Danny on Qatar FP1: “We’ll chip away and get closer to the front”

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The Leopard Racing team made their competitive debut in the Moto2 World Championship at the Losail International Circuit this evening as the 2016 season got under way beneath the floodlights.

It was a big night for the team as they began their adventure in the Moto2 World Championship with riders Danny Kent and Miguel Oliveira after securing the Moto3 World Championship at their first attempt last season.

Moto3 World Champion Danny Kent and teammate / runner-up Miguel Oliveira, who battled with Danny for the title until the last race race of the season, now find themselves moving from rivals to teammates as they make their debut with the Leopard Racing Moto2 team and the Kalex machine.

Under the floodlights of the Losail International Circuit, the two riders worked hard across first evening of practice in Qatar.

On his return to the Moto2 class, Danny began Thursday’s first free practice session with hard tires to check the track conditions after the rain of yesterday and the wind during the early part of today made the track dirty.

In the FP2 session the English world champion improved, finishing in 22nd position with the chrono 2’’00″757, he got on the 11th of his total laps completed today.

#52 Danny KENT – 22nd (2’00.757):
“Finishing the day in 22nd overall is not where we want to be, especially after testing where we put together good performances. I didn’t feel as comfortable or as confident on the bike today so we’ll look at the data to try and understand what we’re doing different to what we did at the tests and see what we can improve for tomorrow. It’s only the first day, I’m confident we’ll chip away and we’ll get closer to the front.”

Source: Leopard Racing
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