moto2 / Kent and Oliveira end in the points at Spielberg
A tough and exciting race in the intermediate Moto2 class for the two riders of Leopard Racing team, both in the points.
After the triumph of Joan Mir with his first career victory, the Red Bull Ring was ready to host the Moto2 class with the two teammates Miguel Oliveira and Danny Kent looking to be protagonists of the events and ready to do their best when the lights went out.
The race, however, started immediately with an uphill battle for Oliveira, who in the second corner touched with another rider and miraculously remained standing, losing important positions. From there began the personal comeback of Pragal native, who proudly tapped into its full potentialNd managed to climb, hosting a good battle with Luca Marini. Despite the obvious vibration to his Kalex, in the final laps Oliveira brought out his best to cross the line in the points in 14th place.
Kent’s race got off to a rough start and he dropped down the order. The Moto3 champion soon rallied and got into a groove, posting very competitive lap times. His 12th position betrayed his true potential, the Brit proving he and the Kalex are working well together and the best is yet to come.
#52 Danny KENT – 12th:
“This is by far our best race of the year. I was able to get a good start but unfortunately in the first couple laps I dropped back to 20th but once I got into my rhythm it was ok. I was able to post some good times, I got down to a 29.8 which is point faster than qualifying lap and 0.3 in Moto2 is maybe two or three rows. Our pace the last ten laps was the same pace as the top five. Really happy with the race even if 12th doesn’t show out full potential.”
#44 Miguel OLIVEIRA – 14th:
“It was a difficult race because the second corner I chose the wrong line, there was no room to get in and there was contact that made me slip into the back of the field. Then I started to recover but, with the passing of laps, I began to experience the same problem suffered in qualifying yesterday: the bike was vibrating a lot under braking and cornering center. I lost several tenths and I pushed hard doing my best.”
Moto2™ Race – Motorrad Grand Prix von Osterreich 2016:
1 – Johann Zarco / FRA / Ajo Motorsport / Kalex / 25 laps
2 – Franco Morbidelli / ITA / Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS / Kalex / +3.058
3 – Alex Rins / SPA / Paginas Amarillas HP40 / Kalex / +3.376
12 – Danny KENT / GBR / Leopard Racing / Kalex / +18.284
14 – Miguel OLIVEIRA / POR / Leopard Racing / Kalex / +18.830
Moto2™ World Standing 2016:
1 – Johann Zarco / 176 points
2 – Alex Rins / 142 points
3 – Sam Lowes / 121 points
18 – Miguel OLIVEIRA / 26 points
22 – Danny KENT / 18 points
Photo credit: Leopard Racing