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Moto2: Kent, Oliveira launch Leopard Racing challenge

Leopard Racing has unwrapped its two-bike attack for Moto2 in 2016 with Danny Kent as he prepares to return to the series alongside Miguel Oliveira
Leopard Racing has unwrapped its two-bike attack for Moto2 with Moto3 champion Danny Kent as he returns to the series with former title rival Miguel Oliveira, while the team also launched its three-rider Moto3 campaign at a lavish presentation in the Italian countryside.

The Moto3 champion, who became the first British world champion in motorcycle grand prix racing since Barry Sheene in 1977, is set to step back into Moto2 with the same team he claimed his world title with last season.

Kent endured a frustrating rookie Moto2 campaign with Tech 3 in 2013 before returning to the lightweight class a year later before his famous Moto3 title charge last season.

Leopard Racing is also returning to the intermediate class for the first time since 2012 and has signed Kent's Moto3 title rival Oliveira as his team-mate in a formidable rider line-up.

Kent says his initial tests with the Moto2 Kalex bike have filled him with confidence for 2016 and feels he has a point to prove in the middle category.

"I'm really looking forward to this year, especially going into Moto2 with the same team that we won the Moto3 championship," Kent said. "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.”

The Kiefer Racing-prepared squad has retained its three grid slots in Moto3 while switching from Honda to KTM machinery for 2016 and welcomes young starlets Fabio Quartarao and Andrea Locatelli alongside series rookie Joan Mir.

The team launched its 2016 campaign with a grand unveiling at the luxury Gallano Castle resort in the central Italian countryside in front of selected media and sponsors, with team owner Stefan Keifer looking to build on its 2015 success.

Leopard Racing will now travel to Jerez for a final Moto2/Moto3 test before packing up for the 2016 season opener in Qatar on the 18-20 March.



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