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#Danny52Blog: I believe I can be strong at every race

#Danny52Blog: I believe I can be strong at every race

A lot of people have been saying I make the Moto3™ races look easy recently… I wish it was easy!

Leopard Racing's Danny Kent, who currently leads the Moto3™ World Championship by 49 points after 6 races, in his latest blog for motogp.com:

Hey!

I am writing this blog having just arrived in Barcelona for the Catalunya GP, after finishing in second last time out in Italy.

A lot of people have been saying I make the Moto3™ races look easy recently… I wish it was easy! Mugello was a very difficult race because of the long main straight. I had to be clever and be in the right place at the right time, and of course, I am happy to have finished second and extend my championship lead. 

My original plan in Mugello was to try to pull away from the rest of the field at the beginning, but with the long straight, it was not possible as I kept being slipstreamed! After that, I decided to change my tactics to sit at the back of the group. This would allow me to try and save my tyres, ready to fight during the last few laps…luckily the plan worked out well :) 

This was obviously a bit different from my tactics in Le Mans, where I had to fight my way through the field from 31st to finish in fourth. To be honest I would say Mugello was a harder race, which sounds strange considering I started on pole compared to 31st! The reason being that my pace was a bit stronger in Le Mans than it was in Mugello. Also, in Mugello you could exit the last corner in first place and then go into turn 1 down in 8th, just because of the slipstreaming. For me, Mugello was also a difficult race as there was a big group fighting for the victory and podium. It is very easy to come out of the last corner leading and then finish the race off the podium, but like I said I'm happy to have finished second, collect a nice strong 20 points and extend my championship lead.

Many people have been asking me, does having such a big lead in the standings allow you to ride with a different mentality? No to be honest, I go to every race with the same approach and that is to try and win! Obviously now we have to be clever, and react depending on the situation in the race. My main goal is to just keep collecting as many points as possible, and to beat my main championship contenders to extend my lead in the standings.

Next up is the Catalan GP, a race I'm really looking forward to as it's another track that I enjoy riding.  Yes, in previous years, we have not had strong results here but to be honest we cannot compare results from last year to this year. I am much stronger this season, and as long as I keep working hard on and off the bike, I believe I can be strong at every race.

A big difference now is that the KTM’s have improved, as you can see from the fact they have won the last two races, but I believe that all Moto3™ machines are very similar in terms of speed this year. This makes the racing closer and much more fun for the spectators to see, which is great for the championship! This does not worry me though as I am really happy with the work from Honda.  They have given me a very good and competitive bike and I am sure we will just get stronger as the year goes on. 

So, what about the rest of the season? Well, we have worked very hard and now got ourselves a 46-point lead, but there are still 12 races left and many points up for grabs. Therefore, we just need to keep working hard and try to extend the championship lead. If I had to pick out who I think my main rivals will be this season, I would say Enea Bastianini, Fabio Quartararo, Romano Fenati, Miguel Oliveira and my team mate Efren Vazquez…let’s hope I can just keep on beating them :-)

Bring on the Catalan GP!

 

Danny Kent #52

 

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Moto3, 2015, GRAN PREMI MONSTER ENERGY DE CATALUNYA, Danny Kent, Leopard Racing, #Danny52Blog

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