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Kent: “I felt great with the bike out there”

Kent: “I felt great with the bike out there”

A strong start to the Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix for Danny Kent, ending Friday first overall.

Friday practice started well for Danny Kent and his Leopard Racing team as they led the field in FP1. A 2’13.715 put him under the circuit record lap set by Alex Rins in 2014 and filled the Brit with confidence. It seemed once again he and the team were strong out of the box as they seek to end the 2015 Moto3™ World Championship season with the same domination they begun with. This was a much needed change in fortunes after two tough races in Japan and Australia.

Unfortunately Free Practice 2 didn’t go as smoothly and Kent suffered a small crash in Turn 9. He was unhurt but initially unable to restart his Honda, forced to spend valuable time trying to bump start the bike on the service road. Eventually Kent was able to return to the pits and after minor repairs the Brit was back on track. Although unable to improve his time, Kent’s FP1 time saw him lead the day overall and puts him in good stead for the final push needed to clinch the 2015 title.

Danny Kent: “Overall it was a good day. I think it was a great start into the weekend because it is always good to finish Friday on top or even amongst the fastest riders. From the very first laps this morning I felt great with the bike out there but we wanted to make a change this afternoon to try and improve further, so this is what Friday is for. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out as we expected because we were struggling on corner entry. Beyond that I had to report a small crash but the main thing after today is that we have a good base setting from this morning and I have a good feeling with the bike. At the time of my low side I was in the uphill section of the track for which I wasn’t able to re-start the engine, but behind the fences there was a downhill section and I told the marshal to let me try a bump start, which worked out finally to start the engine again. Thanks to it I was able to continue the session after I had short visit to my crew in the box.”

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Moto3, 2015, SHELL MALAYSIA MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX, FP2, Danny Kent, Leopard Racing

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