From the medical centre to the top step of the podium: what a Sunday for Joan Mir. The team Leopard Spaniard, one of the many protagonists involved in the mass crash at the start of the second lap, was overrun by other riders and their bikes tumbling in the gravel, being struck several time.
The hard blows did not stop Joan who lined up again on the starting grid. He started well, overtaking various rivals until reaching the most dangerous of the day, Romano Fenati astride his Honda. It was a duel between him and the team Snipers rider until the latter crashed, relinquishing the leadership to the Spaniard who then finished the sixteen laps (reduced from the original 24 planned) for the win undisturbed.
This is the third win for team Leopard’s number 36, now solidly leading the overall world championship standings. Fenati would have been able to reduce the gap, but this DNF could weigh heavy on him and the final points tally.
After a fierce battle with his rivals, Aron Canet finished on the second step of the podium, careful not to make any mistakes. It was the third step for Fabio Di Giannantonio who had his sights set on second, but a small mistake by the Roman in the last lap was decisive for the end result. Once again, the podium at Le Mans today was monopolized by three Honda riders.
The two Spaniards Ramirez and Guevara rode like madmen from flag to flag, finishing just beneath the podium. Enea Bastianini rode his Honda to sixth place and Andrea Migno managed to come back to eighth on his KTM from Frenchman Danilo.
The team Ajo Dutchman, Bendsneyder, was the only one to finish for this team after Antonelli retired. Former Moto3 champion Danny Kent finished his race in tenth place and Italians Dalla Porta and Bezzecchi finished in the points, with the team CIP Mahindra rider protagonist of the first group crash of the race.
Nicolò Bulega also went to the medical centre after the big crash and despite injuries and pain, the stoic team SKY VR46 rider participated in the race, finishing not too far from the points zone. Pagliani and Arbolino were over the line eighteenth and twenty-second.
Rider standings: Mir 99, Fenati 65, Canet 63