MotoGP Silverstone: Kent makes history with Moto3 victory

Kent extends his lead in the class
Kent extends his lead in the class Picture: Bonnie Lane

Leopard Racing’s Danny Kent stormed to a dominant Moto3 victory at Silverstone in wet conditions, extending his lead in the championship. A mature and educated race now makes him the first British winner of a lightweight class at the historic English track.

At first it was Isaac Vinales who was initially leading the race, but he crashed out after only four laps, leaving the English rider with a clear track ahead of him. When the chequered flag appeared Kent had a eight second advantage over second place finisher, Jakub Kornfeil, with Niccolo Antonelli completing the Moto3 rostrum.

But Kent was not the only Brit to bag some solid points in the wind and rain, Scotland’s very own John McPhee crossed the line in sixth and wildcard rider’s Luke Hedger and Taz Taylor ended the race in eighteenth and nineteenth respectively.

Kent now has a total of 224 points, and declared that his first Moto3 win on home soil, was ‘like a dream’, even if he did find the torrid weather conditions difficult.

“The last four or five laps were very difficult, there was torrential rain, big puddles and the bike was sliding a lot. This is an amazing win, my best yet - it is a dream - you always want to win your home race,” said Kent at the track.

“It is an amazing feeling and I am really happy. I don’t think about records but when you get down to these races and break records it is a fantastic achievement. The strategy is going to win as many races as possible, the championship is not over until its over.”

Speculation has been rife about where Kent will be in 2016, with rumours linking him to a ride in MotoGP and also Moto2, but the Brit is not going to rush anything and still needs to have discussions with teams regarding his future.

Kent said: “With regards to next year, firstly congratulations to Scott [Redding] who signed with Pramac, we have more offers on the table. We are not going to rush a decision, if we want to go into MotoGP we want to be on a competitive package I am, and others are also convinced by the option about doing a year of Moto2 - but we need to sit down and discuss what we are going to do.”

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