MOTORCYCLING EXCLUSIVE: The Danny Kent column

Malmesbury's motorcycling ace Danny Kent

Malmesbury's motorcycling ace Danny Kent

First published in Sport

SUNDAY'S race in the Moto3 World Championship – the British Grand Prix at my home circuit of Silverstone – was the most exciting yet, writes Danny Kent.

And to top it off, I was the first GB rider to cross the line.

There was a lot of build-up to the event. I was in Central London to promote Silverstone coverage and Marc Marquez, one of the best in the world, rode across the Millennium Bridge.

I think he is the first person ever to ride over it.

The weather caused us a few problems trackside at Silverstone as we battled with strong winds all weekend which meant it was hard for the riders to get into slipstreams and gain speed.

In free practice the track temperatures were pretty low, around 15 degrees, but I still managed to get out and nail some good laps which put me in 11th place with a time of 2min 15.044sec.

In the final qualifying session the track temperature rose to 24 degrees which helped improve my time by a second. However, I got stuck in traffic and was not able to improve it any further, qualifying in 12th place.

I was happy with the time and the position on the grid. I had been in the same position in Brno where I managed to get a podium finish.

On Sunday, weather conditions trackside continued to improve as the winds had died down, and with the temperatures in the low twenties it looked set to be a great day of racing. However, it didn’t all go to plan. I began to lose time from the first lap as my bike began to overheat causing me to lose power on the straights.

This isn’t ideal at Silverstone as the circuit is known for the longest straights on the calendar, but in the final lap I did make it up to sixth, thanks to my speed in the corners, only to drop back to ninth on the final straight.

It was frustrating losing power on the straights, especially in front of a home crowd. I was hoping to get a podium place for the home supporters and I was gutted I couldn’t do it this time around.

It’s a great feeling seeing all the England flags around the track especially when they have your number on them. The noise and the atmosphere were incredible.

I had all my friends and family at the track too giving me support which was great.

They were in the pits before the race but watched the race from the box so I could focus.

I also had a fellow local rider Jordan Weaving down in the pits with me. I often do some training with him so I got him a pass.

The next round is on September 14 at the Misano circuit in San Marino.

Hopefully the weather will be good while I am home so I can get outside and do some fitness training on my road bike, too. We have a few routes which I like to do so I hope the weather stays good.

I’m looking forward to Misano, it’s one of my favourite tracks, so it should be a great experience as long as we don’t have the same radiator problems that we did at Silverstone.

I know I can put in a fast performance like Brno and get back on the podium once again.

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