Leopard Racing rider Danny Kent eased away after just three laps to win for the second race in a row by a huge margin of over ten seconds, more than anyone in Moto3 has ever gapped their rivals by in the dry, in a classy performance of pure domination, echoing his efforts last weekend in Texas.

Kent hung back as early enthusiasm claimed some victims and when settled and confident again, with 18 laps to go, he immediately pulled away with ease as the battle roared on behind for the remaining podium positions.

The Honda rider is the first British rider to take back-to-back race wins in the lightweight class since legend Barry Sheene won in Sweden and Finland back in 1971. He remains top in the championship standings and now leads his team-mate Efren Vazquez by 17 points.

The battle for second was intense, and lasted the whole race with the outcome on the final lap seeing Vazquez also second in the race, with his experience paying dividends in the closing stages despite racing with a fever.

Isaac Vinales on the Husqvarna Factory Laglisse became the first non-Honda rider to grace the podium this season after an elbows out performance saw him third, just edged out by Vazquez in the dash to the line.

Just missing out on the rostrum was pole man Miguel Oliveira, who led coming out of the first corner before dropping as low as 16th. The expanding and contracting nature of the chasing group kept him in touch and some hard passing by the Red Bull KTM Ajo man saw him back in the lead group, but he was forced to settle for fourth.

Just half a second behind was his team-mate Brad Binder in fifth in turn just ahead of top rookie Fabio Quartararo in sixth, the Estrella Galicia rider holding his own at a track new to him in a fierce battle for points where any of the top 14 bikes behind the majestic Kent in contention for the points.

The third of the Red Bull KTMs piloted by Karel Hanika took the flag seventh, the Czech rider's best finish to date.

Last year's race winner Romano Fenati lost his eighth place grid slot after kicking and hitting Niklas Ajo, stopping his bike, with the penalty points he received as a result putting him on the back of the grid. The Sky Racing VR 46 rider bumped and barged his way back through the pack to finish where he should have started in eighth.

Enea Bastianini just lost out to his fellow Italian on the home straight and ended his race ninth for Gresini, with Ajo - stuck with Fenati for most of the race - completing the top ten finishers for the RBA Racing Team.

The remainder of the points went to Francesco Bagnaia (Mapfre Team Mahindra) in 11th and Livio Loi (RW Racing GP) in 12th.

Hiroki Ono, at one point in podium contention with his team-mates, was on the receiving end of some hard moves on the final lap to finish 13th, Jakub Kornfeil (Drive M7 SIC) took 14th and British rider John McPhee finished a tough weekend at the back of the group in 15th, though ten seconds clear of the rest of the field.

The only home rider on any grid, Gabriel Rodrigo, had originally held the back grid spot and was the first to crash after tangling with Maria Herrera. He rejoined to finish last, a lap down.

With 16 laps to go Jorge Navarro lost the front in the lead group and took out Niccolo Antonelli at turn seven, who limped away.

Alexis Masbou lasted one lap more and despite attempting to rejoin ended his day with an early visit back to the pits. The Saxoprint man had already had trouble on the sighting lap when he needed a bump start.

Juanfran Guevara and Jules Danilo also failed to finish the race.


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