Author: Oli Rushby Posted: 13 Apr 2015
The Union Flag was flying high in Austin yesterday as Danny Kent and Sam Lowes stormed to Grand Prix victory in their respective races.
The wins marked the first time since 1977 that two Brits won solo Grand Prix races on the same day.
Kent entered the race having failed to finish outside the top three in any session across the weekend, with the exception of warm-up where the Leopard Racing man crashed unhurt in dodgy conditions.
Starting the race from pole position, Kent was in the mix from the off and took the lead on lap three. From there, the 21-year-old took off into the distance, eventually crossing the line 8.5 seconds ahead of second-placed Fabio Quartararo.
The result marks Kent’s third Grand Prix win and after a third place the other week in Qatar, he now leads the Moto3 Championship standings.
“I’m very pleased with this victory, because we had a strong pace all weekend and I was able to keep this pace all time by myself,” said the British rider. “I’m really happy, even more to win in this way and also for the lead in the world standings. But we need to keep our feet on the ground because there are 16 races remaining. Since my last victory it took a while but better late than never. Finally thanks to my team for the incredible job they did all weekend, as well to all our sponsors. Today we’ve something to celebrate.”
Battered and bruised having been flung off his Speed-Up in a dramatic fashion during free practice, Sam Lowes faced quite the challenge in the 19 lap Moto2 race. Starting from second on the grid, the Lincolnshireman played it cool for most of the race before making his move to displace Johann Zarco from the lead on lap 13.
With the Frenchman never far behind and a charging Xavier Simeon on the pace before crashing out, Lowes was kept on his toes for the final six laps to cross the line and take his debut Grand Prix victory.
“It was a tough race, because of my three crashes earlier in the weekend, plus it was really important for me to finish after the crash in Qatar. Then we had some spots of rain and I thought ‘oh no!’, but I followed Johann and felt like I could go faster. I got to the front, made my alp times and luckily it was enough.
“I’m really happy, thanks to the team for the great job they did and I am happy to show we can fight for the championship.”