Dominant Kent Leads Leopard Racing 1-2 in Argentina


Danny Kent produced another astonishing display of dominance to win the Argentine Grand Prix at Termas de Rio Hondo. The Briton set a new record winning margin for a dry Moto3 race last weekend in Texas but smashed his own record in Argentina, beating Leopard Racing teammate Efren Vazquez by over ten seconds.

The action kicked off, quite literally, in the morning warm-up as 2014 winner Romano Fenati was seen lashing out with his feet at Niklas Ajo, kicking the Finn’s machine on the slow-down lap after the chequered flag. That alone had attracted the attention of race direction but Fenati compounded his situation by switching Ajo’s KTM off as they lined up together for a practice start. His punishment was three penalty points which, added to the point he picked up here last season, combined to relegate him from eighth on the grid to stone last.

The early stages of the Grand Prix followed a similar pattern to Austin with Kent content to let his rivals set the pace before making his move three laps in. Isaac Vinales was overhauled on lap three and initially looked able to hang onto the no.52 Honda but a dramatic incident on lap five gave Danny the break he needed.

While chasing Vinales for second, Niccolo Antonelli went into battle with the Estrella Galicia Honda of Jorge Navarro but under braking for turn seven, the Spanish rookie lost the front end of the no.9 machine and wiped out third-placed Antonelli. Vinales was also distracted by the mayhem and lost a second to the race leader and once the slipstream was lost, Kent became a bright blue spec in the distance.

With Kent out on his own, cruising to a second consecutive victory, the fight for the right to finish as best of the rest comprised of the entire compliment of points-scorers. In the end, Vazquez muscled his way to the front of the group, pipping Vinales by 0.062s with the Laglisse rider claiming the first podium of the season for KTM or Husqvarna.

After a sizeable error dropped him out of the points on lap four, polesitter Miguel Oliveira battled bravely to finish fourth ahead of teammate Brad Binder with Fabio Quartararo edging out the third Red Bull Ajo KTM of Karel Hanika. Romano Fenati was next up, putting his aggression to good use this time in his charge through the field to eighth with Enea Bastianini and Fenati’s morning adversary Ajo rounding out the top ten.

 

Moto3 GP RED BULL DE LA REPÚBLICA ARGENTINA – RACE RESULT (21 LAPS)

PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time
152. Danny KentHondaLeopard Racing38:25.621
27. Efren VazquezHondaLeopard Racing+10.334
332. Isaac VinalesHusqvarnaHusqvarna Factory Laglisse+10.396
444. Miguel OliveiraKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo+10.767
541. Brad BinderKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo+11.117
620. Fabio QuartararoHondaEstrella Galicia 0,0+11.195
798. Karel HanikaKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo+11.388
85. Romano FenatiKTMSky Racing Team VR46+11.603
933. Enea BastianiniHondaJunior Team Gresini Moto3+11.712
1031. Niklas AjoKTMRBA Racing Team+11.806
1121. Francesco BagnaiaMahindraMapfre Mahindra Team+11.958
1211. Livio LoiHondaRW Racing GP+12.355
1376. Hiroki OnoHondaLeopard Racing+12.501
1484. Jakub KornfeilKTMDrive M7 SIC Racing Team+12.644
1517. John McPheeHondaSaxoprint-RTG+12.772
1665. Philipp OettlKTMSchedl GP Racing+22.477
1716. Andrea MignoKTMSky Racing Team VR46+23.352
1829. Stefano ManziMahindraSan Carlo Team Italia+28.746
192. Remy GardnerMahindraCIP+30.409
2063. Zulfahmi KhairuddinKTMDrive M7 SIC Racing Team+30.644
2112. Matteo FerrariMahindraSan Carlo Team Italia+30.786
2288. Jorge MartinMahindraMapfre Mahindra Team+44.095
2355. Andrea LocatelliHondaJunior Team Gresini Moto3+45.153
2440. Darryn BinderMahindraOutox Reset Drink Team+49.149
2519. Alessandro TonucciMahindraOutox Reset Drink Team+51.073
2622. Ana CarrascoKTMRBA Racing Team+56.185
2724. Tatsuki SuzukiMahindraCIP+1:01.461
2891. Gabriel RodrigoKTMRBA Racing Team+1 Lap
NC9. Jorge NavarroHondaEstrella Galicia 0,0+6 Laps
NC58. Juanfran GuevaraMahindraMapfre Mahindra Team+9 Laps
NC10. Alexis MasbouHondaSaxoprint-RTG+14 Laps
NC23. Niccolo AntonelliHondaOngetta-Rivacold+17 Laps
NC95. Jules DaniloHondaOngetta-Rivacold+18 Laps
NC6. Maria HerreraHusqvarnaHusqvarna Factory Laglisse+21 Laps