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High hopes for Moto3™ in Silverstone

High hopes for Moto3™ in Silverstone

The Moto3™ World Championship head to the Octo British Grand Prix with new winners in back-to-back GPs.

Both Brno and Indianapolis produced dramatic racing in the Moto3™ World Championship, title leader Danny Kent (Leopard Racing) failed to finish on the podium while the class saw two first time winners. Kent is looking to get back to winning and no place would be better than at Silverstone, in front of his home fans. To date his best finish at Silverstone has been sixth, achieved in 2012. Kent looks to become the first British rider in the lightweight class to finish on the Silverstone podium since Bradley Smith was third in 2010.

The last two races have seen Gresini Racing Team Moto3’s Enea Bastianini eat into Kent’s point lead substantially, now 45 points behind. In 2014 the Italian finished third at Silverstone, one of three podiums during his rookie campaign. As always, Bastianini is aiming to challenge for the 2015 Moto3™ Championship and continues to push himself to close the distance on Kent.

Highest placed KTM rider and third overall is Romano Fenati of SKY Racing Team VR46, who had an eventful Grand Prix of the Czech Republic. A three place grid penalty was awarded to the Italian for his antics during Qualifying, seeing him start in 22nd. However, he produced a stunning ride to end the race in sixth. Fenati appears as a rider who works best under pressure, producing seemingly magic performances even from the back of the grid.

Niccolo Antonelli (Ongetta-Rivacold) joined Livio Loi (RW Racing GP) as a first time winner in the Moto3™ class. His Brno victory is the first win by an Italian in the lightweight class from pole position since Andrea Iannone won the 125cc Japanese GP in 2009.

Scotland's John McPhee of the SAXOPRINT-RTG team considers Silverstone his home round and will be aiming for his second podium of 2015.


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