Danny Kent opens 2015 by delivering Leopard their first podium
Danny Kent celebrated a well-deserved rostrum finish in third place for Leopard Racing at the Grand Prix of Qatar today.
Spectators on spot as well in front of TV screens saw an intense battle for victory during the 20 lap Moto3 race at the super-fast Losail International Circuit. Amongst a group up to ten riders played Leopard Racing’s duo with Danny Kent and teammate Efren Vazquez a significant role.
The team’s young British rider Danny Kent delivered a solid start and it took just a couple of laps to see him fighting for the leading position in the race. Due to his consistent pace throughout the weekend he tried, once on top of the pack, to fasten the pace as soon it dropped down due to the intense battle of many riders.
Danny then rode a smart race as he studied his competitors and brought himself in a good position before the last corner to catch some riders till the line. Kent eventually saw the chequered flag in third place.
The season opener in Qatar was won by Frenchman Alexis Masbou ahead of young Italian rider Enea Bastianini. The Moto3 World Series continues in two weeks’ time in Austin, Texas at the challenging Circuit of the Americas.
#52 Danny KENT – 3rd, World Championship position 3rd:
“I’m so happy for this third place because we’ve worked very hard since the beginning of this new project. All winter tests went pretty well for us which was shown due to that fact that we’re very strong in every session throughout the weekend, starting with Thursday evening’s fastest lap time in FP1. I’d straight away a good feeling with bike here at Losail and we’re very consistent. So from this point of view preparations for the race were done very well as well we knew we had a good race pace too. The race itself was similar to last year were a big group was leading the field and lap times dropped down to almost two seconds slower than in practice sessions. I tried to get in front of the pack and as soon the pace slowed I tried to make to group to just two or three riders. But every time I had look behind me I saw that huge pack with eight, nine riders or something like that. .Therefore I decided to work hard, ride a clever race till the end and that paid off and I claimed the podium. In general it was a good weekend as we did a great job. So thanks to my team for their efforts as well to our sponsors who made it possible to bring this project to a high level from the very first moment – thanks a lot.”