Danny Kent fails to build on good start to the weekend
7:37am Monday 16th September 2013 in Sport
TETBURY teenager Danny Kent continued to struggle on his Tech 3 Mistral 10 machine for the 13th round of the Moto2 World Championship at the Misano Marco Simoncelli circuit in San Marino, writes Alannah Fellows.
The 19-year-old finished free practise in the top 16 and qualified in an even stronger 13th position.
Kent got off to a strong start on his MMCG-backed machine and was up into the top ten on the opening laps. Despite this positive start, Kent gradually fell back to cross the line in 19th after running wide around the back of the circuit. He scored no points in the championship.
Danny explained: “That was definitely not the result I had anticipated after a strong Friday and Saturday.
“I got an amazing start and was into eighth position but I ran wide going on to the back straight and that lost me a lot of places. I couldn’t find my rhythm and I was making a few mistakes, so obviously I'm very disappointed because 19th is not where I expected to finish.
“I need to go away now and try and regroup and be back fighting strong for the next race.”
CIRENCESTER Deer Park schoolboy Jordan Weaving also had a weekend to forget in the penultimate round of the Red Bull Rookies Cup in San Marino where he was forced to retire.
Fresh off the back of a stunning win at Donington Park in the British Motostar Championship the previous weekend, 16-year-old Jordan was hoping to continue his progress on the world stage.
However, brake problems hindered Weaving all weekend on his KTM, which led to him qualifying in 17th position on the grid despite being just over a second off the pole position time.
Jordan got away to a strong start and was soon up into 12th position, just four seconds behind the leaders in this highly competitive class.
However his fast pace didn't last long as recurring brake issues forced him to enter the pits when in 17th place at the end of the fourth lap and his race was over.