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Courageous Kent victorious in Moto3™

 Courageous Kent victorious in Moto3™

Danny Kent completely dominated proceedings in the wet at Silverstone to take his 6th win of the season ahead of Kornfeil and Antonelli.

Leopard Racing’s Danny Kent delighted the 73,000 fans at the Octo British Grand Prix by claiming his 8th GP career victory in dominant fashion. The Moto3™ race saw the worse weather of the day at Silverstone, but even this could not stop runaway Moto3™ championship leader Kent. Starting from 3rd on the grid, the British rider took over the lead with 13 laps to go after Isaac Viñales crashed out and never looked back.

Once he had established a 10-second lead, he managed the gap perfectly to become the first British rider to win at Silverstone in the lightweight class despite a huge moment in the latter stages as the weather worsened.

With such a big lead, it became a test of concentration for Kent, but he passed with flying colours to cross the line 8.492s ahead of Jakub Kornfeil. He now has a 70-point lead over Gresini Racing Team Moto3’s Enea Bastianini after the Italian crashed out of fifth on the penultimate lap.

Drive M7 SIC’s Kornfeil secured his first ever Moto3™ podium as he battled through the pack from 13th on the grid to finish as the leading KTM, ahead of Niccolo Antonelli (+13.819s) on the Ongetta-Rivacold Honda who completed the podium. The Italian followed up his maiden win last time out in Brno with only his second career podium.

Almost 37 seconds further back was Estrella Galicia 0,0’s 16-year-old Fabio Quartararo in fourth. The French rider struggled with his helmet steaming up during the race, but managed to win an excellent battle with RW Racing’s Livio Loi (+51.755s) and Scotsman John McPhee (+53.726s) on the SAXOPRINT RTG Honda. Loi and McPhee once again demonstrated their prowess in the wet after finishing on the top two steps of the podium at Indianapolis.

Mapfre Team Mahindra’s Juanfran Guevara pulled off his career best result as he finished in seventh. Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Husqvarna Factory Laglisse) scored points for the first time in his career in only his third race, finishing in eighth.

Efren Vazquez (Leopard Racing) and Tatsuki Suzuki (CIP) completed the top ten while British wildcards Luke Hedger (FPW Racing) and Taz Taylor (RS Racing) finished in 18th and 19th respectively.

There were crashes for Francesco Bagnaia, Andrea Locatelli, Maria Herrera and Brad Binder as a total of 16 riders recorded DNF's, including pole man Jorge Navarro who crashed out of the race on the very first lap whilst in the lead.

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

Up next is round 13 in the MotoGP™ World Championship the Gran Premio TIM di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini on 11th-13th September.

Tags:
Moto3, 2015, OCTO BRITISH GRAND PRIX, RAC, Danny Kent, Niccolò Antonelli, Jakub Kornfeil, Ongetta-Rivacold, Leopard Racing, Drive M7 SIC

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