In a mad Moto3 race from the first Valencia race, the championship complexion changed. Here are the talking points.
- Albert Arenas and his black flag. A big rush of blood to the head after having his race ruined by an incident out of his control (again), and he took it upon himself to interfere with Arbolino and Ogura at the front, and was rightfully black flagged for irresponsible riding. No points for Arenas, but championship lead retained.
- Ai Ogura waking up at last. Finally, Ogura finds his early season form and returns to the podium. A race long battle with Sergio Garcia took Ogura to the front, back on the podium and within 3 points of the championship lead. A good day for the Japanese man.
- Raul Fernandez winning. Fernandez finally converted the promise he shows each week in qualifying, taking his maiden win after controlling the race from the front. He was caught by the pack at the end, but the record books will show 25 points next to his name. Good work from the Ajo man.
- Carlos Tatay coming good. 6th place for the reigning Red Bull Rookies champion Tatay is showing once again that the Rookies is a good route to the world championship. He has a contract for next year with Avintia in Moto3 once again, and is stepping up big time.
- Celestino Vietti missing an opportunity. After he highsided himself out of contention on the opening gambit, it worked out ok for the Sky Racing VR46 man after Arenas was caught up in the incident, however he looked well placed to win and claw back some points. It is status quo going into the second Valencia race, the gap still 20 points to the leader, with all to play for before he moves to Moto2.
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