Danny Kent’s promising Motegi weekend scuppered by technical DNF
With teammate Miguel Oliveira not racing due to the injury to his right collarbone, Danny Kent set out to defend the Leopard Racing colours at the Motul Grand Prix of Japan, the fifteenth round of the 2016 season.
The English rider was able to keep his position off the line and fought for points almost immediately. He was well on course to achieving his goal of a top ten finish. Unfortunately on the seventh lap of the race the Chippenham native was forced to pit, a broken gear shifter bolt ending his race almost before it had began in earnest.
It was extremely unfortunate for Danny, at a Grand Prix that could have given him and the team a new impetus in the final part of the season after the positive signs that emerged in Free Practice and Qualifying.
It is precisely at these times that the Leopard Racing team roll up their sleeves and gather together. Attention now turns to the next round in just seven days in Australia.
#52 Danny Kent – DNF:
“Once again we are hit with bad luck. Unfortunately the bolt that holds the quick shifter on snapped which meant I couldn’t change gear. It fell off. In 2016 we’re getting all the bad luck so hopefully the good luck comes in the next few races. Overall it was a positive weekend, I felt really good on the bike. I honestly believe we could have been inside the top ten. Looking at the pace from fifth was the pace we had all weekend. It’s unfortunate as I felt really good, we were just hit with bad luck again.”
Source: Leopard Racing