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Interview with Danny Kent

Honestly I don't think the chassis is as bad as people make out, when Bradley went out on it in the first year he had three podiums. There are a lot of people riding the Suters and Kalexes and they have a lot of feedback coming back to develop the bike, but with the Mistral they only have two riders so development is slower.

But we are using a brand new chassis this season anyway. I'm going to the team on Tuesday [today] to see the new bike and I'm looking forward to that.

Crash.net:
How has winter testing gone so far?

Danny Kent:
We did two days at the end of last season, but every time I got on the bike I was learning something new. It was a good start and I got a good feeling for the bike and I'm just looking forward to the official tests now. The main thing is that the Moto2 bike is a lot faster and heavier, I just need to do as many laps as possible.

Crash.net:
If you were offered a result of tenth place in your first Moto2 race, would you be happy?

Danny Kent:
Yeah, I think I would be happy with tenth at Qatar, but anything can happen. Marquez went straight to winning races whereas Terol struggled a bit. But it's self-belief, working hard and training physically and mentally

Crash.net:
What do you think about the lack of close racing in MotoGP?

Danny Kent:
One thing I don't like is that MotoGP is meant to be just one class and with the CRTs you've got two and you see the first CRT on their own podium. It should be only one race.

I've read that in the future the CRTs are going to be able to buy a Honda or the Yamaha engine and that could make the factories a bit more worried and bring the field closer.

But at the moment it seems like a lot of people only tune in to see Moto3 and Moto2 and in MotoGP it's only one of three riders who can win.

Crash.net:
Are you ever recognised when you're out?

Danny Kent:
Sometimes, but mainly locally. I don't mind it because it shows people follow motorcycle racing. It's good to know that it's not all football and people watch MotoGP as well. I also like doing interviews, it gets your name out there more and helps you to talk to your fans.

I really like Twitter [@DannyKent52 - Crash.net], I have a lot of fans talking to me through that and I like to reply to them when I can. People often don't know what goes on in the paddock so appreciate getting an inside view. My fans are important to me, without them I wouldn't be where I am.

Crash.net:
How do you travel to races and who do you travel with?

Danny Kent:
Last year we travelled with the team and when I get some more money, I'd like to pay for my parents to come out, but they come to a lot of the European ones anyway. Normally I fly out to each race, the team books the flight and they're there at the airport waiting for me on the other side. If I stay over then I'm in hotels.




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Don-R

January 29, 2013 11:22 AM
Last Edited 610 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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