It was a very nice race from the beginning
The race started with Enea Bastianini leading on the opening laps, with teammate Arón Canet third.
Bastianini achieved his second podium of the season -his seventeenth in Moto3.
Canet finishes fifth but maintains third position in the overall standings. The Repsol rider cuts 5 points from the gap to second-placed Romano Fenati.
It was a very nice race from the beginning, and very hard fought. We rode in a group with some quite strong riders, so it was important to stay in the top positions so as not to take any unneccesary risks. On the last lap I was third and our goal was to fight for the victory, but I didn’t expect a finale to the race like we had.
It was a chaotic race, run at a very high pace, but I managed to be well positioned throughout. I felt very good, braking hard and late, and in control from start to finish. In the end we made a small mistake between Jorge Martin and I, because we exchanged passes and that has made us lose contact with the front group. We were missing a bit of top speed on the back straight, but I’m sure we will continue to improve in Japan.