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Moto3 Jerez: 'I knew Quartararo was going to try' - Kent

Danny Kent rode to his third consecutive Moto3 win – the first British rider to do so in GPs since 1977 – after a last lap lunge from Fabio Quartararo
Danny Kent was relieved to come out on top of a 'good fight' to claim his third consecutive win in the Moto3 class, after holding off a wayward Fabio Quartararo challenge.

The 21-year old was engaged in a frantic four-way fight for victory on the final lap at Jerez. Entering the infamous Jorge Lorenzo hairpin for the final time in second, Kent opted to pull inside of leader Miguel Oliveira.

Speaking after the race, and having become the first British rider to win three straight grands prix since Barry Sheene in 1977, Kent revealed that he knew Fabio Quartararo in third wasn't going to settle for a lesser podium position.

“I knew he was going to try and do it,” said the Leopard Racing Honda man. “All three of us had the same plans to go for the inside. We came together but luckily we all stayed on.

“The corner is famous for last lap moves and it's because everyone wants to be on the same piece of track. Fabio went to pass me and Oliveira and we were quite lucky to stay on the bike. It was a good fight because in the last few races I've been able to pull away. I'm just happy to get another win.”

Having qualified second on Saturday, Kent predicted it would be a two-way fight between himself and teenage sensation Quartararo. Yet for much of the race he was also occupied with holding off challenged from Oliveira, Brad Binder and Efren Vazquez.

“My plan was to try to get to the front because every time that I was in front the lap times would drop compared to when the others were in front. I thought that I could maybe pull away and open a gap but coming out of the Stadium section I tried to get on the gas a little bit too early and the rear came around on me. I lost the drive and they came back past me.

“Anyway I don't think that I had the pace to pull away from them and it was good to sit behind them and see that I was stronger than them in quite a few places. It all worked out quite well.”

Asked whether there had been contact at the final corner, Kent confirmed there had. “We touched. It was a pretty typical Moto3 race, it wasn't anything aggressive. We all wanted to get to the front as quickly as possible and in some places we were stronger and in some other places they were stronger.”

The result sees the Englishman extend his advantage over team-mate Efren Vazquez in the championship to 31 points.

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May 04, 2015 10:14 AM

Fantastic ride from Danny. The utter domination of his last two wins was amazing, but to show that he can fight wheel to wheel and still come out on top, demonstrated his ability to clearly think in the heat of battle and all riders involved in the four-way battle were a credit to hard, clean racing. With this win, Kent has shown that he can win either way and his rivals must be beginning to seriously doubt they can beat him over the season.


May 04, 2015 4:56 PM

I said a similar thing after the race myself, very clever riding and can do it out front alone or stuck in a proper fight. Great stuff and if he stays injury free he has to be the title favourite

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