Kent Keeps Cool to Claim Catalunya Victory

Danny Kent demonstrated his supreme tactical nous once again to claim his fourth victory of the season in the Catalunya Grand Prix. The Briton led at several points but started the final lap in sixth place, only to scythe his way through the leading group to take a magnificent victory ahead of polesitter Enea Bastianini and Efren Vazquez.

From a very early stage, a leading group of nine had distanced themselves from the pack with Kent muscling to the front of the group on lap four, setting a new lap in the process. Despite his blistering pace, the championship leader was reeled back in one the start/finish straight as the power of the slipstream prevented an escape.

Danny hit the front again with five laps to go but the chasing riders relegated him to fifth in one fell swoop, prompting a change in tactic. Instead, Kent played it cool at the tail of the leading group and with 4.6km remaining, he sat at the tail of group which now comprised of six riders.

Vazquez led across the line on the sister Leopard Honda ahead of Niccolo Antonelli and Miguel Oliveira with Bastianini and Jorge Navarro between Kent and his teammate at the front. Antonelli was best placed on the run towards turn one and edged his way in front but Kent showed outstanding bravery to sweep around the outside of four riders to snatch second.

A maiden victory in sight for Antonelli but under braking for turn four, Kent dived past the Ongetta rider. Bastianini would follow through at the next corner before giving chase of his title rival but despite locking himself into the slipstream of the no.52 machine exiting the last corner, Kent held on to win by three hundredths of a second.

Vazquez showed shades of Valentino Rossi on Jorge Lorenzo in 2009, diving past Antonelli in the very last corner to snatch third, while Miguel Oliveira followed up his maiden win at Mugello with fifth in Barcelona ahead of Navarro.

Isaac Vinales produced a fine recovery ride from 20th on the grid to finish seventh ahead of Romano Fenati while Brad Binder and Philipp Oettl rounded out the top ten.



PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time
152. Danny KentHondaLeopard Racing40:59.419
233. Enea BastianiniHondaJunior Team Gresini Moto3+0.035
37. Efren VazquezHondaLeopard Racing+0.600
423. Niccolo AntonelliHondaOngetta-Rivacold+0.687
544. Miguel OliveiraKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo+0.827
69. Jorge NavarroHondaEstrella Galicia 0,0+0.913
732. Isaac VinalesHusqvarnaHusqvarna Factory Laglisse+8.871
85. Romano FenatiKTMSky Racing Team VR46+8.917
941. Brad BinderKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo+11.068
1065. Philipp OettlKTMSchedl GP Racing+14.968
1188. Jorge MartinMahindraMapfre Mahindra Team+16.596
1255. Andrea LocatelliHondaJunior Team Gresini Moto3+17.340
1331. Niklas AjoKTMRBA Racing Team+19.086
1420. Fabio QuartararoHondaEstrella Galicia 0,0+19.320
156. Maria HerreraHusqvarnaHusqvarna Factory Laglisse+19.366
1695. Jules DaniloHondaOngetta-Rivacold+22.257
1719. Alessandro TonucciMahindraOutox Reset Drink Team+23.345
1810. Alexis MasbouHondaSaxoprint-RTG+26.414
1911. Livio LoiHondaRW Racing GP+27.080
2021. Francesco BagnaiaMahindraMapfre Mahindra Team+36.956
2112. Matteo FerrariMahindraSan Carlo Team Italia+37.895
2224. Tatsuki SuzukiMahindraCIP+37.946
2322. Ana CarrascoKTMRBA Racing Team+38.088
2463. Zulfahmi KhairuddinKTMDrive M7 SIC Racing Team+53.346
252. Remy GardnerMahindraCIP+1:02.762
2658. Juanfran GuevaraMahindraMapfre Mahindra Team+1:16.487
2729. Stefano ManziMahindraSan Carlo Team Italia+1 Lap
2816. Andrea MignoKTMSky Racing Team VR46+1 Lap
NC98. Karel HanikaKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo+3 Laps
NC40. Darryn BinderMahindraOutox Reset Drink Team+5 Laps
NC17. John McPheeHondaSaxoprint-RTG+13 Laps
NC76. Hiroki OnoHondaLeopard Racing+16 Laps
NC84. Jakub KornfeilKTMDrive M7 SIC Racing Team+22 Laps
NC91. Gabriel RodrigoKTMRBA Racing Team+22 Laps