Danny returns to the track at a soaking Le Mans
Rain played a big part in the first day of the French GP, which takes place this weekend at the historic Le Mans circuit.
The Moto3 riders were unable to put in a single lap with slicks due to wet conditions, although the newly relayed surface offered a surprisingly positive level of grip under the circumstances. On the combined timesheet for the day Danny Kent was in eighth position after going second in FP2.
The lower cylinder class had to start the day with wet tyres, after rain throughout Thursday left the asphalt damp. Whilst all three Red Bull KTM Ajo riders were comfortable in the conditions, Danny Kent was the first to take the initiative -placing himself at the head of the timesheet in the second half of FP1. However, in the end, Danny lay eighth with 1:51.668.
In the afternoon, heavy rain fell at the beginning of FP2. Nevertheless, this did not prevent the Red Bull KTM Ajo trio from continuing to define their best setup. Danny was once again the one setting the pace, continually lowering his lap times. A crash at Turn 9 with 3 minutes remaining, from which he escaped unharmed, forced him to settle for second place with a top time of 1:53.295.
An improvement in the weather is predicted for Saturday, when the Moto3 field contest qualifying for the French GP at 12:35pm local time. Last year’s Moto3 pole position was taken by Antonelli.
52 DANNY KENT
“Today was my first day back in Moto3 after more than a year away, and it could not have gone better. We were fighting in the Top 3 for much of both sessions. It helped that I already had experience with this team and they are familiar with me, so we already knew how we used to work. In any case, I was surprised at how quickly I have adapted to Moto3 again, as today was the first time I had ridden in the wet since Malaysia 2015 and I was among the fastest riders. I had to change my style a bit after having spent time in Moto2, but as the weekend goes on my feeling will be better.
Today in the rain we were very strong, and tomorrow and Sunday should be dry, but the important thing is to do as many laps as we can and get the same feeling as today. I would be happy with that.”