2015 Brno Moto3 Results
Ongetta-Rivacold’s Niccolo Antonelli claimed his maiden Moto3 victory in a exhilarating 12–lap race at Brno in the Czech Republic after the original was red flagged. The Italian took the 2015 Brno Moto3 race win by just 0.152 of a second from Gresini Racing Team Moto3’s Enea Bastianini, with Brad Binder completing the podium on the Red Bull KTM Ajo.
There were dramatic scenes at the legendary Automotodrom Brno as the original race saw two four-rider crashes, with the second resulting in the red flag being shown. The first incident of 2015 Brno Moto3 occurred at turn 1 and involved Tatsuki Suzuki, Niklas Ajo, Phillip Oettl and Jules Danilo.
The second was a turn 3 and saw Andrea Locatelli, Lorenzo Dalla Porta, Gabriel Rodrigo and Hiroki Ono crash. Rodrigo and Ono were taken to the Medical Centre for checks on their left leg and right foot respectively, with Rodrigo being taken to Brno Hospital for further checks and both riders missing the restart. Ajo and Locatelli also failed to re-take their starting spots on the grid.
The re-started 2015 Brno Moto3 race saw a number of riders switch to the soft tire option due to the reduced length. The race itself was a frantic sprint which saw 11 riders break away at the front and open up a 2 second gap after the first seven laps. There were incredibly dramatic scenes as at times riders were eight abreast entering into corners, and the lead swapped hands multiple times between Antonelli, Miguel Oliveira, Brad Binder, Danny Kent and Efren Vazquez.
Antonelli took the lead at 2015 Brno Moto3 with two laps remaining and didn’t look back, going on to claim his first GP victory, and his first podium finish on his 62nd attempt. His compatriot Bastianini fought his way back from 15th on the grid to claim second. South African Brad Binder had been dicing for the lead the entire race, but had to settle for third, 0.376 of a second behind the winner.
Leopard Racing’s Efren Vazquez (+0.540 of a second) crossed the line in fourth, ahead of the Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda of Jorge Navarro (+0.560). Romano Fenati (+0.821) on the SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM had a brilliant race to finish in sixth. The Italian had to claw his way through the field after starting from 22nd due to receiving a 3-place penalty from Race Direction for riding slowly on the racing line during Qualifying. On lap six of 2015 Brno Moto3 he was up to eighth, and was in second on the final lap before dropping back to sixth in the last few corners.
Championship leader Danny Kent (Leopard Racing) looked like he was managing the race superbly from the middle of the leading group. Unfortunately contact with Navarro on the penultimate lap knocked the British rider out of his rhythm and he could only manage to finish in seventh.
Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Ajo), local hero Jakub Kornfeil (Drive M7 SIC), and Scottish rider John McPhee (SAXOPRINT RTG) completed the top 10 at 2015 Brno Moto3. Fabio Quartararo, Isaac Viñales, Karel Hanika and Jules Danilo crashed out on just the second lap, with the latter two managing to re-join to finish 26th and 27th respectively. Alexis Masbou and Kevin Hanus also recorded DNFs.
Kent (199 points) still tops the Moto3 standings but his lead over Bastianini (154 pints) has been reduced to 41 points with seven races remaining. Fenati remains in third with 122 points. The 2015 Moto3 series now breaks for two weeks ahead of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.