Doubts about what the weather would do on Sunday were put to rest when the Moto3™ World Championship went out for Warm Up. Many riders spent as long as they could out on track to try and understand the Sachsenring in the wet.
By the end of the first lap, Pawi had shot from 20th to seventh and was well and truly in the battle for victory. As lap five began he hit the front and as in Argentina, with clear track ahead of him he was able to fly and easily set times a second faster than those behind. As lap 14 began he ran off track, a clear warning sign to ease off. But he didn’t relent, growing his lead with each lap and crossing the line 11.131s ahead of second place. Pawi was the first Malaysian to win a Grand Prix and now becomes the first, and so far only, Malaysian to win two Grands Prix.
Malaysia’s wet-weather ace Khairul Idham Pawi (Honda Team Asia) showed the speed that won him the Argentina GP, topping the session with a 1’40.072.
Andrea Locatelli (Leopard Racing) had a quiet opening lap but rallied as the race went on, battling for the podium. The Italian would be pushed back and found himself battling with John McPhee (Peugeot MC Saxoprint) for third, soon promoted to second by Hiroki Ono’s (Honda Team Asia) near-fall. He briefly came under pressure from Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing Moto3), but a solid rhythm saw him cross the line in second and take a career first podium. This was also Leopard Racing’s first podium of 2016 after claiming the lightweight class championship with Danny Kent in 2015.
Andrea Locatelli (Leopard Racing) was the first victim of the wet, getting on the throttle just a bit too early out of Turn 13. He was unharmed and remounted to set a 1’40.401 to end second fastest.
Pole-man Enea Bastianini made an excellent start to the race and led into Turn 1, followed by Bo Bendsneyder (Red Bull KTM Ajo). The Italian lost several positions during the opening half of the race but gathered himself as the race went on, charging back into podium contention. He and John McPhee sparred for third in the treacherous conditions, soon joined by Jakub Kornfeil (Drive M7 SIC Racing Team). He was able to break the pair and get his second podium of the year, a little dissapointed by the wet conditions.
With Pawi powering away at the front, very few people noticed the charge of Jakub Kornfeil. He battled hard for the podium but was unable to match Bastianini in the last laps, taking fourth. Behind was Fabio Di Giannantonio (Gresini Racing Team) who won a tight three-rider battle to complete the top five.
Further down the order, Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) and Jorge Navarro (Estrella Galicia 0,0) battled for seventh place, neither wanting to risk as much as the likes of Pawi with a championship on the line. Navarro would win the battle, crossing the line in seventh and gaining one point on Binder, who was eighth.
After their falls in Qualifying, both Maria Herrera (MH6 Team) and Niccolo Antonelli (Ongetta-Rivacold) were forced to miss the race. Herrera sustained a broken wrist while Antonelli broke his collarbone. Both will have the summer break to recover.
Bo Bendsneyder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) completed the top three but was 0.504s slower than Pawi’s best lap.
Jorge Martin (Pull & Bear Aspar Mahindra) was fourth with John McPhee (Peugeot MC Saxoprint) completing the top five.
Wildcard Max Kappler (KRM-RZT) crashed towards the end of the session at Turn 11.
GoPro MOTORRAD GRAND PRIX DEUTSCHLAND
|1||25||89||Khairul Idham PAWI||MAL||Honda Team Asia||Honda||126.1||47’07.763|
|2||20||55||Andrea LOCATELLI||ITA||Leopard Racing||KTM||125.6||+11.131|
|3||16||33||Enea BASTIANINI||ITA||Gresini Racing Moto3||Honda||125.5||+13.359|
|4||13||84||Jakub KORNFEIL||CZE||Drive M7 SIC Racing Team||Honda||125.3||+18.541|
|5||11||4||Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO||ITA||Gresini Racing Moto3||Honda||125.2||+20.620|
|6||10||17||John MCPHEE||GBR||Peugeot MC Saxoprint||Peugeot||125.2||+20.698|
|7||9||9||Jorge NAVARRO||SPA||Estrella Galicia 0,0||Honda||125.2||+20.910|
|8||8||41||Brad BINDER||RSA||Red Bull KTM Ajo||KTM||125.1||+23.333|
|10||6||21||Francesco BAGNAIA||ITA||Pull & Bear ASPAR Mahindra Team||Mahindra||124.8||+31.095|
|11||5||24||Tatsuki SUZUKI||JPN||CIP-Unicom Starker||Mahindra||124.5||+37.688|
|12||4||64||Bo BENDSNEYDER||NED||Red Bull KTM Ajo||KTM||124.2||+45.005|
|13||3||19||Gabriel RODRIGO||ARG||RBA Racing Team||KTM||124.0||+47.793|
|14||2||11||Livio LOI||BEL||RW Racing GP BV||Honda||124.0||+48.073|
|15||1||44||Aron CANET||SPA||Estrella Galicia 0,0||Honda||123.6||+56.921|
|16||10||Alexis MASBOU||FRA||Peugeot MC Saxoprint||Peugeot||123.1||+1’10.787|
|17||65||Philipp OETTL||GER||Schedl GP Racing||KTM||122.9||+1’13.873|
|18||5||Romano FENATI||ITA||SKY Racing Team VR46||KTM||122.9||+1’14.813|
|20||43||Stefano VALTULINI||ITA||3570 Team Italia||Mahindra||122.9||+1’15.434|
|21||27||Tim GEORGI||GER||Freudenberg Racing Team||KTM||122.5||+1’23.906|
|22||22||Danny WEBB||GBR||Platinum Bay Real Estate||Mahindra||121.9||+1’38.548|
|23||20||Fabio QUARTARARO||FRA||Leopard Racing||KTM||121.2||1 Lap|
|8||Nicolo BULEGA||ITA||SKY Racing Team VR46||KTM||123.7||13 Laps|
|7||Adam NORRODIN||MAL||Drive M7 SIC Racing Team||Honda||124.7||15 Laps|
|76||Hiroki ONO||JPN||Honda Team Asia||Honda||125.4||16 Laps|
|88||Jorge MARTIN||SPA||Pull & Bear ASPAR Mahindra Team||Mahindra||124.8||17 Laps|
|16||Andrea MIGNO||ITA||SKY Racing Team VR46||KTM||123.1||17 Laps|
|40||Darryn BINDER||RSA||Platinum Bay Real Estate||Mahindra||124.4||19 Laps|
|58||Juanfran GUEVARA||SPA||RBA Racing Team||KTM||123.8||19 Laps|
Moto3 World Standing 2016
|8||Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO||Honda||ITA||58|
|10||Khairul Idham PAWI||Honda||MAL||54|
|26||Lorenzo DALLA PORTA||Honda||ITA||7|
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