Moto3: Strong showing for Kent on return to class

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2015 Moto3 world champion Danny Kent has had a strong return to form on his return to the class, taking the Red Bull KTM machine to second in free practice two and eighth on combined times after the first day of action at the French Grand Prix.

It was rain man Adam Norridin who topped the wet day’s action at Le Mans after making the most of good timing in free practice one to finish ahead of Niccolo Antonelli, Andrea Migno and Gabriel Rodrigo, with Kent coming home only 0.2 off the pace on his first outing on a lightweight class machine since he took his title in 2015.

However, he was able to close the gap down even more in the second session. Run under much wetter conditions, Kent looked at home on the bike to come home second behind Jorge Martin despite a crash in the closing seconds of the session.

It was a more difficult day for fellow Brit John McPhee though, falling twice and finishing the day in 14th, after losing the opportunity to make a move on a drying track in FP1 and never threatening the front runners in FP2 in 24th


Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer