Raul Fernandez now leads the Moto3 JWC Championship after his fourth place in race one and race win in the second. Sergio Garcia took the race victory in the first race but crashed out in dramatic fashion in race two leading to a red flag. Manuel Pagliani, who led after the first round in Portugal, struggled in the first race (13th) before coming home second in race two. Britain’s Charlie Nesbitt hits the top ten in race two from 30th on the grid.
Moto3 JWC Valencia April 2018 Race One
Junior Team Estrella Galicia rider Sergio Garcia took victory in the first Moto3 race on Sunday in Valencia. After 18 laps he crossed the line 4.531 seconds ahead of second placed Aleix Viu of Marinelli Sniper. Garcia’s teammate Jeremy Alcoba completed the podium just one thousandth of a second behind Viu. Raul Fernandez and Yuki Kunii missed out on the podium in a tight finish. They crossed the line 0.047 seconds behind Alcoba and 0.11 seconds behind respectively. Britain’s Charlie Nesbitt made his way through the field to claim two championship points. The Swindon youngster had qualified down in 30th place but successful fought his way to fourteenth. Tom Booth-Amos was unable to start the race having injured his right-hand in Estoril. The injury was made worse when he fell twice before the race and withdrew. Championship leader, coming into the weekend, Manuel Pagliani only finished 13th in race one. Can Öncü faded from second on the grid to come home tenth.
Moto3 JWC Valencia April 2018 Race One Result
Moto3 JWC Valencia April 2018 Race Two
Sergio Garcia was unable to repeat his win in race one after a fall between turns 12 and 13 on lap one saw him crash out. Unfortunately, he was surrounded by riders and Yari Montella was unable to avoid the stricken rider and the race was quickly red flagged.
The re-started race was reduced to 12 laps with riders starting in their original grid positions. Garcia didn’t make the start, Can Öncü had to start from the back of the grid after suffering a technical problem. With the quick re-start procedures Yari Montella’s team hadn’t got his bike ready within time so he started long after the race had got underway.
At the end of the first lap Viu, Vietti, Pagliani, Chantra and Ogura. By the sixth lap the front three had broken away from the chasing pack. However, the race took a dramatic turn when both Celestino Vietti and Aleix Viu ran over the kerbs and both fell within a few feet of each other leaving Raul Fenrnadez at the front of the race with a lead of over four seconds.
Behind, there were around nine or ten riders now battling for second place with three Asia Talent Cup riders involved. Jeremy Alcoba was also in the group battling for second but seemed to suffer a mechanical problem. He had appeared to be running wide throughout the race but in the closing stages something gave and he dropped a long way back down the field.
Fernandez went on to take his first win in around two years. Second across the line was Manuel Pagliani with Ai Ogura taking the last podium place. Ogura led a trio of Asia Talent Team riders over the line.
Britain’s Charlie Nesbitt had started down in 30th position. He put in an amazing amount of work to come through and take a top ten finish. He was the first Estrella Galicia Team rider home.
As the riders make their way from the Ricardo Tormo circuit near Cheste, Valencia Raúl Fernández now leads the championship with 58 points. He is ten ahead of Manuel Pagliani with Japanese rider Yuki Kunii third on 37 points.
Moto3 JWC Valencia April 2018 Race Two Result