Career first Bennetts BSB podium for Kent as Suzuki back in the top three

Career first Bennetts BSB podium for Kent as Suzuki back in the top three

02 August 2021

Former Moto3 World champion Danny Kent became the ninth different podium finisher in the 2021 Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Thruxton, claiming his first top three finish in the class.

Kent enjoyed his best weekend’s racing aboard a superbike so far, putting together a controlled performance to push through the field to third in changeable conditions.

The third place marked the first podium finish of the season for the Buildbase Suzuki team, despite some strong races already this year.

Kent said: “I was really happy with the podium, and really the whole weekend, and it’s great to be able to repay the team for all of the hard work they’ve been putting in.

“I enjoyed Thruxton when I last came here and I made it through to Q2 then, so I was hopeful of going well, coming back on a better package, and I felt good from the first dry session.

“We also made positive steps and Brands Hatch even though the results weren’t there, so we were confident coming into the weekend.

“In that last race I got into third and was able to click off some fast laps and was catching the two in front, and the gap to Danny [Buchan] starting the last lap was under a second, but I thought, at that point, with a couple of seconds behind me, to just take the guaranteed podium.

“It would have been very easy to make a mistake, in those conditions, especially.

“Donington next should suit me and the bike too, confidence is high after getting the podium, I’m already looking forward to getting going.”