Productive start to testing for Leopard Racing’s Moto2 project
With just a couple of days since the dramatic Moto3 shootout last Sunday at Valencia, both main protagonists for the title started their preparation for the upcoming season these days in southern Spain at great weather conditions. But there is a slight change to themselves as Moto3™ World Champion Danny Kent and runner up Miguel Oliveira are to race in the same colours from now on as Leopard Racing’s powerful entry in the highly competitive intermediate category in Grand Prix racing.
Whilst the 21-year-old Briton Danny Kent is to make a comeback to Moto2, he raced one season back in 2013 before Kent moved back to Moto3 class, the last two days were the very first shakedown for his Portuguese teammate. In any case, both Leopard Racing’s riders did outstanding job at their season starts with not even one fault on both sides of the garage as well from technic side everything went according to plan.
At the test’s conclusion Friday afternoon, Danny was record with a remarkable 1´42.6 which was just three tenth off the pace-setter Alex Rins, who finished the 2015 Moto2 championship in third overall.
The entire team heads now into a well-earned two-month winter break before they return to on-track action with the first test early in February 2016.
#52 Danny KENT – 1´42.656 (88 laps in total)
“The first impression after my comeback to the Moto2 category has been very good. After a couple of laps I felt like back home in this class and it took not a long time to set faster lap times than in my Moto2 season in 2013. In the end I was 1,5 second faster than before at this track. So not only for this I’ve to say that the first feeling with the Kalex bike is really good. In general, it’s a great bike to ride and the support from Kalex we already are receiving is really excellent. However, this was just our first two-day test for the upcoming season so there is still a lot to learn for everyone in the team but also for my side I must working hard to change back my riding style to Moto2 in order to get closer to the front guys. Before heading into the two-month winter break it was important to do this two-day test here in Jerez so I can go back home now to start my fitness training with some slightly changes do the programme to come back in 2016 well prepared for our first Moto2 campaign.”