Danny Kent becomes first British world champion since Barry Sheene

Britain’s Danny Kent claimed the Moto3 world championship title on Sunday in Valencia.

The 21-year-old finished ninth in the final race of the season to claim the title, becoming the first British man to win a MotoGP title in any class since 1977, when Sheene won the title in the 500cc class.

Leopard Racing rider Kent won three of the first four races of the season and collected three more victories over the course of the campaign.

He went into Sunday’s finale with a healthy cushion over Miguel Oliveira of Portugal, and a safe top 10 finish confirmed his title despite Oliveira winning the race.

Kent will move up to Moto2 next season, having considered offers to graduate straight to MotoGP. The Briton is to stay with his current Leopard Racing squad, which is run by the Kiefer team that took Stefan Bradl to the 2011 Moto2 title.

“We’ve experienced a great season this year so I’m really excited to start our challenge in the intermediate category,” he said after announcing his decision recently.

“A massive thank you to all people in the team for believing in me and I’m pretty sure that we also can have a great season in 2016 together.”

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