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Leopard Racing’s Danny Kent chats to motogp.com once again, just before the Moto3™ World Championship gets underway in Germany.
Another race and another time you’ve extended your championship lead, talk us through Assen.
Assen was another good weekend for the team and me, we were strong all weekend and again we were able to extend our Championship lead to 57 points. It was a difficult race as there were 7 riders battling for the race victory, a few times a couple of us came together but luckily we were all able to stay on the bike. The main objective for me is to finish in front of Bastianini who is second in the championship, we were able to do that and I was happy to get my seventh podium from 8 starts this year
You had a great battle with Bastianini, was it fun?
Yes the race was good fun but I also had to be clever and not do anything stupid, like I said there was a big group and we all wanted to win the race. The main thing for us is we got another podium and extended the championship lead but still the race was good fun. I enjoyed the close racing, and for sure was great for the TV viewers and spectators.
In the back of your mind, were you worried he, or one of the others, could have taken you out?
To be honest, I wasn't really thinking about that, of course the racing was really close and a few times we came together. I was just thinking about my own race and didn't want to do anything stupid, there’s always a risk of being taken out, that’s part of racing.
KTM appear to have improved dramatically in the last few races, what does this mean for the championship?
As you can see KTM have improved over the last few races, Fenati and Oliveira have been strong. Oliveira is now third in the championship and his form has been strong so I definitely have to say he is one of my main competitors for the championship this year. Looking at the results so far, Bastianini and Oliveira are the ones I have to keep an eye out for, but still, there are 10 races left and a lot of points available, plenty of time for other riders to improve throughout the year.
Up next is the Sachsenring, where you finished fifth last year, what are your feelings on the track and the race?
I'm looking forward to Sachsenring, it’s a great track and I believe the tracks suits the Honda and me very well. So far this year the bike has been a dream to ride so I hope to go to Sachsenring and start the weekend strong, ready for a good race on Sunday.
Finally, how do you get your hair looking so good after the race so quickly?
Good question! I think its because I've done my hair for a few years now, it just springs into place when I take my helmet off!
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