moto2 / Oliveira & Kent reach their objective with points
The two teammates challenged each other till the finish line, separated by just 27 thousands after a sprint race in Moto2.
It was a shortened intermediate class race at the 2016 Italian Grand Prix due to red flag on the fourth lap. The quick start procedure was used for the first time and the race distance reduced to ten laps. The leading five immediately ran off to challenge for victory while a sizeable second group remained together. On the threshold of the top ten were the two Leopard Racing team riders.
Danny Kent and Miguel Oliveira battled with the front runners of the class like Rins and Nakagami. Three laps from the end the Portuguese rider overtook his teammate, but Kent fought back immediately. The Moto3 World Champion battled with the veteran Corsi with Oliveira waiting and ready to take advantage.
The two riders of the Leopard Racing team crossed the finish line in 13th and 14th place, both in the points. Miguel Oliveira and Danny Kent now have 15 and 12 points respectively in the standings, their performance bodes well for the next race in Montmello in Barcelona in just two weeks time.
The team will remain in Mugello on Monday for the first official in-season test.
#44 Miguel Oliveira – 13th:
“Today was a very strange race. I think that finishing in the points is a very positive result: we take all the good things we did to Barcelona. But first, tomorrow, we will stay here at Mugello for a day of testing and we hope for good weather to allow us to improve the bike.”
#52 Danny Kent – 14th:
“It was a consistent weekend, we’ve consistently been a lot closer the front group. I’m much happier with the bike and I want to say a big thank you to the team who worked hard. We’ve proven we can be closer to the front. It was a good race and even though we finished 14th we were in the group fighting for seventh. Sadly in the race the wind changed a little and I was hitting the limiter a lot and I couldn’t pass them down the straight.”
Moto2™ Race – Gran Premio d’Italia 2016:
1 – Johann Zarco / FRA / Ajo Motorsport / Kalex / 21 laps
2 – Lorenzo Baldassarri / ITA / Forward Team / Kalex / +0.030
3 – Sam Lowes / GBR / Federal Oil Gresini / Kalex / +1.096
13 – Miguel OLIVEIRA / POR / Leopard Racing / Kalex / +7.718
14 – Danny KENT / GBR / Leopard Racing / Kalex / +7.745
Moto2™ World Standing 2016:
1 – Sam Lowes / 98 points
2 – Alex Rins / 96 points
3 – Thomas Luthi / 82 points
15 – Miguel OLIVEIRA / 15 points
17 – Danny KENT / 12 points
Photo credit: Leopard Racing