Danny extends his championship lead in Japan
Series leader Danny Kent brought home a hard fought sixth place today at the Japanese Grand Prix.
Changed weather conditions due to overnight rain showers, which continued all day long where the reason for delays this morning and a revised schedule for race day finally. Not only cause of the rain but foremost due to of fog in the air, it was not possible for the Medical Helicopter to fly. After a delayed and at the same time a shortened warm up session also the race start was delayed with a shortened distance of 13 laps than the originally planned 20.
All this forced teams and rider to stay and wait until the action on track got underway with the warm up in full wet conditions, which was the very first time this weekend. However, the rain never stopped completely so the track remained wet for the race too.
Danny, who started from P4 on the grid, got not his best start and in addition to that he run wide during the openings laps due to the tricky conditions. But with every single lap more under his belt he found back to his strong rhythm in the wet and showed a great recovery with the highlight of the weekend when he passed bravely his main rival in the title fight, Enea Bastianini, in the final lap to let him know, who is the real threat.
The MotoGP paddock heads to Australia now for the next round in just one week’s time at the ultrafast Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.
#52 Danny KENT – 5th, World Championship position 1st (244 points):
“I’m really, really happy with the outcome of this weekend. You may know that we came here with the goal to extend our lead in the championship – as it is the case for every race – and even though we did it by just a single point, we achieved this goal and there are just three races remaining in which we just have to collect 19 points and we’re World Champion. So from this point of view it’s all a lot more to our favour and honestly speaking, a lot of pressure is off my shoulder now so we can go to Australia and feel a bit more calm. I think it’s quite normal for a rider who is in this situation for the first time to fight for the World Championship, so it’s same to me to feel a pressure. But now we go into the next races without pressure and try to win races again. The changed weather conditions already this morning didn’t affect me, but the first couple of laps in the race were difficult because I got passed and I ran and in the same moment there were always people who pass you immediately. On the other side I was a bit worried if someone crashes and take me out because I wouldn’t like to spread my race but furthermore to race my own pace which I think I managed well as soon I got into my rhythm. Like I already said, the pressure is off my shoulder, but I also think that Enea has to concentrate on Oliveira from now on. So he doesn’t only think about me but he has to think about his second place in the standings and not get caught by Oliveira in the last races.”