Danny leaves Jerez test happy with progress
Today was the third and final day of the first official IRTA in Jerez, the first occasion Leopard Racing have lined up against their 2016 rivals on the same circuit.
2016 will be a new adventure for Leopard Racing, both pilots and their technicians are learning the Kalex that Danny Kent and teammate Miguel Oliveira will contest for the season.
The first session of the day went to waste due to heavy fog and unusually cold weather for the Andalusia region. In the final two sessions the pair of Leopard Racing riders rolled up their sleeves and got to work.
Moto3 World Champion, Danny Kent, focused on different geometry solutions as his knowledge of the Dunlop tyres continues to deepen.
Danny concluded the test in 10th today and in 12th overall, within 0.1s of Stefan Bradl record lap from 2011 and just over a second back on Axel Pons’ test leading time.
Both riders will now have several days to prepare before they head to Qatar for their final pre-season test and the first race of 2016.
#52 Danny KENT – 10th (1:42.874):
“We’ve been doing a lot of work over these three days, it has been very important for me and my crew chief Peter. We’ve been trying many different settings with the different tyres. We have the Dunlop test tyres here so we still have a lot to do an learn with them and the other options. With different tyres we get different feedback and have a different feeling with the bike. There were three different tyres here but when we go to Qatar we will only have two different tyres. Me as a rider, I still have to get used to the tyre as I’m still not at the limit with each tyre. Step by step we’re making small progress. At the moment I think my position is anywhere between eighth and 12th, we’ve been consistently around here. We’re roughly just under a second off the fastest lap. I still feel there’s a lot more to come from myself and I feel there’s a lot more to come from myself. The three days in Qatar will be useful as there’s still a lot to do.”
Source: Leopard Racing