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Another tight Moto3™ battle saw Danny Kent miss out on taking the title again, Miguel Oliveira continuing his astounding comeback.
A perfectly calculated race plan saw Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Ajo) take a vital Moto3™ race win to keep his championship hopes alive for another rounds. Danny Kent (Leopard Racing) had a difficult race, a poor start saw him outside the points in the early stages and try as he might to recover seventh was all he could manage. After the British GP Oliveira was 110 points behind Kent, the KTM rider mounting an incredible comeback to take the title battle to the last race. Now Kent heads to the Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valencia with a 24-point lead, needing to finish 14th or better to secure his first World Championship.
Meanwhile Oliveira must win the race, if Kent finishes 15th with the KTM rider winning the race, Oliveira would be given the title on virtue of podium finishes. Both riders would have six wins, but Oliveira has three seconds and if Kent were 15th, he would have only one. This is the eighth time the lightweight class has been decided at Valencia since it became the last race of the season in 2002. For the third straight year the Moto3™ World Championship will be decided at the close, both Maverick Viñales and Alex Marquez also having to fight till the final round for their titles. Kent won the Valencia GP in 2012, while Oliveira has a best finish of eighth.
As the battle for the title rages, a variety of tight skirmishes burn further down the field for top championship positions. It’s an all-Italian battle for fourth as Romano Fenati (SKY Racing Team VR46) leads Niccolo Antonelli (Ongetta-Rivacold) by two points. Both have shown great speed throughout the year, although Antonelli has had the better form recently. Both riders could also steal third in the championship, Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing Team Moto3) currently occupying the spot with a 20-point advantage.
Fabio Quartararo (Estrella Galicia 0,0) will return from injury that saw him miss all three flyaway races, the rookie currently tenth in the World Championship. His teammate, Rookie of the Year, Jorge Navarro (Estrella Galicia 0,0) aims to continue his strong end to the year having taken three podiums in the last four races.
Aron Canet (Estrella Galicia 0,0) and Nicolo Bulega (SKY Racing Team VR46) will join the grid as wildcards. Both riders currently locked in a close battle at the top of the Moto3™ Junior World Championship. Bulega will join the Moto3™ World Championship full time in 2016 with SKY Racing Team VR46.
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