2015 Sachsenring Moto3 Race Result: Half The Series Raced

After a reorganised grid, with the shenanigans of qualifying sorted out, would the shuffle affect the race result?

Karel Hanika led Efren Vazquez into the first corner as Fabian Quartararo wasted his front row start, falling back to seventh place. Danny Kent, dominant throughout qualifying, took until turn twelve of the first lap to get to the front.

On the second lap, Kent and his teammate Vazquez led but Enea Bastianini and Brad Binder both led at one point, trying to break Kent's rhythm and keep him from matching his qualifying pace, but Kent passed Bastianini before the lap finished and he set about building a gap.

Mid way through the third lap, Kent had a half second gap over Vazquez and the two were visibly quicker than the rest of the pack and on the fifth lap, when Kent's tyres came to him, the pair cleared off. On the seventh lap, Kent and Vazquez had over two seconds between them and the chasing battle of seven riders fighting for third.

Kent settled into his own pace, leaving Vazquez in a lonely second place while Brad Binder, Niccolò Antonelli, Enea Bastianini and the rest of the first pack were eventually joined by the second pack, making the battle for third stretch all the way back to thirteenth place.

Roman Fenati clawed his way from that second group to scrap for third place with Antonelli and Bastianini and led into the last corner but over-braked on the last corner of the last lap, giving Bastianini the momentum to pass him by the finish line.

Danny Kent won a measured race with over seven seconds between him and his teammate Efren Vazquez in second. Enea Bastianini took third place a further two seconds behind.

Kent now leads the championship by 66 points from Bastianini at the halfway mark of the series, nine races of eighteen done.


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Gap
1 52 Danny KENT Honda 39'29.359
2 7 Efren VAZQUEZ Honda +7.554
3 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda +9.603
4 5 Romano FENATI KTM +9.629
5 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda +9.664
6 9 Jorge NAVARRO Honda +9.807
7 41 Brad BINDER KTM +9.837
8 10 Alexis MASBOU Honda +10.266
9 55 Andrea LOCATELLI Honda +10.352
10 31 Niklas AJO KTM +11.558
11 65 Philipp OETTL KTM +11.777
12 88 Jorge MARTIN Mahindra +18.416
13 98 Karel HANIKA KTM +18.426
14 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM +28.782
15 95 Jules DANILO Honda +28.892
16 11 Livio LOI Honda +28.958
17 17 John MCPHEE Honda +29.218
18 32 Isaac VIÑALES Husqvarna +29.478
19 63 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN KTM +29.750
20 40 Darryn BINDER Mahindra +45.844
21 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM +46.658
22 29 Stefano MANZI Mahindra +46.780
23 2 Remy GARDNER Mahindra +46.840
24 19 Alessandro TONUCCI Mahindra +46.965
25 12 Matteo FERRARI Mahindra +47.339
26 91 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM +1'06.125
27 45 Jonas GEITNER KTM +1'24.437
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  22 Ana CARRASCO KTM 4 Laps
  6 Maria HERRERA Husqvarna 4 Laps
  24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Mahindra 7 Laps
  97 Maximilian KAPPLER FTR Honda 15 Laps
  20 Fabio QUARTARARO Honda 22 Laps
  21 Francesco BAGNAIA Mahindra 22 Laps
  76 Hiroki ONO Honda 26 Laps
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That must be a first, two women crashing together in a GP race... And a nasty crash it was, with Ana Carrasco's front wheel hitting Maria Herrera in the lower back. Not that Ana could do anything about it, she had nowhere to go. I hope both ladies are physically OK. Especially Herrera seems to have some real potential (she was unlucky to be knocked off in Assen, being well into the points at that time), but also Carrasco has had some really good races in previous seasons.