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Jerez Moto2/Moto3 Test: Kent feeling his way with Dunlop tyres

'Me as a rider, I still have to get used to the tyre as I'm still not at the limit with each tyre. Step by step we're making small progress' - Danny Kent.
Leopard Racing's Danny Kent says finding the limit with the Dunlop tyres is the biggest challenge he is facing after making the switch to the Moto2 World Championship.

The British rider and reigning Moto3 world champion wrapped up the official Jerez test in Spain in a respectable 12th overall on the combined times on the Kalex, posting his best time of 1m 42.789s on day two on Thursday – just over one second down on Axel Pons.

Kent – 10th fastest overall on Friday – said: “We've been doing a lot of work over these three days, it has been very important for me and my crew chief Peter. We've been trying many different settings with the different tyres.

“We have the Dunlop test tyres here so we still have a lot to do an learn with them and the other options. With different tyres we get different feedback and have a different feeling with the bike. There were three different tyres here but when we go to Qatar we will only have two different tyres.

“Me as a rider, I still have to get used to the tyre as I'm still not at the limit with each tyre. Step by step we're making small progress,” Kent added.

“At the moment I think my position is anywhere between eighth and 12th. We're roughly just under a second off the fastest lap.

“I still feel there's a lot more to come from myself and I feel there's a lot more to come from myself. The three days in Qatar will be useful as there's still a lot to do.”

His team-mate, Miguel Oliveira, was 23rd overall and 0.8 seconds back on Kent as he continues to struggle with an injured right hand after a spill during a private test at Jerez some two weeks ago.

“Today the aim was to regain confidence that I lost during yesterday's fall. It was a very difficult day. Summing up this IRTA Test: the first day was really good, but then the second day saw us go in the wrong direction with the setting of the bike,” said Oliveira.

“In this class if you're not 100 per-cent sure of what you're doing, you quickly find yourself at the bottom of the time sheets. I still want to look at these results positively, we already have clear ideas to bring to Qatar.”


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