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Danny Kent rides to a safe sixth as he extends his championship lead at the Motul Grand Prix of Japan.
The Japanese GP was another dramatic race for the Moto3™ World Championship with a reduced race distance due to early morning delays. Weather also played a role, again rain fell and once more Leopard Racing’s Danny Kent avoided unnecessary risk to secure more points as be closes in on the 2015 crown. A slow start to the race saw him slip outside of the top ten as he learned track conditions and then began his charge. After 13 laps he found himself in sixth to end the race ahead of his main title rival Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing Team Moto3) and achieve his main aim for the weekend: extend his lead. Kent now heads to Australia with a hand already on the title.
Danny Kent: “I’m really, really happy with the outcome of this weekend. You may know that we came here with the goal to extend our lead in the championship - as it is the case for every race - and even though we did it by just a single point, we achieved this goal and there are just three races remaining in which we just have to collect 19 points and we’re World Champion. So from this point of view it’s all a lot more to our favour and honestly speaking, a lot of pressure is off my shoulders now so we can go to Australia and feel a bit more calm. I think it’s quite normal for a rider who is in this situation for the first time to fight for the World Championship, so it’s normal for me to feel a pressure. But now we go into the next races without pressure and try to win races again.”
“The changed weather conditions already this morning didn’t affect me, but the first couple of laps in the race were difficult because I got passed and I ran wide and in the same moment there were always people who pass you immediately. On the other side I was a bit worried if someone crashes and take me out. Like I already said, the pressure is off my shoulder, but I also think that Enea has to concentrate on Oliveira from now on. So he doesn’t only think about me but he has to think about his second place in the standings and not get caught by Oliveira in the last races.”
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