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:

Pos. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time/Gap
1 25 52 Danny KENT GBR Leopard Racing Honda 143.3 41’32.287
2 20 20 Fabio QUARTARARO FRA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda 142.8 +8.532
3 16 7 Efren VAZQUEZ SPA Leopard Racing Honda 142.8 +8.652
4 13 33 Enea BASTIANINI ITA Gresini Racing Team Moto3 Honda 142.8 +8.811
5 11 41 Brad BINDER RSA Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 142.7 +9.556
6 10 17 John MCPHEE GBR SAXOPRINT RTG Honda 142.5 +13.869
7 9 55 Andrea LOCATELLI ITA Gresini Racing Team Moto3 Honda 142.1 +20.442
8 8 5 Romano FENATI ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM 142.1 +20.611
9 7 32 Isaac VIÑALES SPA Husqvarna Factory Laglisse Husqvarna 142.1 +20.863
10 6 98 Karel HANIKA CZE Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 142.1 +20.913
11 5 84 Jakub KORNFEIL CZE Drive M7 SIC KTM 142.1 +21.249
12 4 16 Andrea MIGNO ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM 141.9 +23.725
13 3 65 Philipp OETTL GER Schedl GP Racing KTM 141.5 +32.218
14 2 31 Niklas AJO FIN RBA Racing Team KTM 141.2 +36.702
15 1 12 Matteo FERRARI ITA San Carlo Team Italia Mahindra 141.2 +37.283
16 10 Alexis MASBOU FRA SAXOPRINT RTG Honda 140.6 +47.027
17 6 Maria HERRERA SPA Husqvarna Factory Laglisse Husqvarna 140.0 +59.257
18 2 Remy GARDNER AUS CIP Mahindra 139.7 +1’03.748
19 91 Gabriel RODRIGO ARG RBA Racing Team KTM 139.7 +1’04.611
20 63 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN MAL Drive M7 SIC KTM 139.0 +1’16.968
21 19 Alessandro TONUCCI ITA Outox Reset Drink Team Mahindra 138.4 +1’27.397
22 22 Ana CARRASCO SPA RBA Racing Team KTM 137.7 +1’40.409
23 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI ITA Ongetta-Rivacold Honda 137.6 +1’43.841
24 29 Stefano MANZI ITA San Carlo Team Italia Mahindra 137.4 +1’46.105
25 11 Livio LOI BEL RW Racing GP Honda 131.5 1 Lap
Not Classified
24 Tatsuki SUZUKI JPN CIP Mahindra 137.4 1 Lap
44 Miguel OLIVEIRA POR Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 142.5 8 Laps
21 Francesco BAGNAIA ITA MAPFRE Team MAHINDRA Mahindra 142.4 9 Laps
9 Jorge NAVARRO SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda 142.3 9 Laps
88 Jorge MARTIN SPA MAPFRE Team MAHINDRA Mahindra 128.4 10 Laps
76 Hiroki ONO JPN Leopard Racing Honda 142.0 12 Laps
95 Jules DANILO FRA Ongetta-Rivacold Honda 140.7 13 Laps
40 Darryn BINDER RSA Outox Reset Drink Team Mahindra 134.6 17 Laps
Not Finished 1st Lap
58 Juanfran GUEVARA SPA MAPFRE Team MAHINDRA Mahindra 0 Lap