Danny Kent was pleased to consolidate his championship lead after missing out on his fourth win of the season by 0.07s in a pulsating Moto3 encounter at Mugello.

The Englishman intended to try and break away in the first five laps after comfortably claiming pole position by on Saturday. His morning warm-up pace, some 0.69s faster than the second best man, confirmed Kent could comfortably run alone in the 20-lap race.

However, Mugello's sizable front straight punished his greater height as the 21-year old consistently losing around three to four tenths in the final sector. With the manic dash to the line complicated by slipstream, Kent couldn't break clear of the leading group that eventually included 16 riders.

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Despite slipping to as low as 15th at one point, Kent maintained his cool and pushed his way to second place at San Donato on the final lap. It was only a spirited final lap from Miguel Oliveira that prevented him from picking up another 25-point haul.

Speaking after the press conference on Sunday Kent said, "The plan for me was not to go into the last corner on the last lap in the lead but still we extended the championship lead with second place despite not winning the race. That's the main thing for us.

"I knew that I had the pace to catch back up to the group when I dropped back but i didn't plan on going back as far as 15th! I wanted to save the tyres at that point because on the first few laps I tried to pull away but you lose so much on the front straight when you're in front so my plan changed to sit at the back of the group and save my tyres for the last few laps."

"I was a bit worried of there being a crash in the leading group and when you fall back to 15th you start racing with different people than you're used to so I wanted to get back to sixth or seventh because it's a bit safer there and luckily we were able to secure another podium."

Oliveira's win was the second in a row for KTM, who had tested in Almeria after their debut triumph of the year in Le Mans. With Romano Fenati finally showing flashes of the form that suggested he could challenge for the title, Kent isn't surprised to see the Austrian brand finishing so strongly.

"I think that for me the KTM has been very strong all year, they haven't changed their engine all year but they've changed their settings. I'm not worried about the top speed because today showed that we are strong and can fight for race wins.

"As far as engine power is concerned it was impossible for anyone to break away if they were leading onto the straight because you'd be down to be sixth or seventh at the first corner. For me all the engine manufacturers are very similar and each has their own strengths."

As fellow title challengers Fabio Quartararo and Efren Vazquez crashed out for the second race in succession, Kent managed to extend his championship lead over Enea Bastianini to 46 points. Although it's a healthy margin, Kent is looking at 2014 as evidence as to why he won't get carried away.

"I think that when you look at the results there's not just one guy that you can focus on. Fenati won at Le Mans, Oliviera won here but it's all the normal candidates that will be challenging for the title. There's so many races left and 46 points is a lot of points but Jack had a similar lead last year and lost the title so we need to keep our feet on the ground and keep building that lead.

"You never know what's going to happen in life but it's not just luck. You need the team and you need to work hard. We've just been clever and not been pushing at 100% when I think there's a chance of crashing on the bike but you do need a bit of luck, especially here at Mugello with the long straight. In this race us three on the podium should be happy because we could just as easily finished ninth or tenth."