MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2015 Donington World Supersport FP3 Results: Sofuoglu Leads Ryde As Wildcards Show Form

Kenan Sofuoglu heads the session as wildcard Kyle Ryde goes second-quickest ahead of Lorenzo Zanetti and wildcard Luke Stapleford. Jules Cluzel was unable to beat his best time from yesterday, second quickest of the weekend, suffering from mechanical problems that held him back to fifth quickest. Third quickest wildcard Samuel Hornsey held off series regulars PJ Jacobsen and Kyle Smith with the sixth quickest time of the morning.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 54 K. SOFUOGLU Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'30.076   243,9
2 77 K. RYDE Yamaha YZF R6 1'30.785 0.709 245,6
3 87 L. ZANETTI MV Agusta F3 675 1'30.908 0.832 245,6
4 80 L. STAPLEFORD Triumph 675 R 1'30.951 0.875 245,6
5 16 J. CLUZEL MV Agusta F3 675 1'31.008 0.932 242,8
6 94 S. HORNSEY Triumph 675 R 1'31.131 1.055 245,6
7 99 P. JACOBSEN Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'31.179 1.103 245,0
8 111 K. SMITH Honda CBR600RR 1'31.292 1.216 243,9
9 19 K. WAHR Honda CBR600RR 1'31.299 1.223 237,5
10 14 L. MAHIAS Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'31.436 1.360 240,1
11 44 R. ROLFO Honda CBR600RR 1'31.550 1.474 242,3
12 4 G. REA Honda CBR600RR 1'31.557 1.481 240,7
14 11 C. GAMARINO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'31.720 1.644 241,2
15 84 R. RUSSO Honda CBR600RR 1'31.827 1.751 237,0
16 36 M. CARDENAS Honda CBR600RR 1'31.834 1.758 239,6
17 67 A. REID Honda CBR600RR 1'31.863 1.787 240,7
18 61 F. MENGHI Yamaha YZF R6 1'31.983 1.907 240,1
19 5 M. FACCANI Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'32.295 2.219 242,8
20 41 A. WAGNER Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'32.491 2.415 239,1
21 68 G. SCOTT Honda CBR600RR 1'32.748 2.672 241,7
22 25 A. BALDOLINI MV Agusta F3 675 1'32.882 2.806 240,1
23 74 K. CLARKE Honda CBR600RR 1'33.301 3.225 237,0
24 6 D. SCHMITTER Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'33.969 3.893 242,3
25 10 N. CALERO Honda CBR600RR 1'34.076 4.000 235,4
26 161 A. IVANOV Yamaha YZF R6 1'34.361 4.285 242,8
27 24 M. RAMIREZ Honda CBR600RR 1'34.568 4.492 237,0
28 34 E. ITURRIOZ Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'34.981 4.905 231,9

 

Race Details
Round Number: 
6
2015

2015 Donington World Superbike FP4 Results: Haslam Surprise At Flag

Just as the untimed session looked like it was going to be a Kawasaki affair, Leon Haslam posted the fastest lap of the weekend after the flag came out. Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea held off Davide Giugliano and Alex Lowes, with Chaz Davies behind, all within half a second of Haslam's time.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 91 L. HASLAM Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'28.163   270,9
2 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'28.250 0.087 268,2
3 65 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'28.283 0.120 272,3
4 34 D. GIUGLIANO Ducati Panigale R 1'28.405 0.242 269,6
5 22 A. LOWES Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'28.530 0.367 266,9
6 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 1'28.663 0.500 268,9
7 60 M. VD MARK Honda CBR1000RR SP 1'28.785 0.622 265,6
8 81 J. TORRES Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'28.836 0.673 270,2
9 2 L. CAMIER MV Agusta 1000 F4 1'29.008 0.845 264,9
10 15 M. BAIOCCO Ducati Panigale R 1'29.157 0.994 265,6
11 86 A. BADOVINI BMW S1000 RR 1'29.196 1.033 270,2
12 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'29.249 1.086 267,5
13 1 S. GUINTOLI Honda CBR1000RR SP 1'29.330 1.167 270,2
14 59 N. CANEPA Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'29.479 1.316 265,6
15 18 N. TEROL Ducati Panigale R 1'29.491 1.328 264,9
16 14 R. DE PUNIET Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'30.041 1.878 262,3
17 44 D. SALOM Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'30.153 1.990 264,9
18 36 L. MERCADO Ducati Panigale R 1'30.235 2.072 264,3
19 23 C. PONSSON Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'30.910 2.747 261,1
20 51 S. BARRAGÁN Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'31.368 3.205 255,5
21 75 G. RIZMAYER BMW S1000 RR 1'33.397 5.234 257,9
22 10 I. TOTH BMW S1000 RR 1'34.331 6.168 260,4

