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Kent: “You can’t really think about anything”

Kent: “You can’t really think about anything”

Danny Kent keeps his cool in the Motul TT Assen to overcome problems with top end speed.

As a group of seven riders emerged at the front of the Moto3™, Leopard Racing’s Danny Kent kept cool and used his experience to overcome problems with the top speed of his Honda. Increased wind at the Dutch circuit meant that Kent was unable to break away from the others in the early laps, settling into a battle with several riders.

This season has seen Kent repeat a similar pattern when unable to break away in the race; the Brit settles into the back of the group and waits for the closing laps when he strikes and pushes hard for the win, usually three laps from the end. At Catalunya this strategy worked well, but in Assen he was only able to manage third. However, this result was good enough to increase his championship lead to 165 points, 57 points clear of second.

Danny Kent: ““Wow, what a race because there was war out on track during the entire distance today. No, I’m really happy to be on the podium again and beyond that in doing so we were able to extend our lead in the championship, which is why we are here. I struggled a bit with our speed, even though in the slipstream. Due to the more windy conditions it was hard to head the group because you lost so much references as well as you lost so much on the straight. It wasn’t easy to stay calm.”

“But to be honest, when you’re racing in a group up to seven riders you can’t really think about anything else as there were countless battles for positions. I pushed really hard in the final lap, but honestly speaking I was a bit early on the brakes into the last corner. But we can be happy overall because we finished ahead of Bastianini, who is our main contender in the championship. So this was clearly my goal for today.”

Moto3, 2015, MOTUL TT ASSEN, RAC, Danny Kent, Leopard Racing

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