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Kent & Oliveira discuss Moto3™ title showdown

Kent & Oliveira discuss Moto3™ title showdown

Danny Kent and Miguel Oliveira look ahead to the Moto3™ title decider at the Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana.

The two title contenders gathered in front of the world’s media in a special Pre-Event Press Conference at the Comunitat Valenciana – Ricardo Tormo to discuss the forthcoming title-deciding race. Leopard Racing’s Kent (253pts) has a 24-point lead over Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Oliveira (229pts) with just 25 points up for grabs.

Kent has seen a 110-point lead after the British GP reduced to just 24 heading into the final round. Since Silverstone the British Rider has only managed two sixth placed finishes, a seventh and two DNF’s. Despite this bad run of form, Kent knows he only needs to finish in 14th or better to secure the first World Championship for a British rider since Barry Sheene’s 1977 500cc title. Kent has seen a number of chances to become champion this season go begging, but says he is not feeling the pressure in Valencia: “We’ve come to the final race. We have a 24-point lead. Everyone is asking whether I have pressure on my shoulders. We’ve had four chances to clinch the title. You know, all we have to do is to stay out of trouble and finish in the first 14. I hope we can do that. It's not over until it's over. In racing anything can happen but I'll just be happy when I can get Sunday over and done with:”

Oliveira has slowly but surely been eating into Kent’s lead in the standings and has been in devastating form since the British GP, with three race wins and two second places to his name. The 20-year-old Portuguese rider has to win, and hope that Kent finishes in 15th or lower for his dream of lifting the title to come true: “It is quite obvious the maths here are pretty simple, he needs to score two points if I win the race and I must win the race to get any chance of the title. Anyway, it’s kind of a new situation for me as I’ve taken a lot of benefit from Danny’s crashes, especially in the races I have won. This allowed me to recover 86 points since Silverstone, but I think its quite hard to get an advantage here in Valencia as Danny said, it is not a track you can come from first to tenth so easily. For sure though it will be a great battle out there and my goal is to enjoy my last race in this class.”

For both riders this is their final race in Moto3™ before they make the move up to the Moto2™ World Championship in 2016 as teammates for Leopard Racing.

The Moto3™ track action kicks off on Friday at 9:00am local time with Free Practice 1. Click here for the full Valencia GP schedule

Moto3, 2015, GRAN PREMIO MOTUL DE LA COMUNITAT VALENCIANA, Miguel Oliveira, Danny Kent, Leopard Racing, Red Bull KTM Ajo

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