 

Race Details
Round Number: 
6
2015

2015 Donington World Superbike FP3 Results: Sykes Tops Another Close Session

Free Practice 3 once again took place on the Friday and Tom Sykes was quickest in the last timed session before Superpole, with the top thirteen all within a second of his time.  The ten quickest all qualify for Superpole Two, while Imre Toth and Gabor Rizmayer miss out on Superpole one as Santiago Barragan's FP2 time was quick enough to get him past the Toth bikes.

Qualifying this close on a track this quick should ensure an entertaining Superpole.  

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'28.172   264,3
2 34 D. GIUGLIANO Ducati Panigale R 1'28.283 0.111 263,6
3 65 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'28.483 0.311 264,9
4 91 L. HASLAM Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'28.516 0.344 263,6
5 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 1'28.542 0.370 263,6
6 22 A. LOWES Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'28.572 0.400 263,0
7 86 A. BADOVINI BMW S1000 RR 1'28.582 0.410 262,3
8 60 M. VD MARK Honda CBR1000RR SP 1'28.748 0.576 259,8
9 2 L. CAMIER MV Agusta 1000 F4 1'28.756 0.584 257,3
10 15 M. BAIOCCO Ducati Panigale R 1'28.787 0.615 261,1
11 81 J. TORRES Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'29.006 0.834 264,9
12 1 S. GUINTOLI Honda CBR1000RR SP 1'29.025 0.853 259,2
13 44 D. SALOM Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'29.125 0.953 259,8
14 14 R. DE PUNIET Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'29.247 1.075 257,3
15 23 C. PONSSON Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'29.743 1.571 258,6
16 36 L. MERCADO Ducati Panigale R 1'29.806 1.634 261,1
17 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'29.942 1.770 256,1
18 18 N. TEROL Ducati Panigale R 1'30.104 1.932 259,8
19 59 N. CANEPA Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'30.329 2.157 259,2
20 10 I. TOTH BMW S1000 RR 1'32.647 4.475 254,3
21 51 S. BARRAGÁN Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'32.683 4.511 250,2
22 75 G. RIZMAYER BMW S1000 RR 1'34.024 5.852 250,2

 

Race Details
Round Number: 
6
2015

2015 Donington World Supersport FP2 Results: Cluzel Leads Sofuoglu

With the benefit of a full session, Jules Cluzel posted a quicker lap his title rival Kenan Sofuoglu, although Sofuoglu's blistering time from this morning still stands as the fastest lap of the weekend. Luke Stapleford and Kyle Ryde continue to leverage their local knowledge, posting third and fourth quickest times ahead of PJ Jacobsen.  

