Moto3: Three Riders, One Crown, One Epic Season Finale
The Moto3 World Championship reaches its climax this weekend as the series heads to the Algarve to decide the 2020 World Champion.
Gaviota Aspar Team’s Albert Arenas heads into the final round of the series with an eight-point lead over newly announced Moto2 rider, Ai Ogura. Meanwhile, Tony Arbolino, the winner of the last race in Valencia, lies third and is still mathematically in with a chance of the crown.
The championship is all but done for Arenas, who will be crowned champion on Sunday if he finishes first or second despite where his rivals finish. The Spaniard has little Portimao track knowledge but did take part in a single day test ahead of the 2020 season restart.
Arbolino pulled off a heroic race in Valencia, fighting through from 13th on the grid to eventually become the first Italian Moto3 winner at Valencia, cutting Arenas’ advantage over him to just 14 points. His victory also moved him to fourth in the list of Italian wins, and he’ll be looking to add another one this weekend.
However, Jaume Masia, who lies in fourth and could still pinch second in the championship, and Celestino Vietti (5th) could both cause upsets in the final round. Masia, the winner of the two races in Aragon, had a tough Valencia double-header, crashing out of the first race and narrowly being beaten to the line by Ogura in the second one.
Raul Fernandez, John McPhee and Darryn Binder will also be hoping for a good result to propel themselves into the top five. McPhee was considered as a title challenger but since his win in Misano, the Scotsman has recorded a single top five finish.
Not only is the riders’ championship up for grabs, but the Constructors’ and teams’ World Title is still to be decided. Honda head to the Portuguese Grand Prix 13-points ahead of KTM and will win the title if the first Honda across the line is inside the top four.
2.85 miles, 15 corners and 21-laps will be what decides the 2020 Moto3 World Champion as a weekend of unknown awaits. But who will come out on top?
Moto3’s weekend schedule can be found here.
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