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Kent: “On paper we are on pole”

Kent: “On paper we are on pole”

Danny Kent ends Qualifying as the fastest rider, but he’ll start seventh at the Pramac Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix after a penalty.

Bright skies shone down on the Australian GP, creating near perfect conditions for Qualifying and the action was intense throughout the session. Danny Kent played his cards perfectly and cut through the field in the dying minutes, picking up a near ideal slipstream in the process to secure pole position. A time of 1’36.180 put the Leopard Racing rider at the head of the grid by a substantial 0.360s, showing the pace that saw him dominate the start of the 2015 season.

Unfortunately for the Moto3™ World Championship leader, he was struck with a six place grid penalty for slow riding in FP3, demoting him to seventh. But the Brit remains unconcerned and is confident for Sunday’s race where he is presented with his second shot at grabbing the Moto3™ crown. With Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing Team Moto3) starting down in 29th, a six place penalty may make little difference for Kent who can guarantee the crown if he finishes inside the top two.

Danny Kent: ”Well, on paper we are on pole but due to a penalty we will start from seventh spot on the grid which isn’t too bad considering that Enea Bastianini qualified only in 29th position. However, the main thing is that we have a great feeling with the bike and for myself I have a great feeling for tomorrow’s race too. The fact that Bastianini will start from the far end makes things more difficult for him, but at the same time easier for me. But tomorrow is a different day during which I need to keep working hard and stay focused, though the feeling is good for tomorrow’s all-important race. Today’s penalty is my fault as I was riding too slow in many sectors for several times in free practice three. So this are new rules and we have to stick by it, but the main thing is to go ahead and know that we are the fastest out there, so go into tomorrow’s race very confident.”

Moto3, 2015, PRAMAC AUSTRALIAN MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX, QP, Danny Kent, Leopard Racing

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