Disastrous qualifying 'not a massive drama' for Kent

Author: Oli Rushby in Valencia Posted: 07 Nov 2015

Kent will start the race 18th

Danny Kent will start tomorrow’s Moto3 race from 18th on the grid after his worst qualifying of the season in Valencia.

Despite being on the cusp of winning the world title tomorrow, Kent says the poor qualifying isn’t down to increased pressure this weekend but rather a gearbox change ahead of the session which didn’t work out.

“It was a bad qualifying,” said Kent after the session. “We made a gearbox change from the rest of the weekend and we were hitting the limiter more or less everywhere on the track. Maybe we were losing 0.4 easily just where we were hitting the limiter as everyone else’s bikes just kept pulling. It’s a little bit frustrating, we haven’t got the best of feelings with the bike.

“We just have to look at the data, work hard and try and make a change in a different direction to see if we can make that one step faster. It’s not a massive drama, we put some good sectors together. One lap I’d be fast in T1 and then the next it’d be T2 so for sure my ideal is a faster than the time we did.”

Kent denies that he’s under pressure this weekend, stating he felt more pressure in the previous three rounds where he went on to miss out on three title chances.

“I wouldn’t say there’s pressure at all. I felt a lot more pressure in previous races than I do now. It’s just the lap times after very close around this track.”

The 21-year-old needs to finish just 14th to take the title tomorrow should championship rival Miguel Oliveira win the race and with this in mind, Kent isn’t sure his qualifying will have too much of a say on the final result.

“It’s not too bad passing around here, there are a lot of braking points. The way the track is laid out there are probably only three or four passing places but there are enough places to get past.

“There was no plan at all today. It’s our last qualifying, so we went out there and did what we needed to do. Whatever happened today isn’t going to change tomorrow."