Danny disappointed with 16th grid slot at Jerez but optimistic for race
It ended up as a disappointing qualifying result for Danny at Jerez today, along with a one place grid penalty – especially after such a strong showing in this morning’s FP3.
The cool temperatures in the morning and slightly damp track did not slow down the riders of the Leopard Racing Team in Saturday’s FP3 session. Both Danny and teammate Miguel Oliveira used the session to set their reference times and get a feel for what they might be able to achieve in Qualifying. Oliveira removed nearly a second from his time, taking a major step forward with his Kalex as Danny pushed the top five, ending sixth.
In official Qualifying in the afternoon, the pace became even tighter, poleman Sam Lowes blowing past the old record on his way to pole. Both Leopard Racing riders kept their powder dry and achieved the best they could.
The two will be almost next to each other on the grid, 0.086s splitting the teammates. In the end it went in favour of Oliveira who will line up in 14th for tomorrow’s race. Danny will begin just behind in 15th and ahead of reigning World Champion Johann Zarco.
Both riders were within 0.7s of the pole record, the intermediate class reaching an incredibly competitive level at a circuit familiar to everyone. Danny received a one-place grid penalty for riding slowly on the racing line during practice and will start 16th as a result.
Tomorrow at 09:10 Local Time (GMT +2) the rider will be back on track for 20 minutes of Warm Up before the lights go out at 12:20 Local Time for the fourth race of the 2016 Moto2 World Championship.
#52 Danny KENT – 15th (1’43.169):
“Obviously we’re a little disappointed to be starting down the order. This morning we made a big step and we were in the top six so we went into Qualifying expecting a little more. We had a few problems in Qualifying, in the last exit I had no grip at all. The bike just kept spinning so we need to look at the data as we’re a bit puzzled. This has been our best weekend in terms of consistency, we’ve done a lot of fast laps. Just a little frustrating to start in 16th as we’ve made it a little harder for us but I think we can fight for tenth.”
Source: Leopard Racing