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Moto3™ hoping for normality in Brno

Moto3™ hoping for normality in Brno

A unique and chaotic race at the Indianapolis Grand Prix saw three new faces on the podiums while the championship leader failed to score.

A rapidly drying track saw big gambles pay off in the Moto3™ World Championship as the likes of Livio Loi (RW Racing GP), John McPhee (SAXOPRINT RTG) and Philipp Oettl (Schedl GP Racing) risked an early change to slicks, and secured their debut podiums. The usual front-runners left their changes at Indy late, seeing many suffer as a result. All eyes are now focused on a drama free bwin Grand Prix České republiky.

For the first time in 2015 Danny Kent (Leopard Racing) failed to score, his tyre change taking a massive two and a half minutes, roughly a minute longer than average. Despite this the Brit still holds a 56-point lead in the Moto3™ standings. Brno saw Kent claim his first podium of 2014 with third, his best result at the track. No doubt Kent will be back battling for victory in Brno if circumstances remain normal.

Perhaps the biggest benefactor of the unique situation in Indy was Romano Fenati (SKY Racing Team VR46), able to finish fourth and gain back significant championship points. The fiery Italian moves to third in the World Championship standings and is now the leading KTM rider. In his three previous visits to the Automotodrom Brno, Fenati has just once finished inside the top ten, a best of eighth in 2012.

2014 was a stellar year for Alexis Masbou (SAXOPRINT RTG) at the Czech GP, the Frenchman claiming the first victory of his career. Masbou started 2015 with a spectacular win in Qatar but has since struggled to even score points, a return to the top ten would be more than welcome for Masbou.

Second in the championship, Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing Team Moto3) is another rider with past success in Brno. 2014, his debut year in the Moto3™ class, saw him fight to second in a classic Moto3™ drag to the line. Opportunities  to gain points on Kent are rapidly diminishing, the Italian needs to start beating the Brit as soon as possible.

After two front row starts in Germany and Assen, Karel Hanika (Red Bull KTM Ajo) heads to his home race in strong form. Last year the Czech rider was able to finish 15th in Brno having started from 17th on the grid. Back in 2013, Hanika claimed pole position and the win at Brno in the Red Bull Rookies Cup.


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