Danny fights hard for podium finish at Mugello
Leopard Racing’s Danny Kent proved as cunning as a fox at the Italian Grand Prix in a race long battle for victory today, eventually taking second.
Danny, who extended his championship lead to a 48 point gap over Italian rider Enea Bastianini, underlined his dominant role in this year’s campaign not only by today’s second place but foremost when he took pole position yesterday afternoon with an amazing new fastest circuit lap time.
During the race it came as expected to a race long battle for the rostrum positions with up to 15 riders for some times but Kent displayed cleverness when he tried to avoid getting into too hot battles for positions but at the same time he underlined once again his speedy talent to recover quickly after riding at the far end of this big group.
Race victory at the Tuscan circuit was on the table but Kent couldn’t pass Miguel Oliveira till the line, who celebrated his first win this year.
After a usual two weeks break the Moto3™ World Championship continues in Catalunya with round seven at the Gran Premi de Catalunya.
#52 Danny KENT – 2nd, World Championship position 1st (124 points):
“I’m so happy because this race was a pretty tough one. I did a great start but I knew that it would be difficult to stay at the front all race long. You know Mugello is very special in this kind because you can exit the last corner in first position but at the end of the straight you found yourself back in tenth position or something like that. So you need to ride very clever at this track and you have to be even stronger in some other parts of the track. I also wasn’t worried to ride outside the top ten positions for some laps because the gap to the front wasn’t that big and due to the battles nobody was able to pull away. So everything lasts on the final laps for which I was pretty confident to recover positions. It was a close battle till the line but I couldn’t take the most benefit from Miguel’s slipstream. I’m happy with second place at all because the team did a great job and we extended our lead in the championship in which we get stronger and stronger race by race. A big thanks to my team, to all sponsors as well as to my family.”