Albert Arenas held off John McPhee to win the opening roundof the 2020 Moto3 world championship in Qatar by just 0.053.
Arenas led the vast majority of the race after demotingpole-man Tatsuki Suzuki on lap two, holding the advantage exclusively justprior to mid-distance.
The Aspar man made sure to remain in and around the top fivethough, crucially manoeuvring himself into the lead at Turn 1 as the final lapgot underway.
365体育投注APPHe immediately pulled the pin, dragging Petronas SRT pilotMcPhee with him as the duo left Jaume Masia and the chasing pack behind.
365体育投注APPMcPhee looked set to challenge Arenas in the final half ofthe lap, but lost too much time to Arenas on the exit of the finalturn-allowing him to cruise home just ahead of McPhee’s Honda.
Masia managed to hang on to the final position on therostrum for Leopard Racing across the final tour, but drops to fourth aftercollecting a track limits infringement, Ai Ogura therefore taking third aheadof Masia.
Suzuki bagged fifth despite finishing seventh on the road asboth Gabriel Rodrigo and Jeremy Alcoba ahead were dropped a position each fortheir own track limit transgressions, leaving the pair sixth and seventh behindthe SIC58 man.
365体育投注APPFilip Salac enjoyed a solid outing to claim eighth forSnipers, while Raul Fernandez struggled to hang onto a leading position in theclosing stages after looking the man to beat for most of the weekend, slippingto ninth just clear of Dennis Foggia.
Fernandez was then dropped to tenth as the final rider tofall foul of the track limits, Foggia bumped up to ninth with Fernandez tenth.
Darryn Binder looked firmly in the hunt for a maiden Moto3victory as the race entered its twilight stages, the South African looking goodto snatch the lead into Turn 1 around the outside.
He was clipped by Tony Arbolino though, the CIP man goingdown hard and retiring from the race as a result. Arbolino managed to continue,but lost significant ground and eventually took the chequered flag 14th, beforebeing demoted a further spot to 15th as he himself picked up a tracklimits penalty.
Celestino Vietti was another expected front-runner to hitproblems, the VR46 racer crashing at Turn 10 around mid-distance-the Italianfailing to score points a s a result.