Oliveira Wins at Aragon after Dramatic Finish


Miguel Oliveira steered clear of chaos on the final lap of the Aragon Grand Prix to take his third victory of the 2015 season. The Portuguese rider led from the front while championship rivals Danny Kent and Enea Bastianini both crashed out in separate incidents, keeping the gap between the two at 55 points with four races remaining.

In a race which saw numbers in the leading group hit double figures at one point, Oliveira was an ever present at the sharp end, never falling outside the top three. However with a lap to go, his Red Bull KTM Ajo teammate appeared to be in the box seat with Brad Binder holding a slight advantage.

Oliveira set about changing that immediately by outdragging the South African on the approach to turn one but the drama was only just beginning. Four corners from home, Binder was tagged from behind by the chasing Bastianini, the Italian desperate to put an extra bike between himself and Kent who was lying fifth behind Jorge Navarro. The end result was contact which eliminated Bastianini and Binder, promoting Navarro and Kent into the rostrum spots.

Despite staring at a sixteen point gain and a virtually unassailable championship advantage, Kent went on the attack at the final corner with his eyes on Navarro’s second place. Unfortunately for the Briton, his attempts to take a tighter line around turn sixteen only succeeded in high-siding his Honda. Danny was out on the spot and Bastianini was handed a remarkable reprieve.

Navarro held onto second for the first podium of his Grand Prix career, a magnificent achievement after a heavy crash in morning warm-up, while Romano Fenati inherited the final place on the rostrum. Efren Vazquez salvaged fourth for Leopard Racing ahead of the impressive Philipp Oettl while Niccolo Antonelli completed the top six.

2014 Red Bull Rookies champion Jorge Martin produced his best Moto3 performance to date in seventh, keeping the leading group in sight throughout, while Alexis Masbou, Andrea Migno and Hiroki Ono rounded out the top ten.

 

MOTO3 GRAN PREMIO MOVISTAR DE ARAGON: RACE RESULT (20 LAPS)

PosRiderConstructorTeamTime/Gap
144. Miguel OliveiraKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo39:54.343
29. Jorge NavarroHondaEstrella Galicia 0,0+0.193
35. Romano FenatiKTMSky Racing Team VR46+1.505
47. Efren VazquezHondaLeopard Racing+1.792
565. Philipp OettlKTMSchedl GP Racing+2.466
623. Niccolo AntonelliHondaOngetta-Rivacold+4.903
788. Jorge MartinMahindraMapfre Mahindra Team+6.512
810. Alexis MasbouHondaSaxoprint-RTG+15.746
916. Andrea MignoKTMSky Racing Team VR46+15.884
1076. Hiroki OnoHondaLeopard Racing+15.775
1121. Francesco BagnaiaMahindraMapfre Mahindra Team+16.260
1229. Stefano ManziMahindraSan Carlo Team Italia+16.354
136. Maria HerreraHusqvarnaHusqvarna Factory Laglisse+16.899
1484. Jakub KornfeilKTMDrive M7 SIC Racing Team+16.849
1511. Livio LoiHondaRW Racing GP+17.125
1624. Tatsuki SuzukiMahindraCIP+17.560
1717. John McPheeHondaSaxoprint-RTG+17.690
1881. Sena YamadaHondaEstrella Galicia 0,0+31.050
192. Remy GardnerMahindraCIP+31.159
2091. Gabriel RodrigoKTMRBA Racing Team+31.180
2158. Juanfran GuevaraMahindraMapfre Mahindra Team+31.349
2295. Jules DaniloHondaOngetta-Rivacold+31.383
2319. Alessandro TonucciMahindraOutox Reset Drink Team+31.759
2448. Lorenzo Dalla PortaHusqvarnaHusqvarna Factory Laglisse+43.715
2589. Khairul Idham PawiHondaHonda Team Asia+47.945
2637. Davide PizzoliHusqvarnaHusqvarna Factory Laglisse+48.082
2722. Ana CarrascoKTMRBA Racing Team+48.165
NC41. Brad BinderKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo+1 Lap
NC52. Danny KentHondaLeopard Racing+1 Lap
NC33. Enea BastianiniHondaJunior Team Gresini Moto3+1 Lap
NC98. Karel HanikaKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo+7 Laps
NC96. Manuel PaglianiMahindraSan Carlo Team Italia+7 Laps
NC63. Zulfahmi KhairuddinKTMDrive M7 SIC Racing Team+7 Laps
NC32. Isaac VinalesKTMRBA Racing Team+8 Laps
NC40. Darryn BinderMahindraOutox Reset Drink Team+8 Laps