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Kent: “I was hit by another rider”

Kent: “I was hit by another rider”

It looked almost certain that Danny Kent would be crowned champion, but the Australian GP ends in disaster and the title is pushed back.

A large leading group immediately emerged during the Pramac Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix and Danny Kent happily settled into the pack, aware of what he had to do to be crowned the 2015 Moto3™ World Champion. An incident with another rider at Turn 4 sent Kent wide and outside the points, the champion elect rallied and was fighting inside the top ten just a few laps later. But then disaster struck again and Kent was again hit by another rider, this time unable to avoid a fall. Both Niccolo Antonelli (Ongetta-Rivacold) and Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing Team Moto3) were involved and also went down with all three fortunately avoiding serious injury.

Due to the DNF, Kent will have to wait till Sepang for another chance to take the title but Bastianini is now out of contention. Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Ajo) went on to take victory at Phillip Island and is now Kent’s only obstacle to claiming the title. The Leopard Racing rider heads to Sepang with a 40-point lead and can guarantee he becomes Britain’s first world champion if he ends the Malaysian race ahead of Oliveira. It’s down to the wire for the Brit, but his advantage should provide enough of a cushion.

Danny Kent: “Honestly speaking, I’m a little bit disappointed about the outcome of the weekend because I felt really strong on the bike during every session and also in the race today. I felt very confident that we could have left the island as champions. I was racing in the leading group and it was really easy to stay with them but one time in breaking zone for the hairpin I was hit by another rider, which was the first time to push me wide and I dropped back many positions. But I was able to recover quickly as I found myself in sixth position just two laps later. Then I was hit again, which took me out of the race. So now Enea (Bastianini) is out of the title run but we need to pay all attention to Miguel Oliveira who lies 40 points behind us. We need to keep working hard in the last two races, starting fully focused next week in Malaysia.”


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