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Moto3: Danny Kent secures Red Bull KTM return
31 October 2013
Danny Kent will return to the Moto3 class with Red Bull KTM Ajo in 2014.
Kent was initially announced as remaining in Moto2 at Tech 3 next season, but subsequently reached an agreement to leave the French squad.
The British teenager - who broke his collarbone last weekend at Motegi - will now rejoin KTM and Ajo, with whom he won two races at the end of 2012 as team-mate to inaugural Moto3 champion Sandro Cortese.
"I am very happy to be returning to the Red Bull KTM Ajo team," said Kent, 22nd in the Moto2 standings. "I think that this is the best opportunity possible. This is a very hard-working group, very professional and always in the fight for wins and titles. I want to make the most of this second spell with the team and finish as high up the order as possible at every race.
"I can't wait to get started and begin working hard. My collarbone injury is getting better every day, I have more movement, so I think that I will be ready for the first test in November.
"Red Bull KTM Ajo are a group of professionals who work very hard, and that is why they have won so much. Their way of working and that of Aki [Ajo] are different to other teams, and I like it. Aki is strict and methodical. I want to make the most of his experience, listening and learning from all the advice that he gives me."
Kent joins top Honda Moto3 rider Jack Miller and newly-crowned Red Bull Rookies Cup champion Karel Hanika in the 2014 KTM line-up.
"I am very enthusiastic to have Danny Kent onboard for next season, forming an excellent trio with Jack and Karel," said team boss Ajo. "In 2011 and 2012 I had the chance to work with him, and I am very happy with that experience. With an extra year of racing under his belt, this second opportunity to work with him will be very fruitful for both parties. I am sure that we will understand one another easily from day one and be stronger, so I can't wait for the first tests in November.
"I'm sure that this past year will be very useful for Danny's performances next year. He has taken good results and has learnt a lot. Moto2 is a different category; I am convinced that he will be even stronger in Moto3."
Ajo will attempt to retain its Moto3 riders' crown with Luis Salom at next weekend's three-way Valencia title showdown. Salom is moving to Moto2 next year, with Pons, while present team-mates Arthur Sissis and Zulfahmi Khairuddin are yet to confirm their plans.
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