Danny Kent says he will take a more aggressive approach to this weekend’s British Grand Prix after admitting the pressure of leading the championship restricted him in recent races. The home favourite leads Enea Bastianini by 45 points although that advantage has shrunk after a couple of disappointing results since the summer break.
Kent could only manage seventh in the restarted Czech GP at Brno and speaking ahead of this weekend’s Grand Prix at Silverstone, the Leopard Racing rider feels he allowed himself to become too cautious.
“The first eight races were a dream start to the year, finishing constantly on the podium, but in the last two races we’ve had a bit of bad luck. In Indy, we had the pace all weekend but bad luck in the race and in Brno we didn’t have a new tyre for the restart. We come to my home Grand Prix still with confidence and motivation very high and keen to put on a show for the home crowd.”
“We need to keep working hard. I know this track will suit me and the Honda very well, similar to Austin. In the last couple of races, maybe I’ve tried more to defend the championship rather than win it so I think this weekend we need to be a bit more aggressive and show that bit of steel and try to be king of Moto3!”
Kent’s future has also been the talk of the paddock with rumours continuing to link him with a move to MotoGP. When asked to offer advice to lightweight class leader, MotoGP stars Valentino Rossi, Marc Marquez and Andrea Iannone recommended a move to Moto2, perhaps tongue-in-cheek, while Jorge Lorenzo was much more reserved, opting purely to wish Kent the best of luck in deciding his next career step.