Author: Oli Rushby in Valencia Posted: 08 Nov 2015
Danny Kent has finally been crowned the 2015 Moto3 World Champion after crossing the line ninth in Valencia.
The British rider has endured a tough few weeks, missing out on three chances to clinch the title but sealed the deal in Valencia despite title rival Miguel Oliveira winning the race.
Kent needed to finish 14th to take the title with an Oliveira win and made a steady start to the race after a difficult qualifying session left him 18th.
The 21-year-old stayed out of trouble for most of the 24 lap race, until team-mate Hiroki Ono pulled a hard move to take 11th from the Brit. Knowing the pack behind was closing in, Kent had no choice but to fight with his team-mate. Ono refused to give up the fight, meaning a hairy final few laps for Kent.
Four riders falling at the final corner elevated Ono and Kent to eighth and ninth respectively, meaning Kent had less to worry about from behind as they came through the last turn.
Kent’s final points tally of 260 points sees him beat Red Bull KTM’s Miguel Oliveira by six points to become Britain’s first World Champion since Barry Sheene in 1977.