Portimao Moto3: Arenas wins title in thrilling decider

Lewis Duncan
·3 min read

al the deal.

Ajo KTM rider Fernandez grabbed the holeshot from pole ahead of SIC58’s Tatsuki Suzuki, as championship rivals Ogura and Arenas followed.

Arenas powered past Ogura into Turn 1 at the start of lap three, while Arbolino had worked his way up to 13th on his Snipers Honda having come from 27th on the grid. 

Fernandez played no part in the battle behind as he continued to extend his lead opening up an advantage of well over nine second en route to a second win of the season.  

The podium group behind Fernandez swelled as the race wore on, with Arenas and Ogura slipping from the top three down the order.

Arbolino’s charge would take him to seventh by lap 17 after a hard dice with Arenas at Turns 10 through to 12, with the Snipers rider taking position on the run to Turn 1 on the following tour using the power of his Honda. 

Ogura and Arenas engaged on lap 18 over eighth spot, with the Honda Team Asia rider moving up the inside of Arenas at Turn 5 and forcing him off track at Turn 8 with a hard retaliation after the Aspar KTM man tried to take the position back. 

Dropping to 10th, Arenas rallied over the next few laps to get back into seventh behind Arbolino, while Ogura dropped to ninth.

With Ogura and Arbolino too far away from the podium battle, Arenas simply needed to stay upright on the final lap to win the title.

moment exiting Turn 4 after running wide. 

Despite the chaos, Arenas survived to cross the line in 12th behind SIC58’s Niccolo Antonelli to be crowned Moto3 world champion before stepping up to Moto2 next year.

Leopard’s Dennis Foggia took second in the race despite serving two long lap penalties, the Italian fending off Gresini’s Jeremy Alcoba - who took his first podium to cap off 2020 as rookie of the year - by 0.056 seconds.

th to end up second in the standings equal on points with eighth-placed Ogura.

Suzuki and Max Racing’s Alonso Lopez also tumbled out of the race. 

Race results:

1

25

Spain
Spain

Raúl Fernández

KTM

21

2

7

Italy
Italy

Dennis Foggia

Honda

21

5.810

3

52

Spain
Spain

Jeremy Alcoba

Honda

21

5.866

4

11

Spain
Spain

Sergio García

Honda

21

6.447

5

14

Italy
Italy

Tony Arbolino

Honda

21

12.998

6

40

South Africa
South Africa

Darryn Binder

KTM

21

13.065

7

13

Italy
Italy

Celestino Vietti Ramus

KTM

21

13.907

8

79

Japan
Japan

Ai Ogura

Honda

21

13.929

9

17

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

John McPhee

Honda

21

13.945

10

53

Turkey
Turkey

Deniz Öncü

KTM

21

14.438

11

23

Italy
Italy

Niccolo Antonelli

Honda

21

14.487

12

75

Spain
Spain

Albert Arenas

KTM

21

14.708

13

71

Japan
Japan

Ayumu Sasaki

KTM

21

19.285

14

99

Spain
Spain

Carlos Tatay

KTM

21

23.195

15

27

Japan
Japan

Kaito Toba

KTM

21

24.233

16

70

Belgium
Belgium

Barry Baltus

KTM

21

24.260

17

6

Japan
Japan

Ryusei Yamanaka

Honda

21

24.321

18

31

Mexico
Mexico

Adrian Fernandez

Honda

21

24.425

19

82

Italy
Italy

Stefano Nepa

KTM

21

24.625

20

55

Italy
Italy

Romano Fenati

Husqvarna

21

24.672

21

16

Italy
Italy

Andrea Migno

KTM

21

27.637

22

92

Japan
Japan

Yuki Kunii

Honda

21

34.490

23

50

Switzerland
Switzerland

Jason Dupasquier

KTM

21

34.884

24

54

Italy
Italy

Riccardo Rossi

KTM

21

35.003

25

73

Austria
Austria

Maximilian Kofler

KTM

21

35.092

26

9

Italy
Italy

Davide Pizzoli

KTM

21

35.216

27

2

Argentina
Argentina

Gabriel Rodrigo

Honda

21

40.329

28

89

Malaysia
Malaysia

Khairul Idham Pawi

Honda

21

46.973

24

Japan
Japan

Tatsuki Suzuki

Honda

19

2 Laps

5

Spain
Spain

Jaume Masia

Honda

17

4 Laps

21

Spain
Spain

Alonso López

Husqvarna

14

7 Laps

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