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Battling Bastianini takes maiden Moto3™ Victory

Battling Bastianini takes maiden Moto3™ Victory

Enea Bastianini took his first career GP victory ahead of Oliveira and Antonelli as championship leader Kent finishes in sixth.

Gresini Racing Team Moto3’s Bastianini won a close fought battle at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli to snatch his first Moto3™ victory in just his 31st start at his home grand prix. In the process he closed the gap in the championship standings to Danny Kent to 55 points with 5 races remaining.

The Italian was involved in a five man leading group that saw the lead swap hands multiple times. On the last lap the ‘Beast’ made his move through turn 11 and held on to take the checkered flag for the first time in his career, just 0.037s ahead of Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Miguel Oliveira. It was Oliveira’s fourth podium of the season and best result since his race win at Assen as he took advantage of the new KTM Frame and chassis available to riders at Misano. It seemed a fitting way for the Portuguese rider to celebrate his announcement he will make the step up to Moto2™ next year with Leopard Racing.

Ongetta-Rivacold’s Niccolo Antonelli (0.345s) recovered from Saturday's crash to cross the line in third and take his third podium of the season ahead of a hard charging Romano Fenati (+0.584s) on the SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM. Oliveira’s teammate Brad Binder made it three KTM’s in the top five as only 0.637s separated the leading group across the line.

Leopard Racing’s championship leader Kent (+8.000) was at the back of the leading group mid way through the race but was forced to give up a position after exceeding track limits at turn 6 a number of times. Unfortunately for the Brit the nearest rider was four seconds back and he had to slow to let them pass, ending any chance he had of a podium as he eventually crossed the line in sixth.

Alexis Masbou (SAXOPRINT RTG), Francesco Bagnaia (Mapfre Team Mahindra), Isaac Viñales (RBA Racing Team) and Phillip Oettl (Schedl GP Racing) completed the top ten.

Scotsman John McPhee (SAXOPRINT RTG) recovered from 26th on the grid to finish in 19th. There was also a five second penalty applied to Maria Herrera for exceeding track limits although it did not affect her position of 24th.

Efren Vazquez (Leopard Racing) crashed out of the race while battling in the leading group, and there were also falls for Zulfahmi Khairuddin, Tatsuki Suzuki, Remy Gardner, Jules Danilo and Juanfran Guevara. Guevara crashed on the last lap and made contact with his teammate Martin, who somehow stayed upright to take the last championship point in 15th.

Both Estrella Galicia 0,0 riders Fabio Quartararo and Jorge Navarro were forced to miss the race after crashing in practice on Friday being declared unfit.

Check out the full Moto3™ race results and the latest championship standings.

Moto3, 2015, GRAN PREMIO TIM DI SAN MARINO E DELLA RIVIERA DI RIMINI, RAC, Niccolò Antonelli, Enea Bastianini, Miguel Oliveira, Gresini Racing Team Moto3

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