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ANTONELLI ANSWERS WITH A WIN

Niccolo Antonelli carries the SIC 58 team to victory, as he stands on the top box in Jerez.

As the lights went out, it was Tatsuki Suzuki who bolted from the line to take the lead going into turn one and instantly pulled away from the rest of the pack. VR46 duo, Dennis Foggia and Celestino Vietti, joined the Japanese rider at the front to close the field back together. Eventually, poleman, Lorenzo Dalla Porta, carved his way through to make his way back to the front and put in his efforts for a podium place.

As the race progressed, a leading group of seventeen formed, and with all riders fighting for the same goal, it left some riders pointless at the end of the race. Youngsters, Jaume Masia, Sergio Garcia and Raul Fernandez became a victim of their experience within their home Grand Prix as they failed to take the chequered flag, despite a promising result looking likely for all of them. Marcos Ramirez also ended his race in the gravel after a collision with race winner, Antonelli, on the back straight which sent him tumbling down the track.

By the end of the race, Antonelli, Suzuki and Vietti seemed like the three that were going to challenge for the win. But with the determination and experience of the Italian SIC 58 rider, a defensive line on the last lap was enough to secure him the full 25 points.

Suzuki completed a dream 1,2 for SIC 58 to take second ahead of Vietti. Championship leader, Aron Canet, secured some useful points to keep himself at the top with a fourth.