Adaption is key to day one at Sachsenring for Danny Kent
The Red Bull KTM Ajo riders began practice for the German GP with two dry sessions, despite heavy overnight rain threatening wet conditions on Friday.
The day marked the first time the new asphalt at Sachsenring was used, and standing in for the injured Niccolo Antonelli at this Grand Prix, Danny Kent finished seventeenth.
Riding his first laps with the KTM Moto3 bike since the French GP, Kent was 22nd in FP1 –1:29.608. In FP2, a red flag 13 minutes into the session due to a crash broke up the afternoon runout for the Red Bull KTM Ajo riders and the rest of the grid. Reducing lap times was difficult on asphalt where significant tyre wear is experienced. However Danny did improve, moving up to sixteenth –1:28.557– on his last stint.
Tomorrow the Red Bull KTM Ajo riders will contest qualifying at 12:35pm local time, at a circuit where Danny holds the Moto3 pole record: 1:26.420.
52 DANNY KENT
“It was a difficult first day for me, because the last time I got on a bike was at Mugello three weeks ago –and that was in Moto2. It is difficult for me to change bike, because when you have adapted to one bike, you have to change your riding again when changing class. Plus Sachsenring is not an easy track. It’s been a tough day, so we have to sit down and analyse the data now. There are some setup details we still have to work on, but the biggest problem is myself. This is something we could have expected, and I have to do more laps on the Moto3. I am sure that on Sunday I will go faster. I didn’t notice much difference with the new asphalt, and for me it responds quite similarly to the previous surface.”