The Spanish Albert Arenas (KTM) took the Moto3 world title, despite his twelfth place in the Portuguese Grand Prix, this Sunday in Portimao, in a race won by his compatriot Raúl Fernández (KTM).
The race was marked by an incredible comeback from Italian Tony Arbolino (Honda), who started 27th on the starting grid and finished fifth, allowing him to finish second in the World Championship, just four points behind Arenas.
For Raúl Fernández it is the second victory of his career and of the season. The Spaniard finished with an advantage of nearly six seconds over Italian Dennis Foggia and fellow Spaniard Jeremy Alcoba, both with Honda.
After this victory, Fernández, who started in pole position and dominated the race from start to finish, finished fourth in the World Championship standings.
The Japanese Ai Ogura, who also had a chance to win the Moto3 world title, finished the race in eighth position, being third in the World Championship, also four points behind Arenas.
“At the moment, I need a little time to realize what I achieved. The race was going well at the beginning, but then my rear tire was degraded. We had a nice battle with Tony (Arbolino),” said 23-year-old Arenas. who won three races this season.
Arbolino was eleven points behind Arenas before the Portugal race and was working his way up to his Spanish rival for the title.
– Fight between Arenas and Arbolino –
With six laps remaining, they were passing each other and even their bikes touched.
In the end, the Italian finished fifth, which served to remove the runner-up to Ogura, who was second before the race.
The Japanese was eight points behind Arenas before the Portugal race.
Ogura needed to win and for the Spaniard not to finish in the top three. In the end one was eighth and the other twelfth, the worst position of the Spaniard this season in races that he could finish.
The final triumph of Arenas allows Spain to have a second world champion this season, after the Majorcan Joan Mir was crowned a week ago in MotoGP.
Arenas had won the first two grand prix of the year, Qatar and Spain, to later prevail in the fifth round, in Austria, without repeating victory in the remaining ten.
Nobody won as many races as the Catalan this season, achieving one more than the Spanish Raúl Fernández and Jaume Masiá and the Italian Celestino Vietti.
After starting in 2014 in Moto3, Arenas had a ninth place in the 2018 World Championship as the best result.
In constructors, Honda took the title, ahead of KTM.
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