Danny takes the Moto3 title at Valencia
Leopard Racing’s Danny Kent was crowned as new Moto3™ World Champion today when he did his utmost to score the necessary points for clinching the crown.
The season’s shootout got underway on time in front of full-packed grandstands at the Valencia Circuit and in fantastic weather conditions.
Danny, who left the line just in 18th position, showed once again all his cleverness that proves a true champion to avoid all troubles during the opening laps before he started to make progress through the field to finally bring it home in ninth place.
Meanwhile, his only contender for the Moto3 crown, Portuguese rider Miguel Oliveira, was racing amongst the front group all race long and took the win finally.
#52 Danny KENT – 9th, World Champion (260 points):
“From the beginning of the weekend the plan was to finish the race inside the top 14 and I want to stay outside of any troubles so I settled behind the big group and just tried to manage the gap to the riders behind me which were safe two seconds. You know it wasn’t a big problem with Ono. The main thing was I was controlling the gap behind us. I wasn’t too worried about Hiroki being there, I just let him sit in front and then he let me go in front. It’s a massive relief as we’ve gone into the last four races knowing in the back of our minds that we could have been champion and we got our hopes up and then we weren’t able to do it. But now we’ve finally done it. I’m so happy about that big achievement. A massive thank you to my family and my team, to sponsors with Mr Flavio Becca as the boss of this fantastic project as well to all fans out there.”
Stefan KIEFER (Team manager):
“It’s done finally! I can’t explain how big the stone was, which fell down today. We’re so happy now because the last weeks were more than nail-biting to bring home this world championship. So congratulations to Danny who rode an excellent season this year as well as he has proven as a real champion during today’s race, riding very clever, particularly after a difficult qualifying he endured yesterday. In general he did what he had to do and likewise we tried to explain to him. Congratulations again to Danny, he deserves this title so much particularly because he managed all the pressure from the last races in a great way.”