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Interview with Danny Kent

Then people started coming up to me saying that I should get into the British Championship. At that point I didn't really know what WSBK or MotoGP was, I was just doing it for fun.

I started to win races, but it really kicked in in 2008 when I was picked up by the Red Bull MotoGP academy. When you've got people like Red Bull and a big Spanish team believing in you, you sit down and think, 'I can make this into a career, this could be my job'.

I then went into the Red Bull Rookies cup and at that time James was in MotoGP and saw that my number was 52, and his manager Roger was also number 52, so we started speaking.
Were you also doing normal schooling at that time?

Danny Kent:
I was still in school, but being picked up by the Red Bull MotoGP academy in 2008 meant that I was spending most of my time in Barcelona and I couldn't spend so much time at school.

At that time I had to take a risky decision between putting everything into my racing or putting everything into school. So I left school at 13-14 to concentrate 100% on my racing.

My parents said they believed in me and would stick by me whatever choice I made as long as I worked hard on it. They used to push me hard for my training but they've got a bit more laid back now.

My parents have got me to where I am now and I'm really thankful to them, but now it's up to me.
If you hadn't been a bike racer, what would you have been?

Danny Kent:
That's a difficult question. I've always been into Motorsport, basically anything with an engine, but now the only thing I can think of is where I am now.
Tell us about the Red Bull Rookies Cup…

Danny Kent:
I did two years there and I loved it. It's such a great championship with it being inside the MotoGP paddock. All the teams know it's where there's good racing and it's where up-and-coming riders come from.

Unless you've got a lot of money, the Rookies is the championship to be in. Everyone's on the same bike, same tyres and it's down to the rider.

They pay for more or less everything and you just have to pay for travel and accommodation. There's no other championship which does that. It's great, I'd recommend it to anyone who wants to get into racing and it's probably the best decision I've made in my racing career.
How did your riding style develop?

Danny Kent:

Related Pictures

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Kent, Moto2 test,12th November 2012 Valencia
Morning (left) and afternoon (right) lap times from Weds at Barcelona test
Vinales, Zarco, Rossi, French MotoGP 2017
Vinales, French MotoGP 2017
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Canet, French moto3 race 2017
Kent, French moto3 race 2017
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Pulkkinen, French moto3 race 2017
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Start, Moto3, Le Mans
Antonelli, French moto3 race 2017
Bendsneyder, French moto3 race 2017
Kent, French moto3 race 2017
Bastianini, French moto3 race 2017
Canet, French moto3 race 2017
Kornfeil, French moto3 race 2017
Dalla Porta, French moto3 race 2017

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Dandelion - Unregistered

January 29, 2013 10:13 AM

As far as I'm concerned, the pass in Japan was clean as a whistle, I reckon he had to do something like that to properly establish himself with Sandro and with the team.


January 29, 2013 11:22 AM
Last Edited 531 days ago

Good luck to Danny, I have high hopes for him. Kind of spooky seeing that no. 52 in Tech 3 colours again though. Hopefully the combination will have more success this time round.

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