Painful start for Danny at the Red Bull Ring
The weekend in Spielberg started off in a fairly turbulent way. Only a few minutes after the first Moto2-practice session of the Austrian GP started, it began to rain quite heavily. Several riders became victims of the wet and slippery asphalt, especially in the first corner.
One of the victims was the replacement rider for Dynavolt Intact GP’s Marcel Schrötter, Danny Kent. Alex Marquez crashed close behind and tore the British rider to the ground.
Danny sustained a rather painful hematoma on his bottom and felt pain on his hips and neck. Still, the 23-year-old was back in the saddle of the Intact GP-Suter for the afternoon session to built up a feeling for the 600cc machine. He recently only rode Moto3 bikes and the differences in size, power, tyres and riding style are quite big.
Danny Kent – P31 – 1’32.103 (+1.892)
“It was not the best of starts that we have hoped for his weekend, obviously. In FP1 I’ve been taken out by another rider and I have a bit of pain in the neck and hip. I am happy I rode the second practice because it is quite important for me to do some laps to get the feeling for the bike and the team, so that we can make some good progress throughout the weekend. Now we will look at the data, compare with Sandro and see where we can improve for tomorrow. The feeling this afternoon was not too bad, I was a bit sore from the crash this morning but of course I just need some more time on the bike because the last time I rode was on a Moto3 and these two bikes are completely different. I need to get back in the rhythm of riding a Moto2 again.”