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Kent: “I’m sorry to report this crash”

Kent: “I’m sorry to report this crash”

A mistake in the final corner costs Danny Kent dearly as he fails to finish for the first time in 2015.

The 2015 Moto3™ World Championship season has been all about Danny Kent, the Leopard Racing rider able to rewrite a multitude of records and win races in the lightweight class by margins previously throughout impossible. But, since returning from the mid-season break, signs of weakness have started to show in rounds such as Indianapolis and Aragon. The Gran Premio Movistar de Aragon was typical Moto3™, a huge gaggle of riders hungry for victory fighting with elbows and knees out. Kent kept his cool and was positioned well in the group as the laps counted down, presented with a golden opportunity on the final lap.

Kent’s closest rival in the title hunt, Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing Team Moto3) fell on the final lap and presented the Brit with a golden opportunity to open up his 55-point lead to a near insurmountable amount. But, at the final corner disaster struck as the Brit pushed too hard, his bike throwing him off in protest. With both the title challengers failing to finish, the points difference remains the same as the paddock head to Motegi. Kent can, theoretically, claim the title in Japan but would require him to claim 20 points of more over Bastianini.

Danny Kent: “Overall it’s a little bit disappointing to not finish the race because we had a big chance to extend our championship lead today. However, as you know I would be a lot more disappointed if I would have finished in second place and Enea (Bastianini) would have won the race because that means we would have lost points again. But we could be happy as we go to Japan now with four races left and a 55 points lead, which makes it more difficult for our competitors to catch up. But I’m happy with our performance because we started into the weekend struggling with the front, but my crew lead by Peter worked so hard so I was able to enjoy this race so much as I was definitely one of the strongest on the brakes into the corners.”

“A big thanks to my team but I’m also sorry to report this crash because till that point everything went so well. I had a little bit more corner speed than Navarro so I tried to go on the inside but the rear came under me and throw me over the bike. Luckily I’m ok but it’s a shame to miss out this big opportunity to finish this race on the podium again. Anyway, we are ready for the last four races, starting with the oversea trip next month.”

Moto3, 2015, GRAN PREMIO MOVISTAR DE ARAGÓN, RAC, Danny Kent, Leopard Racing

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