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Moto3™ title race gathers momentum in Germany

Moto3™ title race gathers momentum in Germany

After Assen produced yet another thrilling Moto3™ race with the top seven riders all within half a second, the class now heads to Germany.

Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Ajo) rode a masterful race to secure his second Moto3™ victory of the season, expertly defending his line in the closing stages of the Dutch GP. The Portuguese rider’s season got off to a troublesome start, failing to score points in the first two rounds, but he has since finished in the top five at five of the last six races. KTM have classically gone well at the Sachsenring, claiming victories in all three of the Moto3™ races held there. Oliveira has only scored points once at Sachsenring, when he was fourth in 2013.

A strong headwind and lack of top end speed saw Danny Kent (Leopard Racing) cross the line in third at Assen. Despite this Kent was able to extend his championship lead over closest rival Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing Team Moto3), now leading the Italian by 57 points in the standings. This 57 point lead is the greatest points lead in the lightweight-class standings after the first eight races since Haruchika Aoki led Stefano Perugini by 69 points in 1995.

Second in Assen was Fabio Quartararo (Estrella Galicia 0,0), the rookie’s second podium of the season. Sachsenring will be another new track for Quartararo, but so far both his podiums have come at tracks where he has not raced previously. Of the three tracks he has experience with (Jerez, Le Mans and Catalunya), he has a best finish of fourth at Jerez after an aggressive move in the last corner dropped him out of podium contention.

Sitting fourth in the championship with 86 points, the title challenge of Romano Fenati (SKY Racing Team VR 46) appears to have faded away. Fenati took victory in France followed by a podium at home in Mugello but has only managed an eighth and a fifth place finish since. The Italian is now qualifying in the top ten, poor grid position one of his previous weaknesses, but seems to suffer when battling with other riders leading to mixed results.

Philipp Oettl (Schedl GP Racing) is the only German rider participating full time in the Moto3™ Championship. He has finished tenth twice this year, currently his best finish of the season, and sits 16th in the standings with 18 points. Oettl’s best result at home came last year when he was 12th in the race. So far in 2015 Oettl has shown flashes of speed, particularly in practice and Qualifying but has been unable to deliver come race day.

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