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Having expanded to two championships in 2016, Leopard Racing pull the covers off a refined livery for the year.
In the charming location of the Gallano Castle (Valtopina, Italy), the Leopard Racing team unveiled their new colours and the rider line-up that will compete in this year’s Moto2™ and Moto3™ classes.
The adventure of the Leopard Racing team in the Moto2™ and Moto3™ World Championships has officially begun today. After no less than four private tests in February, (Barcelona, Jerez and Valencia) which saw the bikes tasting the tarmac for the first time, the five stars of the team have left the track to get on stage for the official unveiling.
In order to underline the importance, the Gallano Castle and its region - whose history goes back to the X and XI centuries – were chosen as the ideal venue for the event. In 1997 the area was hit by a heavy earthquake and thanks to the pride and love of the Becca family, the area has been completely restored. The project got started in 2008 and was recognized by UNESCO last October as a result of the effort and dedication put in.
Leopard Racing unveiled their new colours, with the introduction of carbon inserts in place of the classic black, and bikes that will race on circuits around the world in a season full of challenges. Team managers Miodrag Kotur and Stefen Kiefer will lead the charge under the technical supervision of Christian Lundberg.
Miodrag Kotur: “After the triumphs in Rally, Endurance and in Formula 1, I felt the need of a new stimulus. A year ago, Flavio asked me to follow him in this adventure. We looked into this world, and without claiming, but with great professionalism we eventually finished with the world title at the last race. This year will be more difficult as we will have eyes focused on us, because we are the team to beat. In addition, we will provide a double challenge on two front with Moto3, with the move from Honda to KTM, and for the first time in the intermediate class of Moto2. With experienced people in motorsport like Christian Lundberg & Stefan Kiefer we'll try our best to get the best results in 2016, knowing it will be an tough season.”
Following the Moto3™ title won last year at the first attempt, Leopard Racing is embracing a new challenge with a brand new rider line-up and the transition to KTM RC250 GP machines. Fabio Quartararo of France, Joan Mir of Spain and Andrea Locatelli of Italy will represent the team in the lightweight class.
Fabio Quartararo: “I’m very happy to work with this team because last year they did a great job. I’m at ease with all the people in the team and I’m going to try my best for all the season. I’ll fight in every race for the title. I want to say thank you to all the people who have always supported me.”
Joan Mir: “In Phillip Island I was very happy to have had my debut with a new bike and a new team and everything was going well then. This year, the bike is completely different and we’re working to fight in every race and my goal for the season is to learn and to progress.”
Andrea Locatelli: “This is going to be a very important season, the third one for me in GP racing, and I think this is the right team to show my true potential. This is the team that won the championship last year, I trust them in fully, I just can’t wait for the season to begin.”
Since deciding to join the MotoGP World Championship, Leopard Racing has always aimed to be at the forefront of the competition. This is the spirit that led to the decision to expand and enter the Moto2™ class alongside the Moto3™ project.
Reigning Moto3™ World Champion Danny Kent and Portuguese Miguel Oliveira will lead the charge on a brand new Kalex in 2016. The pair, who fought against each other for the Moto3™ title until the very last race of the 2015 season, will now join forces with the common objective of scoring good results during this new adventure, which will begin on March 20th in Qatar.
Miguel Oliveira: “Of course when you have a reference like Danny it’s always good to have a little bit of competition in the team because it makes progress through the season even faster. Of course if I have a fast teammate then he will push me to be even faster and the opposite will happen. I see this first season, I want to have an open mind because I need to learn many things and I want to look at other riders.”
Danny Kent: “Yes I’m really looking forward to this year, especially going into Moto2 with the same team that we won the Moto3 championship. Already we’ve had a few tests and it’s been very positive. Even though I’ve had a year in 2013 with the Tech 3 team I feel this year we are in a much better position. I’m with a great team and we’re using a great bike. I’m really looking forward to it.”
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It's the weekend !!!!!!!!!! Have a good one guys ! #friday #fridayfunday #fff thanks Maximilian for the pic from Jerez Test
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