Bad luck at the Brickyard but Danny retains championship advantage
A short rain shower this morning has robbed any hopes for Leopard Racing to continue their brilliant performance as displayed over the course of practice days at the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Changed weather conditions this morning came surprisingly for all parties involved in the hard fought Moto3 championship. Whereas the warm up session earlier this morning was held in dry conditions, riders and teams were forced to change the bike’s setup for a possible wet race due to just some rain drops, but which were enough for a damp track.
However, Leopard Racing’s riders and crew started the race with rain tyres as they couldn’t risk anything because of the world standing at this time of the championship whereas some riders took a gamble to race with slicks from the very first beginning. Such the likes as race winner Livio Loi and his fellow contenders on the podium, John McPhee and Philipp Öttl, were the lucky winners.
So Danny Kent, dominating this season so far with five race wins to his hands, had absolutely no chance to recover after he lost the race in the pits, which was the same case for team mate Efren Vazquez, when they were in to change wheels for the drying track.
Danny finished in 21st position: Fortunate for the team and series leader Kent as his main contenders for the championship weren’t able to take full benefit of Leopard Racing’s bad luck today. It was only Enea Bastianini, who came home in sixth place to catch ten points on Danny’s lead.
The Moto3™ World Championship heads to back to Europe for the next round in the Czech Republic in just one week time.
#52 Danny KENT – 21st, World Championship position 1st (190 points):
“Indianapolis was a great weekend in general till the race got underway. But this tricky conditions made it really hard for us. The main problem was when we came into the pit, it took too long time to change for slick tyres. I think our timing was well chosen as I entered the pits alongside Brad Binder who finished the race in eight position finally. We lost too much time to change the wheels. This is something where the team has to work on, just in case we’ll experience a similar situation in future races. Yes, of course I’m annoyed but we still have a good points lead in the championship so we just need to go to Brno now to recover some more points there. To lose just ten points here shouldn’t be that drama for us.”