Albert Arenas claimed his first win since Phillip Island, pipping Lorenzo Dalla Porta, after the Moto3 World Championship battle was blown wide open with Darryn Binder taking out Aron Canet out in Buriram.
In the early stages of the race, both Dalla Porta and Canet found themselves up the sharp end of the field challenging at the front alongside Arenas, Marcos Ramirez and Tony Arbolino. However, this didn’t last when the World Championship was blown wide open with one late lunge from Binder.
The South African had worked his way forwards from a bad qualifying position, but just as he was getting to the lead group, an ill-advised lunge into the final corner saw him tag Canet, leaving the Spaniard lose control of his KTM, crashing out and collecting John McPhee and Tatsuki Suzuki along the way.
Despite best efforts to re-join and collect any World Championship points, Canet’s race was over and it was now a case of what Dalla Porta and maybe Arbolino could do to shape the World Championship with four races left.
Dalla Porta’s day got better when Arbolino seemed to suffer an issue with his arm or glove, inexplicably sitting up and adjusting his glove, seeing him drop down to twentieth place. Arbolino continued to battle, eventually picking up just six World Championship points, coming home in tenth place.
As the race came to its conclusion, it shaped up as a final lap battle between Arenas, Dalla Porta and Alonso Lopez, with the Leopard man leading over the line. Lopez took the lead halfway around the lap, but ran wide doing so, allowing Dalla Porta to retake the lead. It was then Arenas’ turn to make a move for the lead, with the Spaniard taking the lead and holding it until the final corner when Dalla Porta dove up the inside.
Unfortunately for the Italian the speed he took into the final corner pushed him wide, allowing Arenas to square off the corner and drag to his third career Moto3 victory from Dalla Porta and Lopez, finally claiming his first podium. Dalla Porta’s win combined with Canet’s DNF means the Italian will leave Thailand with a lead of 22 points in the World Championship.
Marcos Ramirez finished in fourth position, with the Sky Racing VR46 duo Dennis Foggia and Celestino Vietti in fifth and sixth respectively. Kaito Toba was seventh with Stefano Nepa, Raul Fernandez and Arbolino rounding out the top ten.