Tony Arbolino defeats Lorenzo Dalla Porta on final lap to win Moto3 Dutch TT
Tony Arbolino became the first repeat Moto3 winner of 2019 after defeating Lorenzo Dalla Porta on the final lap.
The Snipers rider featured at the front throughout the 22 lap encounter, taking the oppourtunity to lead several times as he battled with Kajto Toba, pole-man Niccolo Antonelli and team-mate Romano Fenati.
A crash involving Toba, Tatsuki Suzuki and Celestino Vietti at the slow Turn 5 hairpin with just six laps to go split the group though, as the top seven riders moved away from the rest.
Jakub Kornfeil took his chance to lead as his competitors behind battled and pulled away, dragging Leopard Racing’s Dalla Porta with him. The duo pulled out a significant gap on Arbolino and looked set to battle it out for victory in the closing stages.
Heartbreak was to follow for the Prustel GP pilot though, as he received a long-lap penalty for cutting the final chicane several laps earlier. He took the penalty with just two laps remaining, dropping to third, and leaving Dalla Porta in the lead.
Arbolino was flying though and set the fastest lap of the race heading onto the final tour, now right behind the leader. He then proceeded to draft past Dalla Porta on the run up to the final corner, defended well and just held on as his fellow Honda rider got a superior exit from the final corner.
Arbolino held on though and secured his second victory of the season just fractions ahead of Dalla Porta, who now closes to just seven points behind championship leader Aron Canet, who could manage only 12th.
Kornfeil was able to pull away from the chasing group after taking his penalty to salvage third place and his first podium of the season, while Gabriel Rodrigo and Petronas SRT’s John McPhee, who had to fight back from 22nd on the grid, closed out the top five.
Ai Ogura was sixth for Honda Team Asia, while Catalan GP winner Marcos Ramirez took seventh just ahead of Antonelli, who bizarrely took a long lap penalty of his own accord at around half distance and dropped to 21st.
The Italian fought back to eighth as Dennis Foggia took ninth for the VR46 squad ahead of Estrella Galicia’s Alonso Lopez who rounded out the top ten.
Fenati eventually faded to 11th at the flag after getting caught up in the Toba/Suzuki/Vietti crash, as did Canet who crossed the line just behind.
Darryn Binder looked set to compete for victory after climbing from a lowly 25th on the grid to the leading group in just 10 laps, but crashed out on his own at Turn 5 with just a handful of laps to go.