Danny Kent has tightened his grip on the 2015 Moto3 world championship after crushing the competition at the Sachsenring. The Briton was in a class of his own, producing the kind of dominance previously displayed in America and Argentina, to beat his Leopard Racing teammate Efren Vazquez by 7.5 seconds.
The pre-race headlines were made overnight by race direction’s decision to hand out three place grid penalties to no fewer than eleven riders for going too slow on the racing line during qualifying. Second-fastest qualifier Enea Bastianini was the most high-profile rider on the list, falling to fifth on the grid, but that didn’t stop him taking the fight to Kent in the early stages of the race.
The Italian’s hopes of a maiden Grand Prix win started to fade on lap four when he was overtaken by Vazquez and when he became embroiled in a battle with Karel Hanika for third, Bastianini soon lost contact with the Leopard duo. Vazquez comfortably eased away as the fighting intensified but the Spaniard wasn’t exactly putting his teammate under pressure, with Kent pulling away at half a second per lap.
With Danny enjoying the front of the race all to himself, the scrap for the final podium position became the main focus and Romano Fenati was emerging as the major threat to Bastianini. Having led a chasing group onto the tail of the podium challengers, the Sky VR46 began picking the riders off in front of him as he climbed from tenth right into the rostrum reckoning.
After overtaking three riders in a single manoeuvre on lap 23 to take fourth, Romano eased into third at the expense of Niccolo Antonelli but Bastianini wasn’t finished. Leaving his braking desperately late into the penultimate bend, Enea regained third and resisted a last corner lunge from his compatriot to take third with Fenati fourth ahead of Antonelli.
Jorge Navarro rode impressively once again to finish sixth ahead of Brad Binder and Alexis Masbou while Andrea Locatelli and Niklas Ajo, two other riders to receive pre-race penalties, rounded out the top ten. Karel Hanika, who started the race in second, faded dreadfully to an eventual thirteenth.
MOTO3 GOPRO MOTORRAD GRAND PRIX DEUTSCHLAND: RACE RESULT
|1||52. Danny Kent||Honda||Leopard Racing||39:29.359|
|2||7. Efren Vazquez||Honda||Leopard Racing||+7.554|
|3||33. Enea Bastianini||Honda||Junior Team Gresini Moto3||+9.603|
|4||5. Romano Fenati||KTM||Sky Racing Team VR46||+9.629|
|5||23. Niccolo Antonelli||Honda||Ongetta-Rivacold||+9.664|
|6||9. Jorge Navarro||Honda||Estrella Galicia 0,0||+9.807|
|7||41. Brad Binder||KTM||Red Bull KTM Ajo||+9.837|
|8||10. Alexis Masbou||Honda||Saxoprint-RTG||+10.266|
|9||55. Andrea Locatelli||Honda||Junior Team Gresini Moto3||+10.352|
|10||31. Niklas Ajo||KTM||RBA Racing Team||+11.558|
|11||65. Philipp Oettl||KTM||Schedl GP Racing||+11.777|
|12||88. Jorge Martin||Mahindra||Mapfre Mahindra Team||+18.416|
|13||98. Karel Hanika||KTM||Red Bull KTM Ajo||+18.426|
|14||84. Jakub Kornfeil||KTM||Drive M7 SIC Racing Team||+28.782|
|15||95. Jules Danilo||Honda||Ongetta-Rivacold||+28.892|
|16||11. Livio Loi||Honda||RW Racing GP||+28.958|
|17||17. John McPhee||Honda||Saxoprint-RTG||+29.218|
|18||32. Isaac Vinales||Husqvarna||Husqvarna Factory Laglisse||+29.478|
|19||63. Zulfahmi Khairuddin||KTM||Drive M7 SIC Racing Team||+29.750|
|20||40. Darryn Binder||Mahindra||Outox Reset Drink Team||+45.844|
|21||16. Andrea Migno||KTM||Sky Racing Team VR46||+46.658|
|22||29. Stefano Manzi||Mahindra||San Carlo Team Italia||+46.780|
|23||2. Remy Gardner||Mahindra||CIP||+46.840|
|24||19. Alessandro Tonucci||Mahindra||Outox Reset Drink Team||+46.965|
|25||12. Matteo Ferrari||Mahindra||San Carlo Team Italia||+47.339|
|26||91. Gabriel Rodrigo||KTM||RBA Racing Team||+1:06.125|
|27||45. Jonas Geitner||KTM||Freudenberg Racing Team||+1:24.437|
|NC||22. Ana Carrasco||KTM||RBA Racing Team||+4 Laps|
|NC||6. Maria Herrera||Husqvarna||Husqvarna Factory Laglisse||+4 Laps|
|NC||24. Tatsuki Suzuki||Mahindra||CIP||+7 Laps|
|NC||97. Maximilian Kappler||FTR Honda||Saxoprint-RTG||+15 Laps|
|NC||20. Fabio Quartararo||Honda||Estrella Galicia 0,0||+22 Laps|
|NC||21. Francesco Bagnaia||Mahindra||Mapfre Mahindra Team||+22 Laps|
|NC||76. Hiroki Ono||Honda||Leopard Racing||+26 Laps|
|NS||58. Juanfran Guevara||Mahindra||Mapfre Mahindra Team||Injured|
|NS||44. Miguel Oliveira||KTM||Red Bull KTM Ajo||Injured|