Crazy finish in Moto3 at Losail, with Andrea Migno getting the better of Sergio García in a race that was marked by the drama of Ayumu Sasaki.
The Moto3 race, the first of the year, was immediately marked by the penalty of pole position owner Dennis Foggia, as well as Tatsuki Suzuki and Izan Guevara, all starting from behind the grid.
A great start to Ayumu Sasaki, with Andrea Migno and Jaume Masia in pursuit. Ivan Ortolá was fourth and Sergio García was fifth.
The yellow flag soon after was raised as a result of the crash of Carlos Tatay, who had risen to fifth. García will have touched the rider who left the track in disbelief. It was certainly not the start the CFMotor Racing PruestelGP rider would have wanted.
However, the trio of penalized riders received the warning to fulfil with the Long Lap Penalty.
Highlight for Diogo Moreira, rookie in the category, who started in 18th place and was already in seventh place.
After three laps, Sasaki was leading with 1.006s over Migno, Deniz Oncu was now third, with Masiá and García in fourth and fifth respectively.
García was, however, warned that he would have to serve a Long Lap Penalty due to irresponsible riding, and then another crash, at turn 16, with Lorenzo Fellon and Suzuki.
The crashes were repeated in Losail, now with Scott Ogden also going to the ground.
Up front, Sasaki was unstoppable and was now leading with 2.6s over Migno. So was the top 10 of the race with eight laps completed:
If at the front everything was going well for Sasaki, Migno kept second place and Masiá third, but behind the fight was intense with Kaito Toba, John McPhee, García constantly changing positions, with Moreira also in the fight.
With nine laps to go, Masiá was out of the race after crashing at turn 12, now with Toba also involved, touching the rider and causing him to lose control of the bike. The incident would be analyzed by the Race Direction.
And out of nowhere, drama! Sasaki, who was more than three seconds ahead, avoided a highside crash but was left with a damaged bike. The fairing on the left side was compromised, with this one losing all the advantage it had and being overtaken shortly afterwards. Migno was the new leader of the race, and Oncu second, with Toba in third.
García reentered the fight and moved up to second with six laps to go, at a time when Sasaki was already 12th.
The battle for second place was intense: García and Oncu were constantly swapping places and Sasaki was now out of the race, bringing the number of riders who would not finish the Qatar GP to seven.
With three laps to go, this was the top six, with Moreira in sixth:
All open for the end of the race, with Migno leading with just 0.055s over Oncu, second. Intense exchange between potential candidates for victory.
One lap to go: Migno up front, 0.044s off García, Toba in third, Oncu fourth and John McPhee fifth.
Intense race finish in Losail, with Migno entering the home straight practically side by side with García but managing to hold on to the victory. 0.037s separate the riders and Migno is the first Moto3 winner of the year.