2015 Mugello Moto3 Results
Portugal made history Sunday during round six of the 2015 Moto3 Championship when one of its riders – Miguel Oliveira – became the first Portuguese winner in Grand Prix motorcycle racing history.
Red Bull KTM’s Oliveria won the Moto3 GP at Mugello following a huge battle between 16 riders. Throughout the race, riders ran through the first corner four or more abreast. The strip stream was important at Mugello, and allowed some riders to go from as far back as ninth to first.
Riders like Romano Fenati and the pole sitter, Leopard Racing Honda’s Danny Kent, would led the race multiple times after being outside the top 10 just a lap before.
The same was true of Oliveira, who was down in 13th on the opening laps. But he used the slipstream and fought hard to earn the lead, where he remained during the final laps. His victory wasn’t a runaway, though; he won by a mere 0.071 of a second ahead of Kent. Taking the final podium was the Italian Romano Fenati on the Sky Racing Team VR46 KTM donning Italy’s colors.
This was Kent’s fifth podium of the year, which allows him to extend his championship lead to 46 points over Gresini Racing Team Moto3 Honda’s Enea Bastianini, who finished fifth. Earning fourth was Mapfre Team Mahindra’s Francesco Bagnaia.
Rounding out the top 10 were Ongetta-Rivacold Honda’s Niccolo Antonelli, Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda’s Jorge Navarro, Husqvarna Factory Laglisse’s Isaac Vinales, Saxoprint RTG Honda’s Alexis Masbou and Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Brad Binder.
Hiroki Ono had started in second and led into Turn 1 on the opening lap, but unfortunately, the Japanese rider did not have the pace to stay with the leaders over the course of the race. He would eventually finish in 11th, equalling his best finish of the 2015 season, MotoGP reports.
Mugello was another disappointing round for Fabio Quartararo, the rookie falling while in the leading pack. He now drops to seventh in the championship. There were also falls from Vazquez and Hanika on the last lap, the duo both OK. Juanfran Guevara aggravated his collarbone injury sustained in Jerez, as he too fell from the race, MotoGP reports.
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