Antonio Banderas Moto2: Malaysia Report
On the second stage of his Asian Adventure, Kenny Noyes braved the sweltering Malaysian heat to score his best result since early July.
The trip to Sepang meant another new track to learn for the Jack&Jones by Antonio Banderas rider, a process Kenny is getting used to doing pretty quickly, as he’s been doing it all year.
Noyes’ result did not come easy: The American got bumped wide in the tight first section, crossing the line in 29th at the end of the first lap.
But a strong race full of entertaining battles saw Kenny work his way through the field, running lap times that would have easily put him well inside the top 15.
Kenny’s progress was finally halted by Axel Pons, who robbed the American of 17th place in the final corner.
Kenny’s improved fortunes come as a result of the hard work he and his Jack&Jones by Antonio Banderas have put into the new suspension setup they’ve been using since Aragon. Now comfortable on the bike, Kenny is free to ride more naturally, and can push harder to be with the front group.
Kenny leaves for Phillip Island feeling much more confident of being able to fight for World Championship points once again.
Kenny Noyes says: “I actually had a real fun race! I caught up with Gadea, then we got to a group with Fonsi Nieto and battled with them. I got by Fonsi, and went and caught Axel Pons, then went back and forth with him. He passed me in the last corner, I left the door open and basically gave him the position.”
“We’re still lacking a little bit of rear grip, but I think everybody was struggling with that. But in general, the bike is definitely getting more rideable. Since we started using the new setup at Aragon, I’ve been feeling a lot more comfortable.”
“I think the pace was pretty good. Most of the race I was in the 2’10s, I think I would have been up there if I’d have gotten a better start. What’s great is I felt like I gave it 100% out there today, and it was a fun race, I had some good battles.”