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Kent takes fourth Moto3™ victory of season

 Kent takes fourth Moto3™ victory of season

Leopard Racing’s Danny Kent won the Catalan GP in a thrilling finish that saw him beat rival Enea Bastianini by 0.035s.

There was a spectacular six-way battle at the front of another captivating 22-lap Moto3™ race that ended with Kent mounting a last lap charge to take a sensational victory at the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya.

Gresini Racing Team Moto3’s 17-year-old Italian Bastianini crossed the line in second, with Kent’s teammate Efren Vazquez making a daring move on the last corner to snatch third from Ongetta-Rivacold’s Niccolo Antonelli.

In near perfect conditions (Track temp 40°C) it was Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Miguel Oliveira that led into turn 1.

But it was soon clear that no one would be able to make a break like Kent did in Texas and Argentina due to the slipstream effect on the long straight.

Within a few laps Kent, Bastianini, Oliveira, Vazquez, Antonelli and Estrella Galicia’s Jorge Navarro had managed to break away from the rest of the field.

A dramatic fight for the win ensued with the lead changing hands at almost every corner. Numerous times Kent, who had a 46-point lead in the championship standings before the race, tried to break the leading group but each time he opened up an advantage, the group simply swallowed him back up on the start/finish straight.

It came down to a thrilling final lap and Kent made his move, with only Bastianini able to go with him. Kent knew he had to lead out of the last corner to take the victory, and the Brit held his nerve to take the chequered flag for his fourth win of the season. In the process Kent became the first Briton to win four or more races in a Grand Prix season since Barry Sheene in 1977 (6x500cc victories).

Bastianini (+0.035s) crossed the line just behind Kent, while Vazquez (+0.600s) managed to pass Antonelli at the last corner to secure the last step of the podium. Mugello race-winner Oliveira finished in fifth as the leading KTM rider ahead of Navarro, who celebrated a career best sixth.

Isaac Viñales on the Husqvarna Factory Laglisse won the fight for seventh at the head of the chasing pack, beating Sky Racing Team VR46’s Romano Fenati (eighth) and Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) across the line. Schedl Racing GP’s Philippe Oettl completed the top ten, just under 15 seconds behind Kent.

Frenchman Fabio Quartararo finished down in fourteenth, ahead of Maria Herrera who crossed the line in 15th to score he first World Championship point scoring finish.

There was an incident on the first lap between Gabriel Rodrigo, Jakub Kornfeil and Stefano Manzi, which saw them all fall, with the latter managing to remount. There were also crashes for Karel Hanika, Darryn Binder, John McPhee and Hiroki Ono.

Check out the full Moto3™ race results, and the latest World Championship standings.

 

Tags:
Moto3, 2015, GRAN PREMI MONSTER ENERGY DE CATALUNYA, RAC, Enea Bastianini, Danny Kent, Efren Vazquez

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