The Kiefer Racing bikes ridden by Kent, Vazquez and Ono this year have taken after the naming rights sponsor Leopard Natural Power Drink. It brings with it a colour not often used in Motorsports.
The sky blue, black and white machines bring something unique to the Moto3 grid this season. In a championship where super close racing is commonplace, where 1st to 15th can be mere seconds apart at the chequered flag, being able to stand out in the crowd of bikes is important. The Leopard bikes grab your attention, not by choosing an obnoxiously vibrant colour, but by selecting one that is different.
The livery itself is supremely colour coordinated. Apart from Dunlop (which is yellow on all Moto3 bikes), every sponsor is black or white. It makes the livery extremely neat and tidy and allows the livery to flow beautifully.
The livery’s design is rather simple. A tricolour series of stripes running from the front wheel to the exhaust, with the bottom half separated almost equally between sky blue for Leopard, black for Anonimo and white for Came. The rims too are coloured sky blue and add to the overall theme of the livery.
I’m usually very critical of sponsors taking over drivers/riders helmets (such as Red Bull removing all originality from their sponsored driver’s helmets), but I’m being lenient in this situation. Having all three riders in a standardised helmet design is a big no-no, but I’ll let it slide for their first season. It is great for the team and sponsor and I’m slightly ashamed to say that it works really well.
Overall, it’s a lovely livery. Uniform sponsors, great use of colour and a classy design, all tied together by the unique sky blue.