MOTORCYCLING EXCLUSIVE: The Danny Kent column

Danny Kent and his team celebrate after their great result at Sachsenring. Picture: Bonnie Lane

Danny Kent and his team celebrate after their great result at Sachsenring. Picture: Bonnie Lane

First published in Sport

THE ninth round of the Moto3 World Championships at the Sachsenring circuit in German turned out to be a great weekend, giving me my best result since 2012, writes Danny Kent.

During my free practice on Saturday, I managed to clock the second fastest time on the whole track. This gave me and my team the confidence moving into the qualifying stages where we finished fifth before the rain came in and disrupted the day.

Despite the weather, I was really pleased with the position this put me in for Sunday, as it meant I was on the second row on the grid.

The frustration thing is, but for the rain I could have put in an even faster time.

However, we put the rain behind us and came out on Sunday fully focused on what we needed to achieve over the full race.

By the first corner I was already in fourth place, it was such a good feeling. The race got close and it was heating up and with 10 laps to go myself Alex Marquez and Alexis Masbou were battling it out for third place.

By the final three laps, I had the podium in my sight but Marquez and Masbou finished fractions ahead of me. I finished in fifth with a time of 39min 28.217sec, just 1.29 seconds off the race winner Jack Miller.

It was a great weekend of racing and finishing so close to the front has really given me the confidence to come out fighting for the next event. I am hungry for a podium finish and I know I can get up there this season.

It’s a really nice experience racing in Germany. Sachsenring is one of the smallest circuits which makes the atmosphere more intense and the crowds closer. There were a lot of English flags flying too so I hope I did the supporters proud.

The championship is now in its summer break with the next race in Indianapolis, USA but not until August 10.

I will use this time to take a couple of days to rest and get some sleep, then I will be back in training ready for the second half of the season.

I finished the first half of the championship in 12th place with 46 points, which I know I can build on in the US and the rest of the year.

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