Moto3: Marco Bezzecchi leads Mahindra pack after difficult Aragon race
The Moto3 race in Aragon was shortened to 13 laps from the scheduled 20, after fog delayed the start of the day's proceedings.
CIP's Marco Bezzecchi was the highest ranked Mahindra rider at the end of the race in 19th, after the Italian was stuck behind Red Bull KTM Ajo's Bo Bendsneyder for the major part of the race.
After the Dutch rider took the VR46 Academy rider on Lap 5, the Italian was unable to get on terms with Bendsneyder, who eventually made up another position on his teammate later on.
Bezzecchi's teammate Manuel Pagliani was the next best in 23rd after losing out to Cuna de Campeones' Jaume Masia and Platinum Bay's Darryn Binder in the closing stages.
Behind, it was Peugeot's Jakub Kornfeil in 25th, who recently resigned with the Pruestel outfit for 2018 - the Czech rider blaming on the changes made for the backward movement in the race.
"The whole race was a really though one," he said. "I didn't feel good on the bike and couldn't find a good rhythm. For the race we changed the rear spring to a softer one.
"But I wasn't really happy with that. I tried to push but instead of getting faster I was losing positions. From the moment Pagliani past me in the corner and I had to go wide everything was going in the wrong direction.
"I am really unhappy about today because during the weekend I felt really good and I was sure we can get a good result here," he added, sitting 22nd in the standings.
Aspar's Albert Arenas was next in 27th, as the Spaniard never looked to threaten the riders to break into the Top 15. He alluded to 'strange vibrations' from the bike, not helping him to go at much higher pace.
"It has been a strange end to a difficult weekend during which we have not managed to be fast or comfortable," said the Spaniard.
"From the third free practice I started to feel vibrations in the bike and it was no better in the race. I tried to fight to the end with the problem and focus on riding. We'll see what has happened, but now it's time to get ready for the Asian trip."
Peugeot's Patrik Pulkkinen was the last finisher on the Mahindra in 29th, after Aspar's Lorenzo dalla Porta crashed out on Lap 7 - while running in 21st after starting from the back of the grid.
"The crash was a pity because after the sanction and starting from the back I was making up positions and was already up to the top twenty," he said.
"I opened the gas and I lost the rear wheel, it threw me into the air and I hit the ground. I did some damage to my right ankle and I had to go to the medical centre, but they ruled out any injuries, so from now on it's about thinking about Japan."
The race victory went to championship leader Leopard Racing's Joan Mir from Gresini Racing's Fabio di Giannantonio and Estrella Galicia's Enea Bastianini.
With no points scored for Mahindra in the Aragon Grand Prix, it sits in third in the constructors' standings with 20, while Peugeot has 14.
The lightweight category now moves to Twin Ring Motegi for Round 15, the Japanese Grand Prix during the October 13-15 weekend.