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Kent storms to Moto3™ victory in Germany

 Kent storms to Moto3™ victory in Germany

The Leopard Racing rider reclaims the Sachsenring for Britain & for Honda.

It’s safe to say that this Moto3 round belongs to Danny Kent. The Briton topped the timesheets in every single session so far this weekend, starting from pole for the third time in 2015 to take his 5th victory of the season after dropping the rest of the pack early. No one was able to come close to the championship leader’s pace around the 2.28 mile German circuit.

Kent’s victory comes with extra honours: he is the first British rider to win a lightweight-class (125cc/Moto3) Grand Prix at the Sachsenring since Dave Simmonds won around the original road circuit in 1969. He’s also the first Honda rider to win a lightweight-class GP in Germany since Marco Melandri won the 125cc GP at the Sachsenring in 1999.

Kent said: “I didn’t have a great start, the first few laps I was sliding a bit, but the tyre got better after about 5 laps. We’ve been strong all weekend which gave me great confidence and I knew I had a chance to pull away. I’m really happy to get another win and extend our championship lead.”

Kent's team mate Efrén Vázquez came in second place making it a Leopard Racing 1-2, with Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing Team Moto3) completing the podium in Germany.

The majority of riders opted for a medium front and rear, with Niccolò Antonelli (Ongetta-Rivacold) risking it with a soft front. He finished in 5th place, behind Romano Fenati (SKY Racing Team VR46) who was denied the podium in a last lap battle with Bastianini that came down to a photo finish.

Jorge Navarro (Estrella Galicia 0,0) came in 6th, followed by Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) in 7th. Alexis Masbou (SaxoPrint RTG), Andrea Locatelli (Gresini Racing Team Moto3) and Niklas Ajo (RBA Racing Team) complete the top 10.

Quartararo was bumped up to the front row for the race start despite qualifying in 4th, since Enea Bastianini’s penalty knocked him down the grid. Eleven Moto3 riders had their start positions moved due to penalties given for riding slow close to the racing line during qualifying. However Quartararo’s race ended early when he high sided coming out of the final corner (turn 13) with 21 laps still to go, thankfully escaping uninjured.

Hiroki Ono (Leopard Racing) crashed out on the first lap. Francesco Bagnaia (Mapfre Team Mahindra) also retired from the race after his bike cut out due to unidentified technical problems.

The German wild card rider Maximilian Kappler (SaxoPrint RTG) crashed out of the race at turn 10, ending a difficult weekend in which he was also taken out by Danny Kent during qualifying practice.

Click here for the full Moto3 Race results.

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Moto3, 2015, GoPro MOTORRAD GRAND PRIX DEUTSCHLAND, RAC, Danny Kent, Efren Vazquez, Enea Bastianini, Leopard Racing, Gresini Racing Team Moto3

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