17.06.12Kent puts up strong fight on home turf
The British Grand Prix on Sunday 17 June at Silverstone saw Red Bull KTM Ajo rider Danny Kent take an impressive sixth position on his home turf, after topping the first FP Session of the Moto3 class earlier in the weekend.
In a race which was characterised by the swapping and changing of positions throughout, Kent found himself locked in an 11-man battle for the lead. After qualifying in fifth position behind team-mate Sandro Cortese, Kent made a great start to the race, pulling away from the grid to fourth position.
The 18-year-old was locked in battle early on with Zulfahmi Khairuddin as both worked hard to fight their way further up into the top ten positions; for some time the pair ran as a duo at the back of the leading group. With 11 laps to go, Kent broke clear of Khairuddin to slot into eighth position, bridging the gap between the leading group. Kent remained within a shout of the podium in the final quarter of the race, achieving his personal best lap time on lap 12. Following a mistake by Efren Vazquez, Kent slipped into fifth position on lap 15, and engaged battle for fourth position with Masbou. The last lap saw Kent shunted down to ninth position however he managed to fight his way back up the pack in order to finish in a commendable sixth.
Tedbury-based Kent now moves up a place on the championship leader board to take 14th position overall. The sixth round of the Moto3 Championship has seen Kent re-build his confidence, placing him in the right frame of mind for the next round in Assen.