A tense Moto3 race saw Miguel Oliveira give his all to take victory, surviving a massive crash in the lead group at the final corner to win the Valencia Grand Prix - but ninth was enough for Danny Kent to be crowned world champion.

Oliveira's third consecutive victory aboard the Red Bull KTM Ajo puts him equal on wins for the season with Danny Kent.

But the Leopard man steered clear of trouble, picking up even more places as the leaders scattered into the gravel to become the first British world champion since legend Barry Sheene won in 1977 - and the first in the lightweight class since Dave Simmonds lifted the trophy back in 1969 - by six points over Oliveira.

For the second year in succession the Moto3 title went to the wire with the race decided over the final corner, where Niccolo Antonelli took down fellow victory contenders Romano Fenati and Efren Vazquez.

That left Portuguese rider Oliveira clear as he had been in front and out of danger after battling hard to lead in the frantic re-shuffling that took place lap after lap. Oliveira was the first to congratulate title winner Kent on track.

Jorge Navarro had looked determined to win at home as the Valencian regularly found new ways to pass Oliveira, he too steered his Estrella Galicia bike free of trouble when it mattered most to challenge his race rival all the way to the line for second, his third podium finish in four races.

Jakub Kornfeil was perfectly placed to pick up the pieces, the Drive M7 SIC rider had lurked all race and rode around the carnage to return to the podium in the final race of the year.

Brad Binder put the second Ajo entry across the line in fourth, the South African eased clear of Gresini's Enea Bastianini, who took the flag fifth, securing the Italian rider third in the overall title standings.

Isaac Vinales also powered through the field in the final corners to move up to sixth for RBA Racing.

SaxoPrint-RTG's Pole man John McPhee ended his day in seventh, recovering a little after a huge slipstream of riders knocked him back into the mid-pack battle early in the race.

Behind him fellow Briton Kent was having a tough time managing his team-mate Hiroki Ono, who seemed unsure whether to let him pass or act as a pace man as the chasing group approached, with the pair constantly swapping position over the closing laps.

Ono eventually settled into eighth in front, with the new Moto3 crown going to ninth placed Kent.

Philipp Oettl completed the top ten for Schedl GP Racing, smashing the gap to Kent from over three to under a second at the last lap.

With Fenati off at the last corner the top finishing Sky Racing Team VR46 bike was Andrea Migno in eleventh, with wild-card Nicolo Bulega just one place behind on his debut in the championship for the team he joins full-time next season after some impressive battling.

Francesco Bagnaia was next to see the chequered flag in 13th for Mapfre Team Mahindra a lonely ride as he was unable to reel in the riders in front but also clear of 14th place man, his team-mate Jorge Martin.

The final point went to the second SaxoPrint-RTG bike, piloted by Alexis Masbou.

Karel Hanika had a dramatic crash after ten laps, flipped over his handlebars before landing on his head. The Czech rider walked away as Fabio Quartararo was shown retiring to the pits, both had already been passed by Kent so their withdrawals did not effect the result.

Also failing to finish were Alessandro Tonucci, Juanfran Guevara, Tatsuki Suzuki and Remy Gardner.



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