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 16 J. CLUZEL MV Agusta F3 675 1'30.735   241,7
2 54 K. SOFUOGLU Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'30.871 0.136 236,4
3 80 L. STAPLEFORD Triumph 675 R 1'30.898 0.163 239,6
4 77 K. RYDE Yamaha YZF R6 1'30.950 0.215 239,1
5 99 P. JACOBSEN Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'31.532 0.797 238,5
6 67 A. REID Honda CBR600RR 1'31.544 0.809 235,4
7 14 L. MAHIAS Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'31.641 0.906 235,9
8 4 G. REA Honda CBR600RR 1'31.776 1.041 233,4
9 94 S. HORNSEY Triumph 675 R 1'31.955 1.220 236,4
10 19 K. WAHR Honda CBR600RR 1'32.019 1.284 231,9
11 111 K. SMITH Honda CBR600RR 1'32.186 1.451 238,0
12 5 M. FACCANI Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'32.241 1.506 235,4
13 44 R. ROLFO Honda CBR600RR 1'32.267 1.532 238,0
14 87 L. ZANETTI MV Agusta F3 675 1'32.290 1.555 238,0
15 84 R. RUSSO Honda CBR600RR 1'32.362 1.627 231,4
16 25 A. BALDOLINI MV Agusta F3 675 1'32.603 1.868 236,4
17 11 C. GAMARINO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'32.708 1.973 238,0
19 61 F. MENGHI Yamaha YZF R6 1'32.755 2.020 237,0
20 36 M. CARDENAS Honda CBR600RR 1'33.001 2.266 232,4
21 6 D. SCHMITTER Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'33.047 2.312 236,4
22 41 A. WAGNER Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'33.634 2.899 235,9
23 68 G. SCOTT Honda CBR600RR 1'33.806 3.071 233,4
24 10 N. CALERO Honda CBR600RR 1'33.915 3.180 230,4
25 161 A. IVANOV Yamaha YZF R6 1'34.772 4.037 234,4
26 24 M. RAMIREZ Honda CBR600RR 1'34.834 4.099 230,9
27 34 E. ITURRIOZ Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'35.030 4.295 227,0

 

Race Details
Round Number: 
6
2015

2015 Donington World Superbike FP2 Results: Sykes Leads Another Close Session

Once again, the top four were separated by a small amount, two tenths of a second in this case, only it was Tom Sykes that headed Davide Giugliano, Jonathan Rea and a surprisingly quick Ayrton Badovini. Chaz Davies and Leon Camier rounded out the fastest six, all under three tenths off Sykes's best time.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'28.574   263,0
2 34 D. GIUGLIANO Ducati Panigale R 1'28.729 0.155 263,6
3 65 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'28.741 0.167 266,2
4 86 A. BADOVINI BMW S1000 RR 1'28.758 0.184 265,6
5 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 1'28.794 0.220 260,4
6 2 L. CAMIER MV Agusta 1000 F4 1'28.864 0.290 258,6
7 22 A. LOWES Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'29.009 0.435 264,9
8 15 M. BAIOCCO Ducati Panigale R 1'29.166 0.592 259,8
9 60 M. VD MARK Honda CBR1000RR SP 1'29.381 0.807 257,9
10 91 L. HASLAM Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'29.440 0.866 260,4
11 1 S. GUINTOLI Honda CBR1000RR SP 1'29.629 1.055 262,3
12 44 D. SALOM Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'29.659 1.085 257,9
13 81 J. TORRES Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'29.714 1.140 263,6
14 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'30.086 1.512 257,3
15 18 N. TEROL Ducati Panigale R 1'30.225 1.651 261,1
16 36 L. MERCADO Ducati Panigale R 1'30.373 1.799 258,6
17 14 R. DE PUNIET Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'30.427 1.853 259,8
18 23 C. PONSSON Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'31.378 2.804 255,5
19 59 N. CANEPA Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'31.825 3.251 254,3
20 51 S. BARRAGÁN Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'32.497 3.923 247,9
21 75 G. RIZMAYER BMW S1000 RR 1'33.466 4.892 249,0
22 10 I. TOTH BMW S1000 RR 1'33.950 5.376 253,1

 

