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Kent dominates as rivals find form

 Kent dominates as rivals find form

Once again Danny Kent stamped his authority on proceedings as he topped both practice sessions at the Motul TT Assen.

FP2 saw all but four riders in the Moto3™ class improve their times, Leopard Racing’s Danny Kent bettered Jack Miller’s 2014 pole record by setting a 1’41.860. This impressive lap time was 0.277s ahead of Romano Fenati (SKY Racing Team VR46) and is a mark of how Kent intends to continue the season: by leading the way. The British rider also set multiple laps in the low 1’42s in FP1 and even more FP2. “It’s been a really great start to the day and it’s not normal to beat the record on the first day. Already in FP1 we had a good feeling with the bike and we’re happy. We did ten laps on the soft tyres and we had a small drop, we’re really focusing on old tyres this weekend.” said Kent.

Italy’s Romano Fenati was second in both sessions but was only able to produce a small number of laps close to Kent’s pace, for the most part he appears a second or so slower. The races in Le Mans and Mugello saw Fenati back on the podium after a difficult start to the season and it appears at this early stage that the Italian is once again on form and in the podium hunt. “Today we are very strong and constant. The feeling with the bike is good as we had a strong base setting. Tomorrow we’re focusing on suspension and some other things,” commented Fenati.

Jorge Navarro (Estrella Galicia 0,0) is yet another rider finding his feet after a tough start to the season. The former CEV title contender’s opening races were peppered with crashes but Catalunya saw him deliver on much of the promise that gained him one of the most coveted rides in Moto3™, starting on the front row and later battling for the podium. This performance appears to have boosted the Honda rider’s confidence as he is once again towards the top of the timesheets and looks to be a threat for Qualifying. “Since the start of the season the team and I have worked really well and now is the moment when the results start to come in,” said Navarro on his gradual improvements.

Teammate to Navarro, Fabio Quartararo (Estrella Galicia 0,0) has also found his early season form and returned to challenge the established order. The Frenchman has never raced at Assen before, yet completed the opening day in fourth overall and was happy with his progress today but knows there is still room to improve. After a strong start to the season, including a podium in Austin, Quartararo has failed to finish inside the top ten at the last three races.

Despite their recovery in form none of these top three appear to be able to challenge the overall pace of Kent, but the tight opening section of Assen makes it difficult for riders to escape and the final chicane is always a source of surprise at the end.

Full combined results from the opening day of practice.

Moto3, 2015, MOTUL TT ASSEN, Romano Fenati, Danny Kent, Jorge Navarro, Leopard Racing, SKY Racing Team VR46, Estrella Galicia 0,0

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