MIR TIGHTENS HIS GRIP ON THE MOTO3 TITLE FIGHT
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