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Kent continues to lay down the law in Moto3™

 Kent continues to lay down the law in Moto3™

The Leopard Racing rider again established himself as master of the Moto3 class during Free Practice in Le Mans.

The FP1 and FP2 sessions of the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France have seen British rider Danny Kent (Leopard Racing) at the top of the standings again, continuing his dominance of the 2015 season.

The Brit managed to lower his time in the FP2 session by nearly four seconds to make the best lap of the day at 1’42.731. In general the grid improved lap times over FP1, due to cold track conditions during the morning session.

Kent’s time is just one tenth off the pole position time from last year, which is not a bad way to start the weekend.

Second on the combined times sheet for the day was Livio Loi (RW Racing GP), who seemed as at home in Le Mans as he was in Argentina a few weeks ago. Third-placed Fabio Quartararo (Estrella Galicia 0,0), started the weekend positively on a track where he actually has little experience, despite the fact that he won last year's FIM CEV Repsol race here.

Rounding out the top five were Efrén Vázquez (Leopard Racing) and Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing Team Moto3). With the exception of Loi, the top five represent the top riders in the Moto3™ standings. All are on Hondas.

After the fastest five Hondas came the KTMs: with Romano Fenati (SKY Racing Team VR46), Miguel Oliveira and Karel Hanika (Red Bull KTM Ajo) ranking from sixth to eighth respectively. After raising their game in the Jerez race and testing an evolution of the current frame in the test the next day, KTM has decided to continue with the current frame as its main riders found no clear benefits. It’s not a decision to be taken lightly, since rules state that the manufacturer has just one opportunity to introduce a new development over the season.

Closing the day’s top ten in Le Mans were Alexis Masbou (Saxoprint RTG) and Jorge Navarro (Estrella Galicia 0,0), who both suffered crashes during the sessions.

Juanfran Guevara (Mapfre Aspar Mahindra), who is still recovering from his recent broken collarbone, finished 25th. He was clearly suffering from the injury sustained in his clash with Hanika in Jerez.

Click here to view the combined results of the FP1 & FP2 sessions.

Tags:
Moto3, 2015, MONSTER ENERGY GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE, FP2, Livio Loi, Fabio Quartararo, Danny Kent, Estrella Galicia 0,0, Leopard Racing, RW Racing GP

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