2015 Phillip Island Moto3 Race Result: The Door Remains Open

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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. 
1 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 37'34.742
2 7 Efren VAZQUEZ Honda 0.132
3 41 Brad BINDER KTM 0.161
4 9 Jorge NAVARRO Honda 0.17
5 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 0.288
6 5 Romano FENATI KTM 1.006
7 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 6.2
8 32 Isaac VIÑALES KTM 6.253
9 10 Alexis MASBOU Honda 6.322
10 2 Remy GARDNER Mahindra 7.567
11 6 Maria HERRERA Husqvarna 7.573
12 63 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN KTM 10.088
13 96 Manuel PAGLIANI Mahindra 16.294
14 98 Karel HANIKA KTM 17.792
15 88 Jorge MARTIN Mahindra 17.814
16 19 Alessandro TONUCCI Mahindra 18.205
17 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 37.921
18 22 Ana CARRASCO KTM 42.463
19 35 Olly SIMPSON KTM +1'24.024
Not Classified    
  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


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Antonelli's move? It was Kent that made the 'move' around the outside. He was behind Antonelli entering that corner. He forced himself into Antonelli's path. I watched it over and over again and he was running hot right into Antonelli's line. Antonelli was fully committed to his line mid corner when Kent appeared around the outside. I don't think you can put the blame on Antonelli alone. And what is this fatalism of 'deciding the championship? He's still got a very large advantage. Easy tiger...

It also looked to me at first like Antonelli clipped him and Kent afterwards was quick to put the blame on the Italian, but having seen this several times now, I think that Kent is not an innocent victim here.

Coming out of the previous right-hander Kent tried to pass three riders at once, successfully passing two and going around the outside of Antonelli when flicking into the next left-hander while Antonelli was hanging onto his racing line. I think this was simply one rider too many to pass at this point with the drive out of the corner, Kent barely put his nose past Antonelli before he started pulling to the left to get in front and Antonelli had to sit up because he had no space left, with the obvious consequences.

Putting the blame on Antonelli's shoulders for this incident is unjustified, in my opinion. I think Kent was getting a little impatient after having been bumped down the field again and eager to make up the places to finally seal the title, maybe a bit too eager. Having Bastianini go down with him was actually lucky today or he could have an even greater challenge at his hands now with two riders still in the hunt, not just one.

Kent gave Antonelli no room at all, he came steaming up to and through that group with a lot more pace. He had mentally probably dispached them and was after the leaders but forgot he had to physically pass them too. He was on an outside line which allowed a tight exit, but Antonelli was on a tighter line and needed space on the outside to complete his corner. Mostly Kent's fault from my armchair. Can he really lose it from here?? It's looking possible.

The fact is that DK was ahead at the time of the contact. The fact that he came in from a wide line is irrelevant. It was Antonelli who hit the BACK of Kent's bike, which makes it quite clear that Antonelli was at fault. It may be a small point, but it is an important one.
kent was very unlucky to have even been in that group, having already been hit from from behind by Bagnaia, but to have been hit twice from behind in two races, is really tough.

"Sir, it says here that you suddenly pulled into the other highway lane without giving the car next to you any space or warning, is that correct?"

"Yes, but that doesn't matter, because the guy I swerved in front of without warning crashed into my rear wheel, not the front wheel, so the whole thing is obviously his fault."

"Valid point, dismissed."


His nose may have been ahead, but he pulled back into Antonelli without having completed the move so only has himself to blame unfortunately for that one. Antonelli can't just disappear. Bagnaia got his braking point wrong in the earlier incident, of course. It was a crazy race all round.

Danny's had an amazing season though - left Ajo and took a risk as Kiefer had been down in the dumps in 2014, and has mostly been stunning which has put him in this position where he's made a few errors (Misano, Aragon, Phillip Island - all self-inflicted) and still has a big lead. He just needs to keep it sensible and not try and be a hero - Stefan Kiefer seems to have adopted a tough love policy with him this year so will probably do the same.

For what it's worth: Oliveira, Bastianini and Antonelli have all also been fantastic this season.

It's a sure sign DK is getting frustrated. He needs to control it or risk even more dissapointment

The same person could also explain to Danny Kent that Miguel's last name is not Olivio. Or alternatively Olivia. Maybe Danny can ask him how it's pronounced when they are teammates next year or he could just start calling him by his first name, like he does with Enea - probably to get around that pronounciation issue at least... ;)

Now it would be a good time for Motomatters to acknowledge it has been underestimating Oliveira a bit, to the point of announcing Bastianini as Kent's sole possible title rival a week ago... great performance by Miguel in the last stretch of this amazing season!!!

When Birt and Harris were declaring Danny Kent champion after the crash. Not their fault really (so much happening) but it made things worse.

Pretty impressed with Maria Herrera over the last few races, she has been riding very well
Would be great to see her picked up by a stronger team and start to collect a few podium finishes