moto2 / Kent rewrites his fortunes on Friday
The Britain closed FP2 on Friday in the Top 5 with a great performance while his teammate Miguel Oliveira returns after four races away.
An encouraging Friday for the Leopard Racing team at the Gran Premio de la Comunitat Valenciana Motul, the last round of the season 2016. On the 4 km of the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Cheste, the two riders of the Moto2 intermediate class, Danny Kent and Miguel Oliveira, did their best , attacking the asphalt from the first run.
Danny Kent in particular showed a great feeling with the Valencian circuit, appearing at ease between the corners and the long straight. Sixteenth in the morning practice, the British 22-year old has filed more than 7/10 to its reference lap in the afternoon, closing the FP2 fifth, the ninth overall in the combined on Friday.
Today Leopard Racing team also re-embraced the hero Miguel Oliveira, who remained stationary for the last few races after breaking his collarbone in Aragon. The Portuguese talent was right back on form, improving his lap time between sessions and ending within a second of Franco Morbidelli, who led the way.
Saturday opens with the third and final free practice session, anticipating the afternoon show of formal qualifications that will decide the rule of the Grand Prix of the Moto2 grid Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana 2016.
#52 Danny KENT – 9th (1’35.877):
“Really happy with the first day here in Valencia, it’s been the most positive first day of the entire year. I have a great feeling with the bike and there’s still potential to go faster. It’s mostly in myself, I made a few mistakes at a few corners, riding a bit too careful. I know what I need to do and I’m happy with today. We just need to keep working in this direction.”
#44 Miguel OLIVEIRA – 20th (1’36.447):
“It was a good day. We still have some points to be improved on the bike, but I finished both sessions a second from the leaders. It was not easy today to run on this bike after nearly two months away and get the same level. I am confident for tomorrow: I will have more Km on my shoulders.”
Moto2™ Combined Free Practice Times:
1 – Franco Morbidelli / ITA / Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS / Kalex / 1’35.443
2 – Thomas Luthi / SWI / Garage Plus Interwetten / Kalex / 1’35.513
3 – Takaaki Nakagami / JPN / Idemitsu Honda Asia / Kalex / 1’35.568
9 – Danny Kent / GBR / Leopard Racing / Kalex / 1’35.877
20 – Miguel Oliveira / POR / Leopard Racing / Kalex / 1’36.447
Moto2™ Schedule (Local Time, GMT +2):
Saturday, November 12th:
10:55 – 11:40 – FP3
15:05 – 15:50 – QP
Photo credit: Leopard Racing