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Can anyone dent Kent’s Moto3™ title hopes in Catalunya?

Can anyone dent Kent’s Moto3™ title hopes in Catalunya?

No current Moto3™ riders have won at the Catalunya circuit, a circuit that has seen Spanish domination in the lightweight class previously.

The lightweight class has in the past been Spanish dominated, especially in Catalunya where Spanish riders have won the lightweight class race for the last five years, but this season things could change. The last Spanish Moto3™ win was Efren Vazquez’s victory in Malaysia last year. This season a mix of British, French, Portuguese and Italian riders have claimed victory so far.

Hoping to continue the dominance of non-Spaniards is Danny Kent, the Brit heading to Spain with 124 championship points, a dominant lead. Both Fabio Quartararo and Efren Vazquez had been early championship rivals, but the duo has failed to score points in the last two races. Enea Bastianini now sits second in the standings with 78 points.

2014 saw Bastianini claim his first ever Moto3™ podium, finishing second. The Italian was another rider, along with Kent, involved in the large group of riders fighting for victory in Mugello and has demonstrated strong pace throughout the year as he has been able to finish inside the top ten at each round.

Miguel Oliveira became the first Portuguese rider to win a Grand Prix last time out, and he will be hoping to continue this form in Barcelona. Both he and KTM have recovered well after a tricky start to the season that was hampered by crashes. Oliveira claimed a podium in the 2012 Moto3™ race in Catalunya when he finished in third.

Efren Vazquez and Isaac Viñales represent Spain’s best hope of continuing their stranglehold at the Catalunya circuit, as they sit fifth and sixth in the standings respectively. The Leopard Racing bike has proved a race winner in the hands of Danny Kent, and Vazquez himself has already had two podiums this year. A return to the rostrum would be welcome for the Basque rider after two DNFs.

Viñales secured third in Argentina on his Husqvarna machine but has since struggled to get within the top five in races. In Valencia 2014 he showed he is able to fight with the top riders as he battled Jack Miller for the podium, a strong Qualifying and race start could see Viñales emerge as a podium challenger yet again.

The Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya Moto3™ on-track action kicks off on Friday at 9:00am local time in Barcelona.


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