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Kent smashes lap record to finish day on top in Moto3™

Kent smashes lap record to finish day on top in Moto3™

Leopard Racing’s Danny Kent sets a new Moto3™ lap record at the TT Circuit Assen to end the first day of practice on top.

It was runaway championship leader Kent who made the most of ideal conditions in both Moto3™ practice sessions at the Motul TT Assen to finish on top of the combined timesheets with a 1’41.860. The British rider recorded his best time in FP2, and in the process became the first Moto3™ rider to break the 1’42 barrier at the “Cathedral of speed”, beating Jack Miller’s pole time from last season (1’42.240) by over three tenths of a second.

Kent topped both sessions as most riders improved their times as the day went on, finishing 0.277s ahead of Sky Racing Team VR46’s Romano Fenati in second.

The Estrella Galicia 0,0 duo of Jorge Navarro (+0.426s) and Fabio Quartararo (0.692s) were third and fourth respectively, with Karel Hanika (+0.693s) on the Red Bull KTM Ajo bike in fifth.

Ongetta-Rivacold’s Niccolo Antonelli (+0.753s) was sixth fastest overall with Efren Vazquez (Leopard Racing), John McPhee (SAXOPRINT RTG), Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing Team Moto3) and Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Ajo) completing the top ten.

The Moto3™ field were following new instructions from Race Direction after the issues faced at the Catalan GP with riders going slow on track. Now, each lap that a rider completes must be within 107% of their fastest time or they could face an investigation, which could lead to a penalty affecting their grid position for the race.

There were crashes in the morning session for wild card rider Kevin Hanus, Andrea Migno, Tatsuki Suzuki and Matteo Ferrari. In FP2 Livio Loi crashed at turn 1, while Niccolo Antonelli and Karel Hanika also hit the deck, luckily all riders were okay.

Check out the combined results from the first day of Moto3™ Free Practice; FP3 starts at 9:00am local time on Friday.

Moto3, 2015, MOTUL TT ASSEN, FP2, Romano Fenati, Danny Kent, Jorge Navarro, Leopard Racing, SKY Racing Team VR46, Estrella Galicia 0,0

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