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The Austin & Argentina GP’s were very long races for me, always when you are riding by yourself the lap always seems a lot longer…
Leopard Racing’s Danny Kent talks us through his Moto3™ victories in Austin and Argentina, in his latest blog for motogp.com:
The Austin & Argentina GP’s were very long races for me, always when you are riding by yourself the lap always seems a lot longer than when you are fighting with all the other riders! Normally in a Moto3™ race you don´t get much time to look at the pit board because you are always trying to fight with around 10 other riders! For me every lap I checked the pit board and the race felt like it was going on forever, my goal once I saw I had an 8 second lead was to try and beat my record from Austin and to reach a 10 second lead, which I managed. It was an amazing feeling to be stood on the top step of the podium two races in a row.
People have asked how I have managed to create such a large gap at the front of the pack, basically it’s just down to a lot of hard work during all of the free practices and qualifying. I try to do fast consistent laps by myself, so then when I go to the race I don’t make any mistakes and have a fast pace without needing a slip stream, or someone to follow.
A couple of mates have mentioned that I’ve made the racing less exciting lol…well I am sorry, but obviously I’m not going to complain about making the Moto3™ race boring in terms of fighting for the race win, still there were about 10 riders fighting for the 2nd spot on the podium, so I guess that made the Moto3™ fun to watch for the spectators and TV viewers.
Honestly, I didn’t expect to win Moto3™ races by 8 or 10 seconds, but I knew coming into this year I could fight for race wins and be a consistent front runner after the preseason we had, I have a great team around me and Honda have given me a very good bike.
In the team at the moment we have a great atmosphere, with me and Efren being on the podium in every race, and currently 1st and 2nd in the Championship, we have shown that the team are doing a great job. Hiroki Ono is also showing very good potential and speed, I think he will surprise a few people this year and could fight for podiums as the year goes on.
It’s a great feeling to be leading the Championship, but anyway, it’s a long year and still 15 races left so I need to keep my feet on the ground and keep working hard like we are doing.
To try and keep this momentum going I will just keep doing what I am doing at the moment, hard work always pays off, and of course after being on the podium on all 3 races, confidence is very high and I’m very motivated.
So we now have two weeks off before the next race so for me I will be back in my second home, the gym, keeping myself fit so I can go to Jerez feeling strong.
If I had to pick my favourite moment from the last two Grands Prix, it has to be being stood on the top step of the podium, and also matching the record of Barry Sheene (2 wins a row in the lightweight class).
Thanks for all the support guys
Danny Kent 52
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