Danny crashes out at Aragon while fighting for podium
Today’s Moto3™ Gran Premio de Aragón was decided in a dramatically final stage of the competition as Leopard Racing’s Danny Kent crashed out of the race for the first time this year whilst fighting for a possible podium finish.
Slightly changed weather conditions with somewhat of cooler temperatures during the race were no reason for the wild Moto3 pack to fight for glory in their hardest way today at Aragon with a huge group up to ten riders in the front group. Series leader Danny Kent, who started from third spot on the grid, rode a decent race during the early stages before he took the cards on the table to show his real strengths around the 5.1 kilometres long MotorLand Aragón circuit.
Danny was strong all weekend on the brakes and he also was able to carry on more corner speed than his contenders which was the reason when he had a highsider during the final lap, trying to pass Spanish rider Jorge Navarro racing in front of him in second place.
Fortunately, Danny escaped unhurt but it was luck in bad luck too as his main rival in the fight for this year’s Moto3 title, Enea Bastianini, also crashed out of the race today just one lap earlier. So the world standing with four races left remains unchanged at the top.
The Moto3™ series takes a two weeks break now before the paddock goes overseas for the annually Asia-/Australia tour, starting with the Grand Prix of Japan early in October which marks the home round for the team’s Hiroki Ono-San.
#52 Danny KENT – NC, World Championship position 1st (234 points):
“Overall it’s a little bit disappointing to not finish the race because we had a big chance to extend our championship lead today. However, as you know I would be a lot more disappointed if I would have finished in second place and Enea (Bastianini) would have won the race because that means we would have lost points again. But we could be happy as we go to Japan now with four races left and a 55 points lead which makes it more difficult for our competitors to catch up. But I’m happy with our performance because we started into the weekend struggling with the front, but my crew lead by Peter worked so hard so I was able to enjoy this race so much as I was definitely one of the strongest on the brakes into the corners. A big thanks to my team but I’m also sorry to report this crash because till that point everything went so well. I had a little bit more corner speed than Navarro so I tried to go on the inside but the rear came under me and throw me over the bike. Luckily I’m ok but it’s a shame to miss out this big opportunity to finish this race on the podium again. Anyway, we are ready for the last four races, starting with the oversea trip next month.”