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Moto3™ field looking to catch Kent in Jerez

Moto3™ field looking to catch Kent in Jerez

A 17-point lead in the championship has Danny Kent heading to Jerez looking to maintain his momentum.

All of the Moto3™ riders have experience around Jerez from pre-season testing, and many of them from previous seasons spent racing in the Spanish Championship. Many new riders such as Fabio Quartararo, Maria Herrera and Jorge Navarro will not have the difficulty of learning the track this weekend. The tighter nature of Jerez should result in a closer race for Moto3™.

Kent’s stunning 10.334 second win in Argentina is the largest ever dry weather victory in the Moto3™ class, and the greatest margin in the lightweight class since Nico Terol in 2011 at the Catalunya Grand Prix on a 125cc machine. Danny Kent has never had a podium at Jerez; his best finish in the Moto3™ class at the Spanish track was 11th in 2014. However, the Danny Kent we are seeing in 2015 appears stronger than in any other year and will be unconcerned by past results.

Leopard Racing teammate Efren Vazquez, who finished second behind Kent in Argentina, has had success around Jerez claiming a podium last year. With 49 championship points Vazquez is Kent’s closest rival and will be eager to beat his teammate for the first time this year. Vazquez’s aggressive style has allowed him to fight through the grid on previous occasions, such as in Austin where he started 16th but ended the race in third.

With two wins at Jerez, Romano Fenati is the most successful Moto3™ rider at the track. Fenati’s first win back in 2012 saw the Italian finish over 36 seconds ahead of Luis Salom in the mixed conditions. Argentina saw the Italian Qualifying in eighth, his best position of the year, before being sent to the back of the grid due to penalty points and fighting back to finish eighth.

Fabio Quartararo is very much showing the pace that brought him two back-to-back FIM CEV Repsol titles, claiming a podium in his second race and a worse finished of seventh so far. A return to the podium is certainly a strong possibility for the French rider who may even be able to challenge for the top step thanks to track knowledge.

The final corner at Jerez has been host to many famous last lap passes and with the frantic nature of Moto3™ could see even more thrilling action come Sunday.

The Moto3™ action kicks off on track on Friday at 09:00 local time.

 

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