Albert Arenas (KTM), 23, from Girona, was proclaimed yesterday, on the beautiful Portimao route, on the Portuguese roller coaster, new, brand new and deserved. Moto3 world champion. Arenas, who has controlled the championship with an iron fist, he had to be very attentive to his rivals yesterday, both the Japanese Ai Ogura (Honda) and the Italian Tony Arbolino (Honda) and, in the end, with a twelfth position very hard fought, was proclaimed champion because the Japanese could only be eighth and the Italian finished fifth.
The last race of the season, which was won with great ease by the fastest driver of this season finale, Raúl Fernández from Madrid (KTM), who escaped just turning off the exit traffic light, again had a crowded group among which were, of course, the three candidates for the title, because Arbolino, who came out on the twenty-seventh, was able to come back dramatically.
Arenas, who was always leading this group in the start of more than a dozen drivers, in a slower race than usual, which led to so many candidates for the podium, had the strength to stay ahead of Ogura, who lost strength in the last ten laps, while Arbolino struggled bravely to take the world runner-up. Moreover, in the absence of six laps, the Italian, who missed the San Marino GP for going on a plane where there was a covid-19 infection, overtook Arenas, who he returned the advance to him immediately and all this happened fighting for seventh place. The fight ended with Arbolino ahead of Arenas.
And, from there, the title was complicated for Arenas, who had to fight with all his weapons to stay between the sixth and thirteenth position, which gave him the title, in a group that included Ogura, Arenas and Arbolino, who eventually won the runner-up spot. The last laps, of suicide in this zone of the race, in which the title was decided, finished with Arbolino fifth; Ogura, eighth, and Arenas, twelfth, a position that gave him the world title.
“The rear tire ran out when there were still five laps left and I suffered a lot, but we had enough advantage, thanks to the big World Cup we did and so here we are, champions, making a lot of people happy, especially my family , team … Thank you, Jorge Martínez «Aspar» and friends », said Albert Arenas just off the podium, already as world champion.