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A safe ride in Japan saw Danny Kent extend his championship lead; the Pramac Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix now presents a second chance.
Danny Kent needs to leave Phillip Island with just 50 points to take the 2015 Moto3™ World Championship, he currently holds a 56 point lead over his closest title rival Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing Team Moto3). There are a variety of ways in which Kent can take the title, but finishing in first or second would guarantee Britain their first world champion since Barry Sheene in 1977. The last few rounds have seen Kent suffer due to his size, as one of the tallest riders in the Moto3™ class he has struggled with acceleration from slow corners. Phillip Island has only two slow curves, the rest fast and almost flat out on a Moto3™ machine.
Wind can be a serious problem for the lightweight class at the Australian GP, the smaller bikes being pushed around more than any others. The pressure remains on Kent’s shoulders but he’s still approaching the weekend with a level head, ready to enjoy one of his favourite tracks on the calendar.
Danny Kent: “Well, we had a chance to win the championship already last weekend in Japan but we would have needed a lot of luck for which we were very well aware. So going into the Australian Grand Prix the chance to leave Phillip Island this Sunday crowned as World Champion is much higher, so there are a lot more possibilities for us for which motivation is very high for the entire team.”
“We came here with a lot less pressure on my shoulders as we extended the championship lead by one point last time in Japan, so I think Enea (Bastianini) has to concentrate on Miguel (Oliveira) from now on because he sits in his neck with just a nine point’s gap. In any case, I look forward to this weekend not only due to fact that I like the Phillip Island circuit very much. It is indeed a good track and the layout suites my riding style a lot with its fast and flowing corners. You know that we struggled a lot during the last three races in which we were coming out from corners in first gear up to six and this is where we are losing compared to more smaller riders, but here at Phillip Island we are coming from corners in fifth gear flat out many times, so we shouldn’t have that much disadvantage in this area this time. But it also depends on the wind for which the conditions are very changeable at this place. But in general Phillip Island is a track, which I enjoy a lot and I think we have a great change to leave the Island as World Champions.”
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