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Moto2: Danny Kent to leave Tech 3

4 October 2013

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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