Race Details
Round Number: 
6
2015

2015 Donington World Supersport FP1 Results: Sofuoglu Dominates

Kenan Sofuoglu opened the weekend in dominant style, leading the session by over a second, ahead of PJ Jacobsen, wildcard rider Kyle Ryde and Jules Cluzel. Wildcards Luke Stapleford and Samuel Hornsey were fifth and sixth with Andy Reid, replacing Film Wilairot, in tenth place.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 54 K. SOFUOGLU Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'30.623   237,0
2 99 P. JACOBSEN Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'31.784 1.161 239,6
3 77 K. RYDE Yamaha YZF R6 1'31.895 1.272 241,2
4 16 J. CLUZEL MV Agusta F3 675 1'31.899 1.276 238,0
5 80 L. STAPLEFORD Triumph 675 R 1'31.938 1.315 240,1
6 94 S. HORNSEY Triumph 675 R 1'32.004 1.381 240,1
7 14 L. MAHIAS Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'32.323 1.700 234,4
8 87 L. ZANETTI MV Agusta F3 675 1'32.501 1.878 238,0
9 19 K. WAHR Honda CBR600RR 1'32.532 1.909 236,4
10 67 A. REID Honda CBR600RR 1'32.590 1.967 236,4
11 4 G. REA Honda CBR600RR 1'32.638 2.015 237,5
12 44 R. ROLFO Honda CBR600RR 1'32.843 2.220 238,0
14 25 A. BALDOLINI MV Agusta F3 675 1'33.075 2.452 235,4
15 5 M. FACCANI Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'33.183 2.560 235,4
16 84 R. RUSSO Honda CBR600RR 1'33.197 2.574 230,4
17 111 K. SMITH Honda CBR600RR 1'33.292 2.669 238,5
18 36 M. CARDENAS Honda CBR600RR 1'33.390 2.767 232,4
19 41 A. WAGNER Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'33.553 2.930 234,4
20 6 D. SCHMITTER Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'34.114 3.491 233,9
21 74 K. CLARKE Honda CBR600RR 1'34.253 3.630 231,4
22 11 C. GAMARINO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'34.538 3.915 235,9
23 61 F. MENGHI Yamaha YZF R6 1'34.548 3.925 233,9
24 68 G. SCOTT Honda CBR600RR 1'34.702 4.079 236,4
25 10 N. CALERO Honda CBR600RR 1'35.820 5.197 232,9
26 24 M. RAMIREZ Honda CBR600RR 1'36.352 5.729 231,4
27 34 E. ITURRIOZ Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'36.358 5.735 230,9
28 161 A. IVANOV Yamaha YZF R6 1'36.471 5.848 233,9

 

Race Details
Round Number: 
6
2015

2015 Donington World Superbike FP1 Results: Camier Leads Close Session

The session had an early red flag for Niccolo Canepa's Kawasaki dumping oil on the track, but the marshals dealt with it quickly and the session was restarted with very little delay. Leon Camier was quickest with a 1'29.314, with Tom Sykes, Davide Giugliano and Chaz Davies all within sixty-three thousandths of a second of his time. 

Results: 

 

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 2 L. CAMIER MV Agusta 1000 F4 1'29.314   261,1
2 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'29.349 0.035 264,3
3 34 D. GIUGLIANO Ducati Panigale R 1'29.367 0.053 263,6
4 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 1'29.377 0.063 263,0
5 65 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'29.682 0.368 264,3
6 86 A. BADOVINI BMW S1000 RR 1'29.834 0.520 261,7
7 91 L. HASLAM Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'30.044 0.730 261,7
8 1 S. GUINTOLI Honda CBR1000RR SP 1'30.156 0.842 263,6
9 44 D. SALOM Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'30.232 0.918 256,7
10 15 M. BAIOCCO Ducati Panigale R 1'30.391 1.077 260,4
11 22 A. LOWES Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'30.432 1.118 261,7
12 60 M. VD MARK Honda CBR1000RR SP 1'30.540 1.226 261,7
13 81 J. TORRES Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'30.802 1.488 264,3
14 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'30.875 1.561 256,1
15 18 N. TEROL Ducati Panigale R 1'30.996 1.682 258,6
16 36 L. MERCADO Ducati Panigale R 1'31.141 1.827 258,6
17 14 R. DE PUNIET Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'31.519 2.205 256,1
18 23 C. PONSSON Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'32.483 3.172  
19 51 S. BARRAGÁN Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'32.539 3.225 246,2
20 10 I. TOTH BMW S1000 RR 1'33.585 4.271 257,9
21 75 G. RIZMAYER BMW S1000 RR 1'34.694 5.380 249,6

 

Race Details
Round Number: 
6
2015

2015 Le Mans MotoGP Race Result: Fierce Pace Thins Out The Field

Results and summary of the MotoGP race at Le Mans:

Jorge Lorenzo has taken his form from Jerez and extended it at Le Mans. The Spaniard took a convincing victory at the French circuit, his second in a row, moving up to 2nd place in the championship and closing the gap to his teammate.

