th, and last week’s win­ner Aron Canet in the gravel. Even worse, Jorge Martin’s week­end ended be­fore it even started when a bro­ken leg in prac­tice ruled him out.

Mean­while Franco Mor­bidelli’s con­trol over Moto2 has ex­tended even fur­ther af­ter yet an­other dom­i­nant vic­tory at the Sach­sen­ring, tak­ing his sixth win from nine races to go into the break with a 34-point lead.

The Ital­ian-brazil­ian looked com­pletely un-phased by pres­sure from his op­po­nents dur­ing Sun­day’s race as he first held off the ad­vances of Thomas Luthi and team-mate Alex Mar­quez only to see the pair both fall from con­tention.

And even a late charge from Miguel Oliv­era in the clos­ing stages of the race as the Por­tuguese rider hunted down his first win for KTM’S new mid­dleweight project wasn’t enough to de­ter the Marc VDS Kalex rider, who sim­ply upped his pace in re­sponse, even­tu­ally deny­ing his ri­val the vic­tory by a mere 0.066.

‘It was a long and dif­fi­cult race, but in the end our strat­egy worked’ JOAN MIR

Mir is the man in con­trol of Moto3 but can he keep that go­ing af­ter the break?

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