Kent arrives strong at home GP27/08/2014
Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo rider confident heading to British Grand Prix after taking his first podium of the year and Husqvarna’s first in Moto3. Niklas Ajo wants to fight for top positions.
The twelfth round of the Moto3 World Championship will take place this weekend in Britain, the country of origin of Danny Kent. After claiming his first podium of the season and the first for Husqvarna in Moto3, the British rider will try to get back on the box in front of his home fans. Fellow Husqvarna man Niklas Ajo will focus on fighting for the front spots in the race and showing the form he had before suffering injury at Assen.
Boosted by his third place at Brno, Kent will be full of confidence going into this Grand Prix. The Silverstone circuit, the longest in the World Championship at 5.9km, is a favourite of the British rider, who will be chasing another podium in front of his home fans. This will be the fifth time that the Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo rider participates in a World Championship round at the Silverstone track where he debuted in Grand Prix racing in 2010. His best finish to date there is sixth in Moto3 in 2012.
Niklas Ajo looks to get back to his best this weekend. With his foot injury completely forgotten, the Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo rider added four more points to his tally at Brno –insufficient for the demanding Finn who wants to fight for places in the Top 5. He has always completed the race at the British GP and last year placed fifteenth.
The Husqvarna Moto3 riders come to Britain fresh off a maiden Moto3 podium for the factory. Kent’s rostrum finish at Brno was the first podium finish for Husqvarna in 42 years, since Bo Granath took third positions in 500c races in Austria and Sweden back in 1972.
As is traditional at this Grand Prix, the Moto3 race will round off Sunday’s action at 2.30pm local time.
Circuit information – Silverstone
Length: 5.900m / 3.666 miles
Width: 17 metres
Left corners: 8
Right corners: 10
Longest straight: 770m / 0.478 miles
“I don’t think we could be in better shape for my home round, after my first podium of the season, but we cannot relax and we must work to achieve more. We had a great race at Brno and I hope to repeat it at Silverstone. We have demonstrated that we can be on the podium. In Argentina we qualified on the front row and at Brno we took a first podium, so now we need to keep this up, trying to win races or placing on the rostrum. The Silverstone track is one that I really like. I’m looking forward to racing in front of the fans.”
“Silverstone is a very different track to Brno. It’s usually very windy and cold. There are all kinds of corners, especially fast ones, and the occasional bumps, so it’s not an easy circuit. I hope the weather is good, like it was last year. We will try to work at our best heading at this Grand Prix. I have fond memories of the track, as both last year and the previous year I was part of the lead group, but I have never really been able to complete a good race there. We hope to improve this year and will strive for a podium finish.”