Leopard Honda’s Marcos Ramirez claimed his second career Moto3 victory after a stunning ride saw the Spaniard beat out Championship challengers Tony Arbolino and Lorenzo Dalla Porta at Silverstone.
Starting from the back of the third row in ninth position, Ramirez found himself firmly in the mix of a lead group of thirteen through the opening laps. It was Ramriez’ Leopard team-mate Lorenzo Dalla Porta who led the majority of the race, including leading onto the final lap.
With Ramirez behind him, and a World Championship on the line, Dalla Porta was pushing to capitalise, however, a mistake into Vale allowed not only Ramirez, but also Arbolino through past the Italian.
Despite Dalla Porta’s best efforts, he couldn’t get past in the final half a lap of the race. With Arbolino and Dalla Porta battling for second place, Ramirez managed to put a few bike lengths out front, allowing him to comfortably hold on for his second win of 2019.
Finishing in third place, Dalla Porta extended his lead atop the World Championship after Aron Canet was helplessly taken out by Albert Arenas in the opening stages of the race. Coming into the village corner on just the third lap, Arenas slid under the Spaniard, however, he lost the front end of his machine, leaving Canet totally helpless. Canet picked his KTM up and continuing in the race, salvaging thirteenth and three World Championship points.
Nico Antonelli was fourth on his SIC58 Honda, holding off his team-mate Tatsuki Suzuki, who finished fifth. Ayumu Sasaki beat out his Petronas Sprtinta team-mate John McPhee to sixth place, with the Scot one spot further back in seventh. Dennis Foggia, Celestino Vietti and Ai Ogura rounded out the top ten.
With Canet’s crash and Dalla Porta’s podium, the Italian’s lead at the top of the World Championship now sits at 14 points.