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Kent: “We’ve finally done it”

Kent: “We’ve finally done it”

Danny Kent takes his Moto3™ World Championship on his fourth attempt with a safe ninth in the Valencia GP.

At the beginning of 2015 there seemed little doubt that Danny Kent would become the 2015 Moto3™ World Champion, but the Leopard Racing rider was made to work for his first world title. A series of difficult races brought Kent’s 110 point lead down to 24 points, a chance he could lose it all in the final race. But the Brit kept his cool and kept his nerves under control to secure the 2015 title in the last race. Kent took little risks in the race as he only needed a top 14 finish to secure the title, regardless of where rival Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Ajo) finished. Despite a worrying moment or two as teammate Hiroki Ono passed him, Kent was able to finish in ninth and take the title.

For 2016 Kent will remain with his Leopard Racing team but move up to the Moto2™ World Championship on Kalex machinery. For the first time since Barry Sheene, Britain have a motorcycle World Champion. Not since 1969 has a British rider won the lightweight class title and no doubt many young Brits will be hoping to emulate Kent in the coming years. It has been a landmark year for Kent and Britain, his journey to being Moto3™ Champion a difficult one making the reward all the better.

Danny Kent: “You know it wasn’t a big problem with Ono. The main thing was I was controlling the gap behind us as we needed to finish inside the top 14. I wasn’t too worried about Hiroki being there, I just let him sit in front and then he let me go in front. It’s a massive relief as we’ve gone into the last four races knowing in the back of our minds that we could have been champion and we got our hopes up and then we weren’t able to do it. But now we’ve finally done it. A massive thank you to my family and my team, to sponsors and the fans.”

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