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Kent "Really Happy" After Donington BSB But Expected "A Bit More"

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Danny Kent’s fine run of form in this year’s British Superbike Championship continued at Donington Park at the weekend with the McAMS Racing Yamaha rider taking three top four finishes to move into second overall in the title standings.

Tipped by many to be a dark horse for this year’s championship, the 2015 Moto3 World Champion is more than living up to that billing, continually stringing together strong results.

Danny Kent left Donington Park as the best Yamaha rider in the championship and with a podium finish. He still "expected a bit more", though.
Danny Kent, 2024 Donington Park BSB. Credit: Impact Images.

Never outside the top six in the first nine races this year, three podiums have come his way so far as well as no less than four fourth place finishes, one of which came in the opening race of the Donington Park weekend.


“I had mixed emotions coming away from Race 1 with P4,” he said. “The goal is always to finish on the podium, but we took a good chunk of points out of the leaders in the championship and moved up into P2.”

“I struggled a little at the beginning of the race, but once the tyre dropped a little, I got myself into a good rhythm. It’s a shame that the race was red-flagged as I was just starting to gain time on the top three.”

Fourth was the outcome again in Sunday’s Sprint race but his pace, particularly towards the end of the race, was clear to see as he set the fastest lap and he again showed that in the final race. At one stage, it looked like he’d been dropped by the leading group, but he fought back superbly to claim third, just holding off championship leader Glenn Irwin on the run to the flag.

“I’m leaving Donington Park really happy. It’s great to come away from the weekend with another podium finish for the team. We came into this weekend as fifth in the championship, so to be leaving as the runners-up is a nice feeling. “

“To be honest, I was expecting a bit more from myself over all three races. The team gave me a great bike, which was definitely capable of being on the podium in all three races. It just came down to my race craft in the early stages of each race. The consistency seems to be good, so we’re in a good mindset as we head towards the next round.”

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