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Kent wins epic last lap battle in Moto3™

 Kent wins epic last lap battle in Moto3™

Leopard Racing’s Danny Kent won his third Moto3™ race in a row, in an epic last lap scrap with Fabio Quartararo and Miguel Oliveira.

Kent became the first British rider to win three GP’s in a row since Barry Sheene in 1977, after emerging victorious in a dramatic Moto3™ race in Jerez to take a 31 point lead in the Moto3™ World Championship.

Unlike in Austin and Argentina, Kent could not break away from the field despite numerous attempts, and found himself involved in a fight for the lead with Fabio Quartararo, Miguel Oliveira and Brad Binder. Coming into the final corner, it looked like 16-year-old Quartararo might take the victory, but he out-braked himself and had to stand up his Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda. He made contact with Kent and ran wide, leaving the Brit with just a short run to the line to claim his third win of the season.

KTM Red Bull Ajo’s Oliveira was right in the mix for the race win, actually leading for most of the final lap, but had to settle for second as he finished just 0.097s behind Kent in the drag to the line. Oliveira’s teammate Brad Binder (+0.296s) was the man to benefit from Quartararo’s last corner mistake, as he had let the front three fight amongst themselves throughout most of the race, while patiently waiting in fourth. The South African rider claiming the last step on the podium when Quartararo (+0.882s) ran wide, with the 16 year old Frenchman crossing the line in 4th.

Kent’s teammate Efren Vazquez had fought back from 17th on the grid to fifth by lap 4, and looked like he may also challenge for the race win as he caught the leading group with 14 laps to go, before fading towards the end of the race to take a lonely fifth. Romano Fenati was a further seven seconds back from Vazquez, as he won an intriguing battle for 6th ahead of Francesco Bagnaia on the Mapfre Team Mahindra, and Quartararo’s teammate Jorge Navarro.

Gresini Racing Team Moto3’s Francesco Bagnaia was in ninth, with John McPhee rounding out the top ten on the SAXOPRINT-RTG Honda.

Kent (91pts) now has a 31-point lead over his teammate Vazquez (60pts) in the Championship standings, with 16-year-old Fabio Quartararo (52pts) in third.

Check out the full Moto3™ race results.

Moto3, 2015, GRAN PREMIO bwin DE ESPAÑA, RAC, Miguel Oliveira, Brad Binder, Danny Kent

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