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Moto3 Qatar: Mir Wins Moto3. Honda Starts 2017 With Five Top Places.


Joan Mir won a titanic last corner battle with five other Hondas to win the first Moto3 race of the season at the Losail circuit, in Qatar.

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Spain’s Joan Mir

 Brit, John McPhee was leading but had to settle for second in the final melee.

Ex-Red Bull rookie and pole-sitter Jorge Martin pushed hard to get into the final group and make a great start to the season in third spot.

But the first Moto3 round in Qatar was a disaster for KTM. The best result was a sixth place for Andrea Migno’s VR46 KTM machine, with Niccolo Antonelli next in seventh for Red Bull KTM Ajo.

Pre-season injuries took their toll on Fabio Di Giannantonio who battled hard and did well to take eighth.

Moto3 Round One Results

Losail Circuit, Doha, Qatar.

1. Joan Mir SPA (Honda) 38m 27.364s
2. John Mcphee (Honda) 38m 27.499s
3. Jorge Martin SPA (Honda) 38m 27.582s
4. Aron Canet SPA (Honda) 38m 27.616s
5. Romano Fenati ITA (Honda) 38m 27.817s
6. Andrea Migno ITA (KTM) 38m 27.943s
7. Niccolò Antonelli ITA (KTM) 38m 28.025s
8. Fabio Di Giannantonio ITA (Honda) 38m 28.242s
9. Marcos Ramirez SPA (KTM) 38m 29.057s
10. Adam Norrodin MAL (Honda) 38m 35.268s
11. Ayumu Sasaki JPN (Honda) 38m 39.585s
12. Livio Loi BEL (Honda) 38m 44.112s
13. Darryn Binder RSA (KTM) 38m 44.150s
14. Nicolo Bulega ITA (KTM) 38m 44.185s
15. Tatsuki Suzuki JPN (Honda) 38m 44.196s
16. Enea Bastianini ITA (Honda) 38m 44.307s
17. Jules Danilo FRA (Honda) 38m 54.947s
18. Nakarin Atiratphuvapat THA (Honda) 38m 55.002s
19. Kaito Toba JPN (Honda) 38m 55.005s
20. Jakub Kornfeil CZE (Peugeot) 38m 55.398s
21. Maria Herrera SPA (KTM) 38m 55.514s
22. Manuel Pagliani ITA (Mahindra) 38m 55.743s
23. Lorenzo Dalla Porta ITA (Mahindra) 38m 55.752s
24. Tony Arbolino ITA (Honda) 38m 56.884s
25. Marco Bezzecchi ITA (Mahindra) 39m 21.708s
26. Bo Bendsneyder NED (KTM) 39m 37.133s