Danny signs off at Mugello with points finish
It was a shortened intermediate class race at the 2016 Italian Grand Prix due to red flag on the fourth lap. The quick start procedure was used for the first time and the race distance reduced to ten laps.
The leading five immediately ran off to challenge for victory while a sizeable second group remained together. On the threshold of the top ten were the two Leopard Racing team riders.
Danny Kent and teammate Miguel Oliveira battled with the front runners of the class like Rins and Nakagami. Three laps from the end the Portuguese rider overtook his teammate, but Danny fought back immediately.
The Moto3 World Champion battled with the veteran Corsi with Oliveira waiting and ready to take advantage. He eventually crossed the finish line in 14th place.
This means that Danny now has 12 points in the standings, and his performance – despite a bout of illness across the weekend – bodes well for the next race in Montmello in Barcelona in just two weeks time.
The team will remain in Mugello on Monday for the first official in-season test.
#52 Danny Kent – 14th:
“It was a consistent weekend, we’ve consistently been a lot closer the front group. I’m much happier with the bike and I want to say a big thank you to the team who worked hard. We’ve proven we can be closer to the front. It was a good race and even though we finished 14th we were in the group fighting for seventh. Sadly in the race the wind changed a little and I was hitting the limiter a lot and I couldn’t pass them down the straight.”
Source: Leopard Racing