Lorenzo took charge of the race right from the start. The Spaniard got off the line well, then took the lead from Andrea Dovizioso round the outside at the first chicane. Dovizioso latched onto his tail, his Ducati teammate Andrea Iannone right behind him, with Marc Marquez struggling to compensate for a mediocre start and a difficult first few corners. The front four were soon joined by Valentino Rossi, with Bradley Smith, Cal Crutchlow and Dani Pedrosa right behind. Pedrosa's strong race lasted only another lap, the Spaniard crashing out at the chicane unhurt. He rejoined, but by then was a very long way behind the rest of the field.

Lorenzo was trying to pull a gap, but with little success. Dovizioso was sat a little way behind, with Iannone, Marquez and Rossi on is tail. Marquez was overriding an unwilling Repsol Honda, running wide and braking late, and Valentino Rossi soon capitalized on his mistakes, pushing cheekily past at the Chemin aux Boeufs esses, to take over 4th spot. Marquez' problems were not over, running wide again he let Smith pass underneath him, and was losing ground fast.

Dovizioso held station behind Lorenzo for ten laps, but in the end, his resistance cracked. The gap opened to a little over a second, and a hard charging Valentino Rossi started to pressure the Ducati man from behind. Dovizioso forestalled the inevitable for as long as possible, but eventually had to yield 2nd to Rossi. Once past, Rossi tried to give chase to Lorenzo, but the Spaniard had the strongest pace of the field, and slowly opened the gap until it became unbridgeable. Lorenzo took his second win in a row in similar style to Jerez, Valentino Rossi holding on to 2nd, and a comfortable lead in the championship, while Dovizioso returned the Ducati to the podium with a creditable 3rd.

If the battle for the podium was quickly over, the fight for 4th turned into a thriller. Once Rossi was past him, Andrea Iannone dropped quickly back off the front group, and after a big mistake which saw him lose three seconds in one lap, fell back into the clutches of Bradley Smith. But while Smith had the better pace, he could not find a way past the Ducati, Iannone exploiting both the better speed of the GP15, and its strength in braking. The pain he had been feeling in his dislocated shoulder disappeared in the heat of battle, and Iannone cleverly held Smith off to keep 4th. That allowed Marquez to catch up with his former Moto2 rivals, and engage the pair in battle. A knock-down, drag-out scrap ensued, with Marquez and Iannone pushing beyond the limit to try to get ahead of each other. Smith was left to watch bemused behind then, hoping that the two would take each other out.

After a battle that lasted nearly five laps, Marquez finally emerged victorious, taking 4th ahead of Iannone, and Smith settling for 6th. It had been a hard race for Marquez, visibly struggling to control his Honda all throughout the contest. But it had been even harder for Iannone. On Tuesday, the Italian had dislocated his shoulder in a very fast crash at Mugello, and was in severe pain while riding. To hang on to 5th position, in such fierce close combat with the world champion, speaks of incredible courage.

Behind the battle for 4th, Pol Espargaro rode a lonely race to come home in 7th, while Yonny Hernandez won the battle with Suzuki's Maverick Viñales and his Pramac Ducati teammate Danilo Petrucci rounded out the top ten.

Lorenzo's victory helps close the gap to his teammate in the championship standings, Lorenzo now trailing Rossi by just 15 points. 4th place was badly needed by Marquez, but his deficit increased to 33 points behind the Italian, while Andrea Dovizioso sits between the two in third, trailing Rossi by 19 points.

Results:

Pos No Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 99 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 43'44.143
2 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 3.820
3 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 12.380
4 93 Marc Marquez Honda 19.890
5 29 Andrea Iannone Ducati 20.237
6 38 Bradley Smith Yamaha 21.145
7 44 Pol Espargaro Yamaha 35.493
8 68 Yonny Hernandez Ducati 39.601
9 25 Maverick Viñales Suzuki 41.571
10 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 42.789
11 69 Nicky Hayden Honda 53.636
12 76 Loris Baz Yamaha Forward +1'00.617
13 8 Hector Barbera Ducati +1'04.272
14 50 Eugene Laverty Honda +1'05.259
15 19 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia +1'05.515
16 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda +1'20.907
17 15 Alex De Angelis ART +1'21.663
18 33 Marco Melandri Aprilia 1 Lap
Not Classified        
  43 Jack Miller Honda 14 Laps
  17 Karel Abraham Honda 14 Laps
  35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 21 Laps
  45 Scott Redding Honda 25 Laps
  63 Mike Di Meglio Ducati 25 Laps
  41 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 26 Laps
  6 Stefan Bradl Yamaha Forward 27 Laps

