Danny’s title hopes postponed as he is taken out at Phillip Island
It was an unlucky outcome of the Australian round today for series leader Danny Kent, as he missed out his chance for winning the world title today again due to an unfortunate race crash.
It’s obvious that summer time isn’t far away at the southern hemisphere as bright skies with ambient temperatures and some light winds accompanied race day at Phillip Island for the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix. It seems all went according to plan as the Moto3 pack left the line on time at 1:00pm local time.
The Leopards with Danny Kent and Efren Vazquez both settled well within the lead grouping straight away but in that huge group hard fought battles for positions appeared in every corner during the early stages of the race till Championship favourite Danny Kent was hit by another rider in breaking point for the Melbourne Hairpin.
Although, the season dominant rider recovered quickly after this incident where he ran wide through the right-hander but a couple of laps later, Kent was hit a second time by another rider but this time he couldn’t avoid a fall. Fortunately for Danny, he escaped unhurt from this nasty crash which is the same for Niccolo Antonelli and Enea Bastianini, who where also involved. After Bastianini did not finish the race, it’s now Portuguese rider and later race winner Miguel Oliveira, who Danny needs to pay attention on in the fight for the world title.
The Moto3™ World Championship heads immediately to the Malaysian Grand Prix next weekend for the penultimate round of the action packed series this year.
#52 Danny KENT – NC, World Championship position 1st (244 points):
“Honestly speaking, I’m a little bit disappointed about the outcome of the weekend because I felt really strong on the bike during every session and also in the race today. I felt very confident that we could have left the island as champions. I was racing in the leading group and it was really easy to stay with them but one time in breaking zone for the hairpin I was hit by another rider, which was the first time to push me wide and I dropped back many positions. But I was able to recover quickly as I found myself in sixth position just two laps later. Then I was hit again, which took me out of the race. So now Enea (Bastianini) is out of the title run but we need to pay all attention to Miguel Oliveira who lies 40 points behind us. We need to keep working hard in the last two races, starting fully focussed next week in Malaysia.”