Danny extends his championship lead with Assen podium
Leopard Racing’s Danny Kent rode a brilliant race at the TT Assen today to finish in third place after fighting for victory throughout the 22 lap distance.
Danny, who started from fourth position on the grid, underlined his cleverness again when he was battling within a group of seven riders and didn’t take too much risk. Conditions had changed to the previous days with heavy wind.
Danny spoke after the chequered flag about lack in terms of speed compared to his contenders. But with his seventh rostrum finish out of eight in this year the 22 year young Englishman extended the championship lead over Italian Enea Bastianini up to 57 points.
The Moto3™ World Championship moves for the next race to Germany to the famous and every year much crowded Sachsenring in two weeks’ time.
#52 Danny KENT – 3rd, World Championship position 1st (165 points):
“Wow, what a race because there was war out on track during the entire distance today. No, I’m really happy to be on the podium again and beyond that in doing so we were able to extend our lead in the championship, which is why we are here. I struggled a bit with our speed, even though in the slipstream. Due to the more windy conditions it was hard to head the group because you lost so much references as well as you lost so much on the straight. It wasn’t easy to stay calm. But to be honest, when you’re racing in a group up to seven riders you can’t really think about anything else as there were countless battles for positions. I pushed really hard in the final lap, but honestly speaking I was a bit early on the brakes into the last corner. But we can be happy overall because we finished ahead of Bastianini, who is our main contender in the championship. So this was clearly my goal for today.”