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Kent: “We struggled to set up the bike well”

Kent: “We struggled to set up the bike well”

A tough opening day at the Motul Grand Prix of Japan saw Danny Kent finish seventh on combined times.

Motegi is a circuit that has seen Leopard Racing’s Danny Kent achieve great success in the past, it’s where he took his first World Championship victory in 2012. However, in 2015 the Japanese circuit has not been kind to Kent as he and his Leopard Racing team struggled with bike setting on the opening day of practice. With Motegi’s multiple heavy braking zones mixed with several fast corners, finding a setting that accommodates both is critical and as Friday draws to a close Kent is looking to make radical changes for Saturday. At current the Brit has to fight his bike at each turn, unable to push the limit as in previous rounds.

Many riders in the Moto3™ World Championship were able to improve their times in FP2, but Kent was almost half a second slower. His closest title rivals, Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Ajo) and Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing Team Moto3), ended the day in second and third respectively. Motegi is Kent’s first chance to take the Moto3™ crown, but he’ll need to leave with at least a 75-point lead over his rivals, a tough ask with current form. Throughout 2015 Kent and his team have been able to turn around difficult starts to produce strong finishes, the Brit remains unconcered and knows more is possible.  

Danny Kent: “It was a difficult opening day here in Japan even though I enjoy riding at this circuit a lot. But we struggled to set up the bike well, particularly that it doesn’t turn. I’m really fighting a lot with the bike almost in every corner throughout a lap so we just need work hard and analyse the data in order to make a big chance for tomorrow because I felt we’re at the limit with bike without making any progress. I hope we can find a solution for tomorrow, but I believe in my crew that we will find a good way for race day.”

Moto3, 2015, MOTUL GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, Danny Kent, Leopard Racing

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