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)
|1||44. Miguel Oliveira||KTM||Red Bull KTM Ajo||39:54.343|
|2||9. Jorge Navarro||Honda||Estrella Galicia 0,0||+0.193|
|3||5. Romano Fenati||KTM||Sky Racing Team VR46||+1.505|
|4||7. Efren Vazquez||Honda||Leopard Racing||+1.792|
|5||65. Philipp Oettl||KTM||Schedl GP Racing||+2.466|
|6||23. Niccolo Antonelli||Honda||Ongetta-Rivacold||+4.903|
|7||88. Jorge Martin||Mahindra||Mapfre Mahindra Team||+6.512|
|8||10. Alexis Masbou||Honda||Saxoprint-RTG||+15.746|
|9||16. Andrea Migno||KTM||Sky Racing Team VR46||+15.884|
|10||76. Hiroki Ono||Honda||Leopard Racing||+15.775|
|11||21. Francesco Bagnaia||Mahindra||Mapfre Mahindra Team||+16.260|
|12||29. Stefano Manzi||Mahindra||San Carlo Team Italia||+16.354|
|13||6. Maria Herrera||Husqvarna||Husqvarna Factory Laglisse||+16.899|
|14||84. Jakub Kornfeil||KTM||Drive M7 SIC Racing Team||+16.849|
|15||11. Livio Loi||Honda||RW Racing GP||+17.125|
|16||24. Tatsuki Suzuki||Mahindra||CIP||+17.560|
|17||17. John McPhee||Honda||Saxoprint-RTG||+17.690|
|18||81. Sena Yamada||Honda||Estrella Galicia 0,0||+31.050|
|19||2. Remy Gardner||Mahindra||CIP||+31.159|
|20||91. Gabriel Rodrigo||KTM||RBA Racing Team||+31.180|
|21||58. Juanfran Guevara||Mahindra||Mapfre Mahindra Team||+31.349|
|22||95. Jules Danilo||Honda||Ongetta-Rivacold||+31.383|
|23||19. Alessandro Tonucci||Mahindra||Outox Reset Drink Team||+31.759|
|24||48. Lorenzo Dalla Porta||Husqvarna||Husqvarna Factory Laglisse||+43.715|
|25||89. Khairul Idham Pawi||Honda||Honda Team Asia||+47.945|
|26||37. Davide Pizzoli||Husqvarna||Husqvarna Factory Laglisse||+48.082|
|27||22. Ana Carrasco||KTM||RBA Racing Team||+48.165|
|NC||41. Brad Binder||KTM||Red Bull KTM Ajo||+1 Lap|
|NC||52. Danny Kent||Honda||Leopard Racing||+1 Lap|
|NC||33. Enea Bastianini||Honda||Junior Team Gresini Moto3||+1 Lap|
|NC||98. Karel Hanika||KTM||Red Bull KTM Ajo||+7 Laps|
|NC||96. Manuel Pagliani||Mahindra||San Carlo Team Italia||+7 Laps|
|NC||63. Zulfahmi Khairuddin||KTM||Drive M7 SIC Racing Team||+7 Laps|
|NC||32. Isaac Vinales||KTM||RBA Racing Team||+8 Laps|
|NC||40. Darryn Binder||Mahindra||Outox Reset Drink Team||+8 Laps|