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Binder, Fenati and Kent reflect on what might have been

Binder, Fenati and Kent reflect on what might have been

Brad Binder and Danny Kent collided on Sunday at Phillip Island on the penultimate lap with the podium in their sights, whilst Romani Fenati also saw his chances of a rostrum result slip away with a late crash.

The trio were all involved in a large frontrunning group of nine riders in a fantastic race in Australia and each of them looked like they had the pace to challenge for the podium with the likes of Jack Miller, Alex Marquez and Alex Rins.

Fenati went down on the penultimate lap coming out of the Southern Loop with Efren Vazquez in close proximity and the Italian was unable to finish the race. Fenati had been hunting for a seventh podium of 2014 but it was not to be and Vazquez was given a penalty point for his role in the crash.

SKY Racing Team VR46 rider Fenati commented, “I was having a good race and at turn 1 I was the one that had more guts to hold open the gas. Then Vazquez hit me from behind, but this is racing. Until that moment everyone was in the battle, the last rider in the group was sometimes going to the front in the first corner and sometimes the leader was dropping back. I was enjoying myself so much, there was a lot of overtaking. Jack did a great race, congratulations to him because he rode really well. If I had not crashed, I could have had my say.”

Binder (Ambrogio Racing) and Kent (Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo) crashed together just two corners later with Binder in particular having looked like he had the pace and strategy to fight even for the win. He remounted to take 15th and Kent ended up 20th.

The South African had been running in second place shortly before the incident and he explained, “I don’t know what happened exactly, but someone crashed into me. We were almost at the end of the race and I was convinced that I would have tasted the podium champagne. I had already tried a sprint finish and I saw that I could do it, against everyone. It was a tough battle. You have to finish the job though, so this hurts. Let’s get back on track, and get ready for the next one. I’ll give it my all again in a few days at Sepang.”

Kent added, “We worked very well throughout the weekend and it was just a shame about the way it ended. In the incident, Jack [Miller] overtook me on the inside and, when I opened up slightly, I collided with Binder and crashed. It was frustrating because we were going very well and could have fought for another podium. Now we have to focus on Malaysia.”

Tags:
Moto3, 2014, TISSOT AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX, Danny Kent, Brad Binder, Romano Fenati, Ambrogio Racing, Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo, SKY Racing Team VR46

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