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Just how good was the #AmericasGP for British riders?

Just how good was the #AmericasGP for British riders?

Sam Lowes and Danny Kent made it a weekend to remember for British fans in Austin, but just how good was it compared to the past?

British riders had a great day at the grand prix of Americas, winning both the Moto2™  and Moto3™  races, achieving a number of milestones:

  • It is the first time that two British riders have won solo grand prix races on the same day since the Grand Prix of Sweden in 1977 when Barry Sheene won the 500cc race on a Suzuki and Mick Grant the 250cc race riding a Kawasaki.

  • It is also the first time since 1977 that Britain has had GP winners in two different classes in a single season.

  • Kent is the first rider to win a grand prix in the USA since the 1965 American Grand Prix held at Daytona, when Mike Hailwood won the 500cc race and Phil Read the 250cc race.

  • Kent’s win in Austin was the first for a British rider in the Moto3 class since Kent himself won the final race of 2012 at Valencia.

  • With his win in Austin, Kent heads the world championship classification – the first British rider to lead the lightweight-class standings since Bradley Smith topped the 125cc classification following his win at Mugello in 2009.

  • Sam Lowes' win in Austin was the first for a British rider in the Moto2 class since Scott Redding won at Silverstone in 2013.

  • Lowes' win was the first for Speed Up since Anthony West won at Assen last year in wet conditions, and the first dry weather win for Speed Up since Andrea Iannone took victory in the Moto2 race at Mugello in 2012.

  • Lowes is only the second rider, along with Jordi Torres, to have won a Moto2 race not having previously competed in either the lightweight-class or the 250cc class of grand prix racing.


Moto2, 2015, RED BULL GRAND PRIX OF THE AMERICAS, Danny Kent, Sam Lowes

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