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Moto3: Kent snatches victory in Valencia

Danny Kent times it right to snatch victory from Sandro Cortese, with Khairuddin completing an all KTM podium
By Lisa Lewis

Danny Kent took a last corner victory over Red Bull KTM Ajo team-mate Sandro Cortese in the season-closing Moto3 race at Valencia's Ricardo Tormo circuit on Sunday.

It is Kent's second win of the season after scoring his maiden victory at Motegi and moved him up to fourth in the world championship standings.

In his final race before moving up to Moto2, the Brit took Cortese by surprise, saying in parc ferme he had felt strong on the last corner all race, and despite the German's efforts to slipstream back in front, took the win by 0.056s.

World champion Cortese had a careful start and had pushed to the front of a pack of riders who were all close enough to be in with a shout at the podium, after having lead for most of the race he was annoyed with himself for getting passed at the line, but described his title winning season as 'perfect'.

Cortese's second place is his 15th podium of the year – a new record - beating that set by Alvaro Bautista in his championship winning year and equalled by Nico Terol when he was second to Marquez in 2010.

Zulfahmi Khairuddin had qualified down in 17th on the Air Asia sponsored KTM Ajo and after a careful start he started to move up through the order, then took a “big risk” to pass Brad Binder's Kalex KTM RW Racing bike.

He apologised for pushing the South African into fourth and added he was “really happy to be on the podium”. The Malaysian riders final lap was the fastest of the race.

Hector Faubel threw his chance of a podium away on his stand-in ride for the JHK Laglisse team when he ran wide on the final lap at the Doohan corner, crossing the line fifth, the highest finishing FTR Honda.

Louis Rossi, riding for Racing Team Germany, who won in the wet at his home race in Le Mans, again showed a strong wet pace in his final Moto3 race and finished in sixth. Jakub Kornfeil was seventh for Redox-Ongetta-Centro Seta.

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