A second lap crash brought Kenny Noyes’ race to a premature end at Brno, Round 10 of the MotoGP Championship, halting his usual charge through the Moto2 pack.
The Jack&Jones By Antonio Banderas rider had made a big step forward on Sunday morning, and was confident of getting close to the points in the race. Noyes gained 7 places on the first lap, but a collision in the double right hander with Italian rider Niccolo Canepa put paid to any further progress.
The biggest disappointment for Noyes was not being able to capitalize on the new swingarm the Jack&Jones By Antonio Banderas team had brought for their Promoharris machine.
The shortened swingarm has been a big improvement, helping the Promoharris bike turn and hold its line much better. After spending the early part of practice learning the Czech circuit, Noyes was progressing well in adapting his style to the new parts.
A tire issue meant the Jack&Jones By Antonio Banderas rider qualified down in 31st on the grid, but the wet morning warmup on race day saw Noyes set the 14th fastest time, ahead of championship contenders Toni Elias and Thomas Luthi. However, the race crash put an end to any hope of points for the American.
Kenny Noyes says: “In the race, we were unlucky. We got a good start and felt pretty comfortable right there at the beginning, then got tangled up with Canepa and we got the worst of it. But it was a racing accident, I think he probably didn’t see me but it’s just unfortunate. We’ll take at least the positive from this, that we’ve improved a lot during the weekend.”
“We’re starting to feel better with the shorter swingarm. We put it on on Saturday, and it’s a step forward for sure. I think the bike’s definitely going to be much better now, we’re going to have more grip, and going to have a little bit better turning.”
“The most important thing for me now is to work on qualifying. We always finish better than we qualify by a lot. Qualifying is tough in this category, especially at the new tracks. That’s what I’ve got to work on most as a rider.”
Noyes now heads to Indianapolis for the Red Bull Indianapolis GP, his home race. Riding at the home of the Indy Mile flat track race carries special meaning for the American, as Noyes rides with #9 in honor of dirt track legend Jay Springsteen.