The first two 2020 tests of the small displacement had left the impression that a boss had finally appeared in that uncontrollable hornet’s nest. With much credit, Albert Arenas had offered two lessons of knowing how to be in the typical head group, of not crossing the risk lines and knowing how to interpret the final attack like no one else. Two victories, in Qatar and last Sunday in Jerez, gave him an unbeatable balance, which was distorted in the third race of the year.

The Catalan knew, as always, to read the start of the test, to position himself well in the peloton, and never to lose the rope, until made a small mistake in the fastest corner of the Andalusian track and, seven laps to go, he ended up rolled in the gravel, luckily without physical consequences despite the heavy impact. A setback that came a few turns after the incident that had left the second overall, Ogura, offside, after a failure by Jaume Masiá.

The race repeated the classic Moto3 pattern, with a peloton stretching and leaving units behind until six riders faced the final fight. This time with a solid Suzuki always in the lead. The Japanese finally made good his ‘pole’ (all three in the three grand prizes of 2020) and took the victory, which places him in second place in a classification still led by Arenas.

The podium was completed by McPhee and Vietti, with Jeremy Alcoba fourth as the best Spanish, although Tortosa’s dropped to seventh place after being sanctioned with three seconds for leaving the limits of the track on too many occasions, so Raúl Fernández, sixth, finished as the best of the ours in a day without prize.