Catalunya Moto3 2015 Results | Kent by 0.035 of a Second!

Catalunya Moto3 2015 Results | Kent by 0.035 of a Second!
Danny Kent earns win by a mere 0035 of a second.

Catalunya Moto3 2015 Results

Catalunya Moto3 2015 Results | Kent by 0.035 of a Second!
Danny Kent earns win by a mere 0035 of a second.

Just as in Moto2, the battle for the Moto3 race at the Catalunya-Barcelona Circuit came down to the final lap.

Actually, round seven in the 2015 MotoGP Championship came down to the start/finish line where Leopard Racing’s Danny Kent beat reival Enea Bastianini by a mere 0.035 of a second. Earning the final podium position was Kent’s teammate Erfen Vacquez.

There was a spectacular six-way battle at the front of another captivating 22-lap Moto3 race that ended with Kent mounting a last lap charge to take a sensational victory at the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya.

Gresini Racing Team Moto3’s 17-year-old Italian Bastianini crossed the line in second, with Kent’s teammate Efren Vazquez making a daring move on the last corner to snatch third from Ongetta-Rivacold’s Niccolo Antonelli.

In near perfect conditions (Track temp 40°C) it was Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Miguel Oliveira that led into turn 1. But it was soon clear that no one would be able to make a break like Kent did in Texas and Argentina due to the slipstream effect on the long straight.

Within a few laps Kent, Bastianini, Oliveira, Vazquez, Antonelli and Estrella Galicia’s Jorge Navarro had managed to break away from the rest of the field.

A dramatic fight for the win ensued with the lead changing hands at almost every corner. Numerous times Kent, who had a 46-point lead in the championship standings before the race, tried to break the leading group but each time he opened up an advantage, the group simply swallowed him back up on the start/finish straight.

It came down to a thrilling final lap and Kent made his move, with only Bastianini able to go with him. Kent knew he had to lead out of the last corner to take the victory, and the Brit held his nerve to take the chequered flag for his fourth win of the season. In the process Kent became the first Briton to win four or more races in a Grand Prix season since Barry Sheene in 1977 (6x500cc victories).

Bastianini (+0.035s) crossed the line just behind Kent, while Vazquez (+0.600s) managed to pass Antonelli at the last corner to secure the last step of the podium. Mugello race-winner Oliveira finished in fifth as the leading KTM rider ahead of Navarro, who celebrated a career best sixth.

Isaac Viñales on the Husqvarna Factory Laglisse won the fight for seventh at the head of the chasing pack, beating Sky Racing Team VR46’s Romano Fenati (eighth) and Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) across the line. Schedl Racing GP’s Philippe Oettl completed the top ten, just under 15 seconds behind Kent.

Frenchman Fabio Quartararo finished down in fourteenth, ahead of Maria Herrera who crossed the line in 15th to score he first World Championship point scoring finish.

There was an incident on the first lap between Gabriel Rodrigo, Jakub Kornfeil and Stefano Manzi, which saw them all fall, with the latter managing to remount. There were also crashes for Karel Hanika, Darryn Binder, John McPhee and Hiroki Ono.

The Moto3 Championship now breaks for two weeks before heading to the Assen TT in the Netherlands.

Catalunya Moto3 2015 Results:

12552Danny KENTGBRLeopard RacingHonda152.240’59.419
22033Enea BASTIANINIITAGresini Racing Team Moto3Honda152.2+0.035
3167Efren VAZQUEZSPALeopard RacingHonda152.1+0.600
41323Niccolò ANTONELLIITAOngetta-RivacoldHonda152.1+0.687
51144Miguel OLIVEIRAPORRed Bull KTM AjoKTM152.1+0.827
6109Jorge NAVARROSPAEstrella Galicia 0,0Honda152.1+0.913
7932Isaac VIÑALESSPAHusqvarna Factory LaglisseHusqvarna151.6+8.871
885Romano FENATIITASKY Racing Team VR46KTM151.6+8.917
9741Brad BINDERRSARed Bull KTM AjoKTM151.5+11.068
10665Philipp OETTLGERSchedl GP RacingKTM151.3+14.968
11588Jorge MARTINSPAMAPFRE Team MAHINDRAMahindra151.2+16.596
12455Andrea LOCATELLIITAGresini Racing Team Moto3Honda151.1+17.340
13331Niklas AJOFINRBA Racing TeamKTM151.0+19.086
14220Fabio QUARTARAROFRAEstrella Galicia 0,0Honda151.0+19.320
1516Maria HERRERASPAHusqvarna Factory LaglisseHusqvarna151.0+19.366
1695Jules DANILOFRAOngetta-RivacoldHonda150.8+22.257
1719Alessandro TONUCCIITAOutox Reset Drink TeamMahindra150.7+23.345
1810Alexis MASBOUFRASAXOPRINT RTGHonda150.6+26.414
1911Livio LOIBELRW Racing GPHonda150.5+27.080
2021Francesco BAGNAIAITAMAPFRE Team MAHINDRAMahindra149.9+36.956
2112Matteo FERRARIITASan Carlo Team ItaliaMahindra149.9+37.895
2224Tatsuki SUZUKIJPNCIPMahindra149.9+37.946
2322Ana CARRASCOSPARBA Racing TeamKTM149.9+38.088
2463Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDINMALDrive M7 SICKTM148.9+53.346
252Remy GARDNERAUSCIPMahindra148.4+1’02.762
2658Juanfran GUEVARASPAMAPFRE Team MAHINDRAMahindra147.6+1’16.487
2729Stefano MANZIITASan Carlo Team ItaliaMahindra143.91 Lap
2816Andrea MIGNOITASKY Racing Team VR46KTM143.81 Lap
Not Classified
98Karel HANIKACZERed Bull KTM AjoKTM151.03 Laps
40Darryn BINDERRSAOutox Reset Drink TeamMahindra145.45 Laps
76Hiroki ONOJPNLeopard RacingHonda151.416 Laps
Not Finished 1st Lap
91Gabriel RODRIGOARGRBA Racing TeamKTM0 Lap