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Moto3™ field chasing Kent in Australia

Moto3™ field chasing Kent in Australia

A tense Japanese GP saw Niccolo Antonelli take his second win, but all eyes are on Danny Kent in Australia.

Yet again the Moto3™ World Championship was presented with another unique challenge in Japan, their race reduced to a 13 lap sprint and run in the pouring rain. Italy’s Niccolo Antonelli (Ongetta-Rivacold) returned to victory with a dominant ride at Motegi, opening an early gap and managing it perfectly as the field battled behind him. Championship leader Danny Kent (Leopard Racing) ended down in sixth but critically was ahead of closest title rival Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing Team Moto3).

With just two rounds after the Pramac Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix, Kent needs to leave Australia with a 50 point advantage over the rider in second to secure the 2015 Moto3™ World Championship. The gap to Bastianini currently stands at 56 points; simply finishing ahead of the Italian will secure Kent the title but Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Ajo) may also play a role. Danny Kent has only once scored points at Phillip Island in the lightweight class, when he was fifth in 2012.

KTM’s Miguel Oliveira produced a spirited ride to second in Japan, desperate to keep his title hopes alive. He was able to close the gap to Kent, but currently sits 65-points behind and will need to gain 16-points on the Brit if he wants to keep the battle going. Oliveira has a best finish of second at the Australian GP in 2012 and is aiming to continue his run of three podium finished.

The Australian GP will be a critical round for Bastianini, not only is he attempting to stop Kent taking the crown but he also has to defend second in the championship from Oliveira who is just 9 points behind. The Italian failed to finish the race last year after qualifying down in 20th. Overall 2015 has been an incredible year for the Italian, emerging as a title challenger in just his second full season.

For the second time in his World Championship career Remy Gardner will get to race in front of his home fans at the legendary Phillip Island circuit. In 2014 Gardner raced to a respectable 26th place and will be looking to fight for points in 2015. The year has been difficult for Gardner on the Mahindra, his best finish 17th place, which he has achieved on three occasions.


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