Danny storms up to P3 in FP3 at Losail
These days, the weather goes completely crazy in Qatar at the Persian Gulf. First, it was a massive hailstorm which worried all parties involved because since the introduction of the spectacular night race at the Losail International Circuit back in 2008, it never happened that a session was run under wet conditions. But it was just a brief downpour in the afternoon hours and the track tried out quickly.
As the single Moto2™ session of the evening got started, conditions were already as usual. However, it took some laps for Danny Kent and teammate Dominique Aegerter to find a proper feeling for the still dirty track. But as soon they got back into their rhythm, both were able to set a blistering pace around the 5.4 kilometres long desert track.
During FP3’s final stages, Danny stormed to third position, just one moment ahead of team mate Aegerter who recorded fifth fastest lap time. After that much difficult test, he endured last weekend in Qatar, it was truly a big relieve for the ambitious Swiss rider.
However, both sides in the Kiefer Racing garage sees more space for improvements which they will achieve by some clicks with more fine-tuning to the team’s Suter MMX2 machine. Beyond that, the riders will work on their riding too in order to head well prepared into Saturday evening’s qualifying.
The unusual time schedule during the season opener contains again just one session for Saturday.
#52 Danny KENT, FP3: P3 – 2´00.568 (15/17):
“It was a great second day of practice here in Qatar. We made some changes to the bike prior to FP3 and as seen by the results, obviously, it paid off. I’m really happy with the bike though there are still some areas to improve. But, these things concern not only the bike, although I know that I must improve my riding too. In some corners, I still miss the right line. But, we can be happy how things went thus far. It was definitely a better start into the weekend than last year. However, the most important thing is, that we are able to set a number of fast lap times, not just one hot lap. As said, I feel comfortable with the bike and we are looking for some small issues prior to tomorrow’s qualifying.”
Source: Kiefer Racing