2015 Austin Moto3 Results from Circuit of the Americas

2015 Austin Moto3 Results from Circuit of the Americas
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Typical of a Grand Prix motorcycle racing weekend, the smallest class is always set to race first. In regards to rain, this can either be a great or bad thing.

This weekend at Circuit of the Americas just outside of Austin, Texas, running ahead of Moto2 and MotoGP was somewhat of a negative thing. Not that the race was a washout; some wet parts of the 3.426-mile track caught a few riders by surprise, causing accidents.

The following riders crashed due to loss of traction: Mapfre Team’s Francesco Bagnaia, RW Racing GP’s Livio Loi, Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Miguel Oliveira, Leopard Racing’s Hiroki Ono, Ongetta-Rivacold’s Niccolo Antonelli and Estrella Galicia 0,0’s Jorge Navarro.

One rider that wasn’t affected by loss of traction was Danny Kent, who took his first win of 2015 Moto3 at Circuit of the Americas, and the third Moto3 race of his career.

The British rider Kent was quick all weekend, leading qualifying by over a half of second. But it wasn’t an easy win for Kent. He fell back to fifth after a bad start, and had to work his way through the field.

By the fourth lap, though, he was in the lead and would never be challenged again. Kent took the Austin Moto3 win by 8.532 seconds ahead of Estrella Galicia 0,0’s Fabio Quartararo, and 8.652 seconds ahead of Leopard Racing’s Efren Vazquez.

Quartararo was in an intense battle for second with Saxoprint RTG’s Alexis Masbou, but the winner at the season opener in Qatar crashed out on the final corner. He was able to rejoin the grid and finish 16th.

As for Kent’s performance, MotoGP said it was It is unusual to see one rider dominate in a Moto3 race, but no one had a response to the lap times that Kent was putting in, and for the rest of the riders it became a fight for the remaining spots on the podium.

Gresini Racing Team Moto3’s Enea Bastianini took fourth, giving Honda a 1-2-3-4 finish. Fifth went to Red Bull KTM’s Ajo’s Brad Binder.

Due to his win at COTA and his third-place finish at Qatar, Kent now has the Moto3 points lead with 41. He leads Bastianini by eight points. The series now heads directly to Argentina’s Termas de Rio Hondo for round three.

2015 Austin Moto3 Results from Circuit of the Americas:

12552Danny KENTGBRLeopard RacingHonda143.341’32.287
22020Fabio QUARTARAROFRAEstrella Galicia 0,0Honda142.8+8.532
3167Efren VAZQUEZSPALeopard RacingHonda142.8+8.652
41333Enea BASTIANINIITAGresini Racing Team Moto3Honda142.8+8.811
51141Brad BINDERRSARed Bull KTM AjoKTM142.7+9.556
61017John MCPHEEGBRSAXOPRINT RTGHonda142.5+13.869
7955Andrea LOCATELLIITAGresini Racing Team Moto3Honda142.1+20.442
885Romano FENATIITASKY Racing Team VR46KTM142.1+20.611
9732Isaac VIÑALESSPAHusqvarna Factory LaglisseHusqvarna142.1+20.863
10698Karel HANIKACZERed Bull KTM AjoKTM142.1+20.913
11584Jakub KORNFEILCZEDrive M7 SICKTM142.1+21.249
12416Andrea MIGNOITASKY Racing Team VR46KTM141.9+23.725
13365Philipp OETTLGERSchedl GP RacingKTM141.5+32.218
14231Niklas AJOFINRBA Racing TeamKTM141.2+36.702
15112Matteo FERRARIITASan Carlo Team ItaliaMahindra141.2+37.283
1610Alexis MASBOUFRASAXOPRINT RTGHonda140.6+47.027
176Maria HERRERASPAHusqvarna Factory LaglisseHusqvarna140.0+59.257
182Remy GARDNERAUSCIPMahindra139.7+1’03.748
1991Gabriel RODRIGOARGRBA Racing TeamKTM139.7+1’04.611
2063Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDINMALDrive M7 SICKTM139.0+1’16.968
2119Alessandro TONUCCIITAOutox Reset Drink TeamMahindra138.4+1’27.397
2222Ana CARRASCOSPARBA Racing TeamKTM137.7+1’40.409
2323Niccolò ANTONELLIITAOngetta-RivacoldHonda137.6+1’43.841
2429Stefano MANZIITASan Carlo Team ItaliaMahindra137.4+1’46.105
2511Livio LOIBELRW Racing GPHonda131.51 Lap
Not Classified
24Tatsuki SUZUKIJPNCIPMahindra137.41 Lap
44Miguel OLIVEIRAPORRed Bull KTM AjoKTM142.58 Laps
21Francesco BAGNAIAITAMAPFRE Team MAHINDRAMahindra142.49 Laps
9Jorge NAVARROSPAEstrella Galicia 0,0Honda142.39 Laps
88Jorge MARTINSPAMAPFRE Team MAHINDRAMahindra128.410 Laps
76Hiroki ONOJPNLeopard RacingHonda142.012 Laps
95Jules DANILOFRAOngetta-RivacoldHonda140.713 Laps
40Darryn BINDERRSAOutox Reset Drink TeamMahindra134.617 Laps
Not Finished 1st Lap