Challenging start to Americas weekend for Danny in Texas
It’s been something of a cautious start for Leopard Racing Team in the Moto2 class. The 5.5 kilometres of the Circuit of the Americas is the theatre for the third round of the 2016 World Championship, Danny Kent and teammate Miguel Oliveira taking to the track in the first two Free Practice sessions to improve the setting of their Kalex.
With the goal of returning to the points, which escaped in Argentina due to the weather conditions, the two riders immediately rolled up their sleeves under the guidance of Stefan Kiefer.
Danny Kent found the day a bit challenging and difficult: The Moto3 World Champion was unable to advance past 25th place despite working on his geometry. The British rider was able to close the day in 25th with a lap of 2’12.591.
Saturday morning at 10:55 Local Time (GMT -5) the third and final free practice session begins. At 15:05 Local Time the official Moto2 class Qualifying session, that will decide the order on the grid of the Grand Prix of The Americas in 2016, will begin.
#52 Danny KENT – 25th (2’12.560):
“It’s been a very difficult start to the weekend here in Austin. I’m struggling a lot with the bike. I have no feeling with the rear, no rear grip and I just don’t feel comfortable. I’m fighting the bike a lot in many corners. I feel like we have the wrong gearing compared to other riders. Today was a disaster, we shouldn’t be three seconds slower than the front guys. This isn’t normal so we need to sit down and think of a good plan for tomorrow. We can’t continue like this. I’m confident, we just need to keep working hard.”
Source: Leopard Racing