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Interview with Danny Kent

Sandro was really angry after the race but when he sat down and watched the replay he saw that I was nowhere near him and when he went inside Tonucci [and then fell] that was his problem, my pass had been totally separate.

We sat down with the team boss later and it was fine for the next race, we still talk.

Crash.net:
How about the second win, at the Valencia finale?

Danny Kent:
Honestly, I was really surprised. It was quite a miserable weekend weather-wise and to be honest with you I didn't feel comfortable on the bike. We also had a few little problems for the race when it started raining.

I was really nervous because of the bad feeling with the bike. So when I came over the finish line fighting for the lead I was really surprised. A lot of it is believing in yourself, if you know you can do it, anything can happen and Japan really helped with that.

I just feel that if we had what Sandro had at the same races he wouldn't have got the upper hand. But I can understand the team's position in making a rider with six years' experience their number one rider.

Crash.net:
When did you sign for Tech 3?

Danny Kent:
It was literally just before I flew off to the Japanese race. The pressure was off my shoulders and I knew where we were going. It was nice not to have to focus on next year and just concentrate on the job in hand.

I already get on really well with [Tech 3 boss] Herve Poncharal and I've got a good feeling about the team. I feel welcome and comfortable. I know that they're back in France working hard now so that's why I'm back here training my ***** off with James!

Crash.net:
Other hotly-tipped young riders such as Maverick Vinales have stayed in Moto3, whereas you've shot straight through to Moto2…

Danny Kent:
It's all about different attitudes in riders and when you're in the paddock the teams see everything and if they think you're meant to be in MotoGP the right people will take you in that direction.

Crash.net:
Could you follow Bradley Smith into Tech 3's MotoGP team?

Danny Kent:
I haven't even had a race in Moto2 yet so I can't really say. But we're going to try to replicate what Bradley did and get some good results. Tech 3 is definitely a good stepping stone to MotoGP though, as long as you've got the talent and work hard, you'll get to the top anyway.

Crash.net:
If you were offered a good ride in WSBK, would you consider it?

Danny Kent:
I don't really want to talk about that now as we've still got a full season of Moto2 to go, however I would definitely consider it. But that's where Roger comes in, he's managed James Toseland and Neil Hodgson and I've put my belief into him

Crash.net:
What kind of results are you realistically expecting from the Tech 3 chassis in Moto2 this year?

Danny Kent:



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Don-R

January 29, 2013 11:22 AM
Last Edited 666 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.

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.



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