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Danny Kent - Q&A

"Honestly I would have told myself to have another year in Moto3 and you never know I could have had the title now" - Danny Kent.
An exclusive interview with Danny Kent, who is moving back to Moto3 next season after a tough year in Moto2 with Tech 3.

Kent is re-joining the factory Red Bull KTM Ajo team with which he won two races at the end of 2012.

Following the interview it was announced that Kent's ride will be rebranded as a 'Husqvarna'. Husqvarna is owned by KTM and the machinery is expected to remain unchanged. Both the KTM and Husqvarna factory teams will be run by Aki Ajo...

Crash.net:
Hi Danny, where are you at the moment?

Danny Kent:
I'm in Almeria for a two day KTM test with my new team. We came from Jerez where we also did a two day test and on the way to the circuit this morning it was 2 degrees so it's pretty cold.

Danny Kent:
What are your feelings about the 2013 season?

Danny Kent:
Basically it's been a long difficult year. Going into the season we had far higher expectations but it just didn't work out, it's not been a great year.

I don't want to say anything about the team because I know they worked really hard and that they believe strongly in their bike, the Mistral 610, but I think we struggled a little on development.

I think the lack of results might have been coming from my riding as well. Coming from Moto3 to Moto2 is a big step and the way I release the clutch, enter the corner or get on the power will all influence the situation.

When you get on a bike you either have a good feeling or you don't and if you don't you're going to have problems and I think that's what happened with me and the Mistral.

The problem we were always having was with rear grip and that's why sometimes we had a reasonable qualifying because over a single lap the bike was good and we could be on the limit. Going into the race though, that's 20 odd laps, and all the sliding meant that we had less rear grip than everybody else.

I don't want to make excuses because as I said it could have just as well been coming from my riding. I know that I worked hard to try and get a good feeling from the bike but we just didn't connect.

In the end I wasn't enjoying riding the bike and if that happens your confidence just goes. The same problems just kept occurring, nothing was being changed, I was always trying to change, you lose motivation, you don't enjoy it and it ends up being a vicious circle.

Crash.net:
From the outside it looks as if the Mistral is a difficult bike to get right?

Danny Kent:
by Christian Tiburtius


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Whapper

November 25, 2013 1:31 PM

I think he was just being polite about the bike. As soon as KTM gave him equal treatment and let him off the leash in 2012 he was winning races, this guy's not slow. Unfortunately the Tech3 Mistral is to Moto2 what the Ducati is to MotoGP, very bad for the career.

James Harrison

November 26, 2013 3:45 PM

If you guys follow Moto3 properly and listen to commentary...then you will know Honda are investing a lot of money in a much more powerful and brand new Honda engine/chassis package. So it will probably be just as quick as the KTM given Honda's budget.



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