Author: Oli Rushby Pic: Bonnie Lane Posted: 25 Oct 2015
Miguel Oliveira kept his Moto3 title hopes alive by taking a fifth win of the season in Malaysia.
However, even with the Portuguese rider out in front, Danny Kent only had to finish fifth to take the crown but the Briton could only manage seventh.
Kent got a dreadful start, almost falling out of the points while it was the opposite for his rival, who got a dream start and tried to pull a gap at the front.
As always in Moto3, it wasn’t quite that simple for the KTM rider who became embroiled in a multi-way fight for victory.
Kent was helped by his two Leopard Racing team mates, who came together behind him leaving him enough of a gap to focus on the riders in front.
Bagnaia sliding out of the race also helped the Brit move forward, and it looked like he’d done enough heading into the final lap in fifth place.
But it wasn’t to be, as he slipped back to sixth at turn nine before losing yet another position in the final corner to cross the line seventh.
The result means Kent leads Oliveira by 24 points heading to the final round in Valencia, where he’ll need to finish 14th or higher to be crowned champion.