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Moto2: Danny Kent to leave Tech 3

Tech 3 has announced that Danny Kent - previously confirmed at the team for 2014 - will now leave at the end of this season.
By Stephen English

In a surprise move, Tech 3 has announced that Danny Kent will leave the team at the end of the season.

Kent, winner of two Moto3 races at the end of last year before moving up to Moto2 with Tech 3, had been confirmed as staying at the French team for 2014 during his home British Grand Prix.

However the 19-year-old Englishman has now reached an "amicable agreement" to depart after the season closing Valencia Grand Prix.

"The Tech 3 Racing Team and its staff wish to place on record its gratitude for Kent's dedication to improving the French designed and built Mistral 610 machine and wishes him well for the future," said a team statement.

Tech 3 also revealed that it has signed Alex Mariñelarena in Kent's place for next season. Mariñelarena will ride as team-mate to Marcel Schrotter - signed at the recent Aragon Grand Prix.

Mariñelarena has made five Moto2 starts and scored the first points of his career with 14th last weekend at Aragon, riding for Avintia Blusens (Kalex).

"Impressed by his hunger for success and eagerness to learn and help progress the Mistral 610 project in 2014, the Tech 3 Racing Team is looking forward to working with the 21-year-old, who is currently second in the Spanish CEV Moto2 series with three wins to his credit," said Tech 3.

Kent's revised 2014 plans are still to be announced. Most of the leading Moto2 teams have riders in place for next year, but in Moto3 only Red Bull KTM Ajo, Kent's former team, looks to have confirmed its 2014 line-up.

Kent has scored eight points for Tech 3 so far this season, with fellow rookie team-mate Louis Rossi claiming four points.



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Butter

October 05, 2013 8:33 AM

I'm sick of you brits complaining about Dorna and Ezpeleta, and it's about time you start looking at yourselfs!! Where are british sponsors, teams? There are more Dutch and Swiss teams than British ones... is there any english team in Moto3 or Moto2? Those races are as good as they can get. Gino Rea and Kent not in good machinery? Where are the british teams or sponsors to support them? Spain is completely bankrupt but the spanish teams manage to get sponsors and their teams sorted? All Moto3, Moto2 and MotoGp races are live on the main channels (likes of BBC1 or ITV) in other countries, no red button or online cr*p ike with the BBC. Get your teams with good riders, and nurture them from Moto3 to MotoGp? Scott Readind is leading the Moto2 championship, how many british sponsors has he got? Do you see any mention of him in the likes of the Times, Independent , Guardian, or even Daily Mail, Sun or TalkSport radio?

TalentFan

October 04, 2013 8:37 PM

Kent suffering on that Mistral for another season isn't going to get him elevated to MotoGP like worked out for Bradley - highly unlikely anyway. Bradley never got the wider acclaim from the fans for his performances on that under-achieving bike, but he was at least on the radar. Kent has virtually vanished from screens & even commentary since he got on it, so its a road to nowhere. There's too many well supported riders and simply not enough bikes out there, so its got to be a concern for Kent. I hope he has something lined up - both BS & Simeon have demonstrated that it WAS that bike holding them back & not their ability. I wish him luck and a good ride with a decent team for 2014.



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