 

Race Details
Round Number: 
5
2015

2015 Le Mans Moto2 Race Result: A Lesson In Control

Results and summary of the Moto2 race from Le Mans:

Tom Luthi has taken a convincing victory in the Moto2 race at Le Mans. Luthi got off to a strong start, took control in the first third of the race, and went on to control the race from the front.

It was Sam Lowes who got the holeshot, taking advantage of a terrible start from polesitter Alex Rins, who dropped back to tenth. But Lowes was quickly overtaken by Johann Zarco, the French rider determined to win his home Grand Prix. It was Zarco who tried to make a break first, but the small gap he pulled in the early laps was not enough to open the field.

Behind Zarco, a group of three started chasing, with Lowes leading it at first, and Luthi and Tito Rabat following. But it was clear from the start that Tom Luthi had his eyes on this race, pushing forward early, and catching Zarco. The Frenchman put up a valiant defence for a couple of laps, but once Luthi got past, there was no more stopping him. Luthi ground out a pace just a little bit faster than his rivals, then maintained his lead at over a second all the way to the line.

Behind Luthi, Johann Zarco soon found himself with Tito Rabat to contend with. Rabat sat behind Zarco for most of the race, only passing him on lap 19. Rabat could pass, but could neither break Zarco nor make any impression on Luthi. Rabat took a solid 2nd place, with Zarco wrapping up 3rd. Zarco's podium spot came under attack on the very last lap from Sam Lowes, but the Englishman was too far back to have any real chance of unseating him, and Lowes had to settle for fourth.

Alex Rins' poor start left the Spaniard in real trouble, eventually fighting his way forward to fifth, but getting caught in a battle with Franco Morbidelli, Luis Salom and several others, he made a mistake and crashed out. He fought his way forward again, but crashed a second time, finishing outside of the points, and losing third spot in the title race.

Results:

Pos No Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 42'27.011
2 1 Tito Rabat Kalex 1.767
3 5 Johann Zarco Kalex 3.760
4 22 Sam Lowes Speed Up 4.076
5 21 Franco Morbidelli Kalex 14.492
6 60 Julian Simon Speed Up 14.681
7 30 Takaaki Nakagami Kalex 14.845
8 19 Xavier Simeon Kalex 15.135
9 55 Hafizh Syahrin Kalex 19.243
10 77 Dominique Aegerter Kalex 19.531
11 95 Anthony West Speed Up 29.478
12 4 Randy Krummenacher Kalex 29.646
13 23 Marcel Schrotter Tech 3 30.220
14 11 Sandro Cortese Kalex 30.691
15 49 Axel Pons Kalex 33.097
16 88 Ricard Cardus Tech 3 33.604
17 40 Alex Rins Kalex 38.293
18 3 Simone Corsi Kalex 39.001
19 25 Azlan Shah Kalex 43.459
20 70 Robin Mulhauser Kalex 57.742
21 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex +1'09.399
22 10 Thitipong Warokorn Kalex +1'17.247
23 66 Florian Alt Suter +1'17.646
24 2 Jesko Raffin Kalex +1'17.837
25 51 Zaqhwan Zaidi Suter +1'33.192
26 20 Louis Bulle Transfiormers 1 Lap
Not Classified
  39 Luis Salom Kalex 2 Laps
  36 Mika Kallio Kalex 14 Laps
  94 Jonas Folger Kalex 17 Laps
  96 Louis Rossi Tech 3 22 Laps
  73 Alex Marquez Kalex 22 Laps

 

Race Details
Round Number: 
5
2015

2015 Le Mans Moto3 Race Result: Fierce Battle Goes Down To The Line

Results and summary of a thrilling Moto3 race at Le Mans:

Romano Fenati has won a fierce four-way battle to break the Honda stranglehold on the Moto3 class, and take his first victory of the season. 

