Fourth at Le Mans ‘feels like victory’ for Danny
Leopard Racing’s Danny Kent displayed an outstanding performance today by pulling through the entire Moto3 field to cross the line in fourth place at the French Grand Prix.
After Saturday’s unfortunate qualifying practice, in which Danny qualified down on the grid in 31st position, the young Englishman showed a true champion potential by a superb race in fine weather conditions. Thanks to a great start and even more a clever tactic during the opening laps after which he crossed the line already well inside the top 15, Kent stormed towards the front group lap by lap.
He then took care about tyre wear before pushing harder in the latter stages of the race to close the gap to the leading group with later race winner Romano Fenati, Enea Bastianini, Francesco Bagnaia and Fabio Quatararo, who unfortunate crashed ouf of the race.
For the final laps Danny saw his chance for a possible rostrum finish but he preferred to bring home as much valuable points as possible for the championship. Anyway, after his poor starting position this fourth place tastes like a victory for the series leader who extended his gap over Bastianini to a 37 points lead.
After a two weeks break the Moto3™ World Championship moves to the picturesque Mugello circuit for the Italian round later this month.
#52 Danny KENT – 4th, World Championship position 1st (91 points):
“This fourth place feels like a victory because we were starting down on the grid in P31. We knew it would be a tough race but I managed the opening laps very well and as soon I got my rhythm I was able to make a great recovery and step by step I came closer to the front. But during this stage I pushed my rear tyre pretty much to catch the group in front of me. If we had a good qualifying yesterday I think I had the pace to pull away like I did in Austin and Argentina last month. But with today’s fourth place we gained much valuable points for the championship and most important we could open the gap to a 37 points lead. I think we can be happy with the outcome of this weekend. I didn’t realize that Efren crashed out of the race but saw Fabio also crashing. After that I immediately switched my mind to think about the championship even though I saw a small change for a podium during the final laps. After this strong start into the series we’re definitely here to win the championship. Finally thanks to my team and all sponsors because Le Mans was another great weekend to work with them.”