Moto3: Arenas Crowned Champion as Fernandez Dominates to Victory

Published on November 22, 2020
By Short Shift News

Albert Arenas has been crowned Moto3 World Champion after finishing the Portuguese Grand Prix in 12th. But it was Raul Fernandez who dominantly took Portimão glory, storming to victory by 5.8s in his final Moto3 Grand Prix.

The 21-lap championship decider got underway and immediately saw Raul Fernandez hit the front from pole position, with Ai Ogura and Albert Arenas in third and fourth.

It was a battle from the off, with Ogura and Arenas trying to work there way passed Tatsuki Suzuki, who held second from the start – they both cleared Suzuki, setting after Fernandez by lap four.

However, it wasn’t easy for Arenas and Ogura as Fernandez opened a gap over the chasing pack early on, leaving a raging battle for second place. Leopard duo, Jaume Masia and Dennis Foggia both took to the long lap penalty loop, completing it twice and dropping outside of the points. However, the pace was strong for the Cyan machines as they worked their way back up to second and third before a late departure for Masia ended his efforts.

As the race got to its climax, Arenas and Ogura found themselves in deep water as they battled towards the back of the group and crucially behind Tony Arbolino who had incredibly fought his way through the pack from 27th on the grid.

Despite their best efforts, Arbolino and Ogura couldn’t deny Arenas, who had led the Moto3 championship from the start, clinching the title by four points over Arbolino and Ogura – who find themselves joint on points at the end of the season.

Back at the front, it was a dominant performance from Raul Fernandez, who took his second Moto3 win in his final race in the lower category. The Spanish rider had a nine-second lead but crossed the line five seconds ahead of Dennis Foggia and Jeremy Alcoba.

It has been a sensational Moto3 series which saw Arenas come out on top with Arbolino and Ogura in second and third. Fernandez finished the season in fourth place with Celestino Vietti and Masia completing the top six. Britons John McPhee finished in seventh, while the final top-ten positions went to Darryn Binder, Sergio Garcia and podium finisher Dennis Foggia.

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