The Italian was strong from the beginning, part of a large Italian contingent who broke away at the start of the race. Niccolo Antonelli got the holeshot, pulling Pecco Bagnaia and Fenati along in his wake, along with polesitter Fabio Quartararo and a group of some eight or nine riders. Fenati quickly took over at the front and tried to break a gap, as the others battled behind him, but once Enea Bastianini got past Quartararo, he was quickly closed down.

The group slowly started thinning out, as riders failed to follow the pace of the leaders, but the battling also allowed Danny Kent to close in. The championship leader had survived the melee at the first chicane after starting 31st, and had quickly picked his way forward and into the top ten. From there, he ran fast smooth laps picking off riders one by one to move up the field. 

With six laps to go the pace started hotting up, Fabio Quartararo crashing out of the lead group. By this time, Kent was struggling with Niccolo Antonelli over 5th place. Once past the Italian, he inched closer to the lead group, catching them with three to go. The Englishman  kept his cool while Fenati, Bastianini and Bagnaia scrapped over the lead, making his way past Bastianini and Bagnaia when he could, but not willing to risk too much to defend the position.

Fenati led for the last couple of laps, but always had either Bagnaia or Bastianini snapping at his heels. Bastianini looked out of contention after dropping behind Kent to fourth, but a brilliant charge on the final lap saw him get past the Englishman and Bagnaia and start to push Fenati for the lead. He got onto Fenati's back wheel in the last couple of corners, but could not get past Fenati, the Sky VR46 rider the strongest of the bunch. 

Fenati took victory, ahead of Bastianini, while Bagnaia got past Kent to take 3rd, Kent seeing his chance to extend his lead in the championship after title rivals Quartararo and Efren Vazquez had crashed out, and not willing to risk all that for a spot on the podium, especially after his team had shown him "P4 OK" on his pit board. Kent's 4th place means his lead is now up to 37 points, with Bastianini now second in the championship.

Fenati's win is the first for KTM this season, and with Bagnaia on the Mahindra, it meant all three Moto3 manufacturers got on the podium. 

Results:

Pos No Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 5 Romano Fenati KTM 41'22.829
2 33 Enea Bastianini Honda 0.122
3 21 Francesco Bagnaia Mahindra 0.457
4 52 Danny Kent Honda 0.693
5 23 Niccolò Antonelli Honda 2.244
6 84 Jakub Kornfeil KTM 2.421
7 32 Isaac Viñales Husqvarna 2.587
8 44 Miguel Oliveira KTM 4.065
9 16 Andrea Migno KTM 14.876
10 65 Philipp Oettl KTM 22.588
11 76 Hiroki Ono Honda 23.247
12 58 Juanfran Guevara Mahindra 26.231
13 11 Livio Loi Honda 26.470
14 63 Zulfahmi Khairuddin KTM 26.677
15 29 Stefano Manzi Mahindra 26.841
16 55 Andrea Locatelli Honda 28.484
17 17 John Mcphee Honda 33.193
18 22 Ana Carrasco KTM 38.979
19 6 Maria Herrera Husqvarna 39.450
20 98 Karel Hanika KTM 58.182
Not Classified  
  88 Jorge Martin Mahindra 1 Lap
  10 Alexis Masbou Honda 3 Laps
  31 Niklas Ajo KTM 3 Laps
  24 Tatsuki Suzuki Mahindra 5 Laps
  20 Fabio Quartararo Honda 7 Laps
  12 Matteo Ferrari Mahindra 13 Laps
  95 Jules Danilo Honda 14 Laps
  40 Darryn Binder Mahindra 15 Laps
  9 Jorge Navarro Honda 19 Laps
  19 Alessandro Tonucci Mahindra 22 Laps
  2 Remy Gardner Mahindra 0 Lap
Not Finished 1st Lap  
  91 Gabriel Rodrigo KTM 0 Lap
  41 Brad Binder KTM 0 Lap
  7 Efren Vazquez Honda 0 Lap

 

Race Details
Round Number: 
5
2015

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