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The Moto3™ race saw Britain’s Danny Kent once again dominate the race and claim back-to-back victories to cement his championship lead.
Not since 1971 with the great Barry Sheene has a British rider won back-to-back races in the lightweight class. It was a repeat of Austin for Danny Kent at the Gran Premio Red Bull de la República Argentina as the Honda rider broke away while the pursuing group fought with each other. From lap three onwards the Brit set about lapping, on average, half a second quicker than those behind to eventually win by 10.334 seconds.
Kent has broken the mold in Moto3™ and proven, now on two occasions, that it is possible to break away from the group and run your own race without having to fight to the last corner. The battling behind not only allowed Kent to have a clear track, but also slowed the riders involved extending Kent’s lead further. He now heads to Jerez with 66 championship points and a seventeen-point lead over his teammate Vazquez.
“The race was a bit boring! I like a scrap,” joked Kent. “We were strong in Austin and carried that on. Everyone has worked so hard and it’s paying off for everyone involved.”
There was drama before the race even started for some riders. Romano Fenati, who had qualified in the top ten for the first time this season, was involved in a disagreement during Warm Up that saw him strike out at Niklas Ajo. The incident saw him receive three penalty points, adding to his one from the race in Argentina last year, saw him start from the back of the grid. The fiery Italian fought hard to salvage eighth position, an impressive result and equaling his best finish this year from Austin. With four penalty points Fenati will have to be careful as any more incidents will result in further, and more severe, penalties.
The battle for second and third was fierce and involved a multitude of riders including Vazquez, Oliveira, Viñales and Quartararo. Each rider took the lead of the group at various stages of the race, including pole-setter Miguel Oliveira who at one stage was down in 18th after a small moment. It was Efren Vazquez and Isaac Viñales who made a small break in the final laps. Vazquez made it a 1-2 for Leopard Racing, just edging Viñales to the line.
“We were unlucky yesterday and I was a little sick last night with fever. But the second place is good for us and thanks to the team,” said Vazquez. The Basque rider sits second in the championship behind his teammate.
Isaac Viñales takes his first podium since Valencia last year where he was second. “I’m very happy, the KTM engine is a little behind the Honda. I pushed hard and got my first podium this year after a lot of work, we need to keep improving through the year,” he said.
It was another impressive ride for Fabio Quartararo, the young Frenchman was not able to repeat his Austin podium but did well to recover from 16th on the grid to finish in 6th, a result that he himself admitted was disappointing. The Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider was involved in the podium fight and continues to learn. Brad Binder, having started one place in front of Quartararo on the grid, finished in fifth ahead of the French rider. This finish places Binder as the top KTM in the Moto3™ championship in sixth overall.
It was an unfortunate end to the GP Red Bull de la República Argentina for Jorge Navarro, who fell while battling for the podium. Unfortunately his bike hit Antonelli, also ending the Italian’s race early. Maria Herrera, Jules Danilo and Alexis Masbou also fell, all riders were unhurt. It was also a disappointing race for Gabriel Rodrigo, who fell at Turn 2 but managed to remount eventually finishing in 28th.
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