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Moto3™ ready for heated battle

Moto3™ ready for heated battle

A career first win for Enea Bastianini at home keeps his title hopes alive.

The San Marino GP saw another classic Moto3™ World Championship race with a group of six riders fighting vigorously throughout. It once again came down to the final few corners as Enea Bastianini on the Gresini Racing Team Moto3 bike played his cards perfectly to overtake Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Ajo) with just a few corners to go and take a career first win in the lightweight class. Bastianini celebrated with a tri-colore haircut in the style of the Italian flag, much to the joy of the 90,000 strong home crowd.

Bastianini is now 55 points behind championship leader Danny Kent, who had a disappointing San Marino GP. With five rounds to go there title battle is still very much on and a win at the Gran Premio Movistar de Aragón could certainly hand the momentum back to the young Italian.

Leopard Racing’s Danny Kent is still very much in control of the 2015 Moto3™ title battle and will be looking for victory in Aragon. The Brit was forced to drop a place during the San Marino GP for exceeding track limits, ending any chances of victory. Kent’s best result at the Spanish circuit came in 2014 when he finished third. Honda could also claim their first lightweight class constructors title since 2001 at Aragon if they are able to outscore KTM by 11 points.

The battle for third in the Moto3™ World Championship has Romano Fenati (SKY Racing Team VR46) and Oliveira split by just five points, the advantage passing back and forth. Fenati won the 2014 Aragon GP having qualified down in 13th, recently the Italian has been performing better in Qualifying and will no doubt be in the mix in Aragon yet again no matter his grid slot. It was announced ahead of the San Marino GP that Fenati will remain with his SKY Racing Team VR46 in 2016 before a move to Moto2™ in 2017.

Oliveira heads to the Gran Premio Movistar de Aragón with a best finish of fifth in 2013. An upgraded KTM frame and swing arm saw him return to challenging for victory for the first time since breaking his wrist at the German GP earlier in the season. The Portuguese rider will move up to Moto2™ in 2016 with the Leopard Racing squad.

Efren Vazquez will be out for a good result at his home grand prix, the Leopard Racing rider suffering an unfortunate crash in Misano while fighting with the leading group. 2015 has seen the Basque rider claim four podiums, but also fail to finish five times.


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