Moto3: Brit Danny Kent takes first ever victory in Motegi amid crash filled last lap drama, Cortese’s apology in full

Red Bull KTM rider’s stole all the headlines in Japan as Danny Kent took the win at the Twin Ring circuit, while the final lap held many surprises with Salom taking out then race leader Jonas Folger – handing fellow Ajo team rider Sandro Cortese  a championship winning position with Vinales in fourth at the time, only for the German to also take a tumble, with the vitriol for his own mistake initially being aimed at team mate Kent –  he later published the following apology on his Twitter account @Sandrissimo11 over several posts:

“I’m really sorry about my behaviour today,i just overreact i saw i could win the title already and was just disappointed about what happened! Hope some people little bit understand how i felt,you work your whole life for that moment and in the other second you lose it. I’m really happy that I could finish the race and increase the championship lead!! And of course congratulations to @DannyKent52 for his first victory!!”

Kent’s win is the first GP win by a British rider outside Europe since Barry Sheene won the 500cc GP in Venezuela in 1979

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  1. Not really good enough. He has kind of made an apology to his fans, but not one specifically to Danny Kent. It he was a real idiot after Kent made a clean pass and he completely separately decided to ram another motorcyclist. His petulance engineered is own loss.

    1. I agree with you there, I’d like to think his Twitter apology was genuine, but regardless a celebrity using it as a means of apology seems more like angling for good press over what happened. I truly hope he has been man enough to have apologised to Kent in person although I can find nothing so far to indicate this may have happened, if Stoners tweet was accurate –
      “Hearing some things around the paddock that only a few of @DannyKent52 team were at the podium. They should be ashamed of them selves* ” his team should be apologising too!

      Bet Kent’s looking forward to Tech3 Moto2 even more now.

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