Antonelli wins Jerez Moto 3 for Honda 1-2
Jerez de la Frontera (Spain) (AFP)
Honda completed a one-two in the Spanish Moto 3 on Sunday as Italian Niccolo Antonelli won with Japanese rider Tatsuki Suzuki collecting a first podium finish in second.
They were followed home by two KTM riders with Celestino Vietti third and Spaniard Aron Canet fourth, which was enough to take the lead in the overall standings.
"I feel fantastic," said Antonelli at the finish.
"In the middle of the race, I was in the middle of the pack and at one point I even got hit," said Antonelli at the finish. He has been racing in Moto3 since 2012 and it was his fourth victory.
Suzuki led for much of the race at the head of a tightly-bunched pack but after Antonelli overtook in the closing laps, the Japanese rider had to fight to hold off Vietti.
The first two ride for a team run by Paolo Simoncelli father of former world champion Marco Simoncelli who died in a crash in 2011.
1. Niccolo Antonelli (ITA/Honda) 39mins 30.327secs, 2. Tatsuki Suzuki (JAP/Honda) at 0.242, 3. Celestino Vietti (ITA/KTM) 0.305, 4. Aron Canet (ESP/KTM) 0.472, 5. Albert Arenas (ESP/KTM) 0.563
World championship standings (after three rounds)
1. Aron Canet (ESP/KTM) 58 points, 2. Niccolo Antonelli (ITA/Honda) 57, 3. Jaume Masia (ESP/KTM) 45, 4. Kaito Toba (JPN/Honda) 41, 5. Lorenzo Dalla Porta (ITA/Honda) 40
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