MOTORCYCLING: Positive weekend for Danny Kent, Josh Day and Jordan Weaving
7:02pm Monday 21st October 2013 in Sport
TETBURY’S motorcycle ace Danny Kent enjoyed a positive weekend in Australia for the 16th round of the world championship at Philip Island, where he finished in the points for the third time this season, writes Alannah Fellows.
Kent had a lot of work to do in the shortened Moto2 race following tyre problems on the new Australian surface which saw him qualify in 22nd position.
The 19-year old made great progress through the field and was then locked in an intense battle with compatriot Gino Rea for 13th position, which Kent secured narrowly at the chequered flag, picking up three championship points in the process.
Kent said: “I can’t deny I was quite fortunate to score points today. There were a lot of crashes and early in the race I was struggling with the pain in my neck and shoulder after a crash on Friday.
"I got more comfortable once the adrenaline kicked in and I was having a good battle with Gino at the end of the race.
"It was pretty easy to follow him and with two laps to go I passed him, but when you are in front the wind blows you around a lot.
"I just made sure I stayed consistent and I was fast enough to keep him behind me. After a difficult weekend, I am happy to be back in the points.”
The penultimate round of the Moto2 season takes place at Twin Ring Motegi, in Japan, this weekend.
CIRENCESTER’S Josh Day had a strong finish to a tough season in the National Superstock 1000 class at Brands Hatch, crossing the line in sixth after a tough battle in this competitive class.
Failing to take advantage of the first dry qualifying practice session, Day had to start from17th on the grid, despite setting the fastest time when qualifying in the wet on Saturday.
With rain greeting the riders on race day, 25-year-old Day was in confident mood.
Getting a strong start, he roared up to eighth position early on and was then locked in a battle for sixth, which he won on his Be Wiser Kawasaki to end the season on a high.
Day beamed: "I was so pleased with the race result and what we managed to achieve in the last race of the year.
"I knew after second qualifying in the wet that we had a great wet set-up and this played into my hands come race day when I saw the weather.
"I got a good start but by the time I worked my way through the front runners had made a break and I wasn't able to catch them so had to settle for sixth.
"I've enjoyed this season, it's had its ups and downs but that's racing and I hope to be back in the paddock again next year. I must thank all the team for everything they have done."
CIRENCESTER Deer Park schoolboy Jordan Weaving ended his season in the Motostar British Championship on a high at the legendary Brands Hatch circuit, finishing on the podium.
The 16-year-old qualified only on the fourth row of the grid (in 11th position) after having a mechanical problem with his KTM Moto3 in the opening session.
Weaving was struck with further problems on the warm-up lap as he stalled his bike on the grid, which meant he was forced to start the race from the pit lane.
Weaving came into the first corner at Paddock Hill dead last but soon began to make up places. Showing extraordinary racing skills, Weaving moved rapidly through almost the entire field and crossed the line in a stunning third position.
This podium place secured him 16 points, leaving him sixth in the championship table.
With both his competitions – the Motostar and Red Bull Rookies Cup – having come to a close Weaving will now focus on his winter training in a bid to come back an even stronger rider in 2014.
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