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The leading four riders in the Moto3 world standings hold court ahead of the French GP.
The Moto3 top four spoke in a special press conference held in Le Mans today. Just 44 points separate Danny Kent (GBR), Efren Vazquez (SPA), Fabio Quartararo (FRA) and Enea Bastianini (ITA), who respectively sit at the head of the standings. Kent has a comfortable 31 point lead, while the following 3 are separated by just 13 points.
Danny Kent (Leopard Racing) is dominating the championship thus far with three consecutive victories. He wants to continue this trend in Le Mans: “It’s been a great start to the year, 3 wins out of 4 starts, but still, there’s a long year ahead and I need to keep my feet on the ground. I will keep working hard.”
When asked if his winning streak was due to him or the bike, Kent responded that it’s a mix of both: “The package we have is really good. I’ve also been working a lot on my fitness and I’ve lost a few kilos. I’ll just keep trying to be consistent.”
Efren Vazquez lies in 2nd place behind his team mate. The Basque rider, currently 31 points from Kent, is hoping to close that gap in Le Mans: “I’ve had a good start to the year, not as good as Danny though! But I’m happy with 2 podiums and second place in the championship.”
As a veteran of Moto3, Vazquez was asked for his opinion on the new blood in the championship: “The level is higher every year, the bikes are more level and it’s really interesting for the championship. The young riders come with full batteries ready to fight for the win. It’s harder for me, sometimes the fight is with myself.”
Moto3 ™ rookie Fabio Quartararo (Estrella Galicia 0,0) is looking forward to his home race, having already proved in the FIM CEV Repsol championship that he can win here: “I’ve only ridden once here in CEV, just one race. The level of the riders is higher in this championship though…”
When his infamous clash with Danny Kent at Jerez came up, Fabio replied: “In Jerez I wanted to win, but it was impossible to pass Danny on the last corner. But I will try again.”
17-year-old Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing Moto3) added: “It’s been difficult, the bike is new for me & I’ve had some problems. It’s my first year. At Le Mans I will try for the podium, but it will be difficult.”
The action starts at 9am local time on May 15th with Moto3 FP1.
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