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Kent ends first half of season on a high

Kent ends first half of season on a high

Danny Kent was extremely upbeat to have finished fifth in Sunday’s German Grand Prix, ending the first half of his return season to Moto3™ in positive fashion.

Back in 2012, Kent was a regular front-runner in the lightweight class of the World Championship, finishing fourth in the championship as team-mate to that year’s title winner, Sandro Cortese. His most memorable moments were the Grands Prix of Japan and Valencia, in which he celebrated his two career victories to date. 2013 would prove to yield a highly disappointing year in Moto2™, however, resulting in a reverting to the lower World Championship tier for the start of 2014.

Having finished inside the top ten three times across the opening eight races, Kent’s German weekend was the most positive to date this year. His fifth position on the grid marked his second-best qualifying result of the season thus far (after Argentina, when he qualified on the front row), before going on to end Sunday’s race in fifth spot.

“It definitely has been our best weekend of the season and our best race,” Kent was pleased to state, having battled with his Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo bike at the forefront of the Sachsenring race. “At Assen we took a step forward and here we have started from where we left off there, taking another step forward. I'm very happy with how the weekend has gone and we were much closer to the winning rider (Jack Miller, Red Bull KTM Ajo), at only one second behind.

“It's good for my confidence because it shows that I can be up at the front. We now have three weeks off, so I will go home and work hard on my fitness to be even stronger in Indianapolis. I will try to get that podium that we were so close to today. We have to continue working in this way and, step-by-step, we are getting closer.”

Heading into the second half of the 2014 Moto3™ campaign, Kent has closed in on those fighting for top ten championship positions. The Englishman now sits joint 11th overall, tied with Enea Bastianini (Junior Team GO&FUN Moto3) and only seven points in arrears of eighth-placed Miguel Oliveira (Mahindra Racing).

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