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Old 11-08-2015, 09:50 AM   #1
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Britains Danny Kent crowned Moto3 World Champion

Kent becomes first British World Champion since Barry Sheene in 1977

BRITAIN’S Danny Kent has been crowned the 2015 Moto3 World Champion in Valencia today.

Leopard Racing’s Kent has become the first British World Champion since Barry Sheene in the 500cc class in 1977 at the Grand Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana.

Kent’s only title rival, Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Miguel Oliveira, knew that he had to win and Kent finish 15th or lower to deny the Brit the title and he did his part by taking the race victory, but was denied the championship by Kent’s mature performance.

The Brit had to fight until the very end to finish number one in the Moto3 World Championship, but despite Aragon’s disaster, Kent still managed to bring the title home to Britain.

Speaking after the race in Valencia, Kent said: ‘It is an amazing feeling after a long, hard season. We had six wins and we have done what we set out to achieve at the start, the title, and that is the job done.

‘The emotions are high. For the last four races we had a chance of the title and at times it was a little bit disheartening, but we had to put on a brave faces as we came so close and now we have been able to do it.

‘It is all down to a lot of hard work, having a great team behind me. To do it, you need some good luck, great team, and great support behind you as you are taking on the World’s best.

‘This is the dream come true and it is thanks to everyone who has supported me.’

The 21-year-old debuted in the World Championship in 2010 at the British Grand Prix and ever since has been chasing his World Championship dream.

Up until 2015, Kent had worked mainly with the Ajo squad, but was offered the chance to sign with a newly formed team called Leopard Racing at the start of the 2015 season – the gamble has paid off.

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