MOTORCYCLING EXCLUSIVE: The Danny Kent column
Updated 4:40pm Tuesday 6th May 2014 in Sport
IT’S been an eventful two weeks which has seen me taking part in the Argentinian and Spanish legs of the Moto3 World Championship, writes Danny Kent.
We went into the weekend at Termas de Rio Hondo and made a big step forward to qualify third, securing a spot on the front row.
On race day I got off to a good start and I was in the leading group but, unfortunately, my front tyre got totally destroyed and things took a turn for the worse from that point on.
I had to slow right down and narrowly escaped a crash with the result that I finished ninth which was very disappointing.
Despite the poor finish, I still think the Argentinian race was my strongest so far, mainly due to the qualification, the way the team worked together and how I was leading in the front group.
The track was also new and fast with no slow corners which totally suited my style of racing – just how I like it!
Things happen in races and you just have to pick yourself up and carry on to the best of your ability.
At the Jerez circuit in Spain last weekend, we made changes to the bike so it sat longer and was more stable around corners when braking. This definitely helped but to be fair we had been struggling all week and in the end I wasn’t very happy with my performance on race day. I finished 11th despite a strong start.
I’ve just returned home and with Le Mans around the corner on May 18 my main priority is to get more consistently fast laps under my belt. Also, physical fitness is really important so I’ll be training every day with my personal trainer. After all, the fitter I am, the fitter I’ll feel and that’ll give me that all important edge.
Overall, I now sit joint ninth in the championship and I’m getting stronger and stronger with each race. I’ll need to start competing for those all important podium positions, too, and with 13 races left in the season there will be plenty of opportunities.
Onwards and upwards, as they say.
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