Miguel Oliveira held off hard-charging Efren Vazquez and Brad Binder Sunday to take the win and in the process, postpone the 2015 Moto3 championship coronation. Oliveira's win at the Phillip Island circuit, coupled with crashes by both points leader Danny Kent and rival Enea Bastianini, moved the Portuguese rider into second in the standings and kept open the distant mathematical possibility of an Oliveira championship.
Oliveira now sits 40 points behind Kent with two races remaining. Had Oliveira finished fourth or lower, Kent would have been crowned champion Sunday. As it stands, the Briton will have to wait.
The race started with Kent seventh on the grid, even though he had set the pole-position time. A penalty for slow riding in the racing line left the British rider demoted on the grid before the race began. But with 19 laps remaining, Oliveira led with Fenati in second and Bagnaia in third. Kent had climbed into fifth place -- good enough to lock up the championship if it ended that way.
But with 10 laps to go, distaster struck for the championship leader. Niccolo Antonelli clipped the Kent's wheel and prompted a crash that also took out championship-contender Enea Bastianini. Still, Kent's championship could be had if Oliveira finished fourth or lower.
But Oliveira didn't cooperate. Efren Vazquez grabbed second and Brad Binder, who led at times, completed the podium in the crash-marred race. In all, 16 riders didn't finish the contest.
|Pos.||No.||Rider||Bike||Time / Diff.|
|48||Lorenzo DALLA PORTA||Husqvarna||8 Laps|
|52||Danny KENT||Honda||10 Laps|
|33||Enea BASTIANINI||Honda||10 Laps|
|55||Andrea LOCATELLI||Honda||10 Laps|
|14||Matt BARTON||FTR||10 Laps|
|21||Francesco BAGNAIA||Mahindra||14 Laps|
|95||Jules DANILO||Honda||15 Laps|
|17||John MCPHEE||Honda||17 Laps|
|36||Joan MIR||Honda||17 Laps|
|58||Juanfran GUEVARA||Mahindra||17 Laps|
|16||Andrea MIGNO||KTM||17 Laps|
|11||Livio LOI||Honda||19 Laps|
|Not Finished 1st Lap|
|29||Stefano MANZI||Mahindra||0 Lap|
|91||Gabriel RODRIGO||KTM||0 Lap|
|40||Darryn BINDER||Mahindra||0 Lap|
|24||Tatsuki SUZUKI||Mahindra||0 Lap|