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MotoGP Australia: Kent explains reasoning behind Moto2 deal

“I feel we made the right choice in going to Moto2 and staying with the crew I have to have a successful 2016 and go on to MotoGP in 2017.”
Danny Kent has explained his reasons for turning down several offers to climb to the MotoGP class for 2016, as he feels a strong year in Moto2 with the Kiefer Racing team may lead to an offer from a stronger premier class team materialising a year later.

The current Moto3 championship leader revealed to that Pramac Ducati, Aspar Honda and Avintia all made contact to discuss the possibility of Kent leapfrogging the Moto2 category in favour of a MotoGP berth in 2016.

Instead the 21-year old decided to remain with his current team (and in particular crew chief Peter Bom) for his second assault on the intermediate category, having spent the past two years in the junior class.

As the deal to take Kent into Moto2 alongside Miguel Oliveira was announced in Aragon, he pointed to several factors behind his decision the day before the Australian Grand Prix gets underway in Phillip Island.

“There are a few reasons. For any rider it's a dream to get an offer to ride in MotoGP. We're all here to end up there. When you're in Moto3 and you get this offer you can't rush things. You need to sit down and see what the offer is, to see if the package is good for your career years down the line.

“We had more than one option to go to MotoGP. I felt like they weren't great options. Maybe just to get to MotoGP but for me I want to go there and win races, not sit at the back of the grid. We had an offer in Aragon to go to Aspar. We had a chance to go with them and also Avintia. They wanted to talk.

“[But] I wanted to stay loyal to Leopard. We've had a great year together and I said to them that if I went to Moto2 I'd like to go with them. To take my crew over. I want to try to have another good year in Moto2. I know the MotoGP contracts are more or less finishing in the 'Factory' side for 2017.

“The offers I got for MotoGP were either two or three years. That means I'd be on a satellite bike for three years. You're not going to win races on a satellite bike. The plan is to try and have a good year next year. I need to work hard on my fitness. My regime is going to be completely different. I'll work on my strength a little bit and then, if I have a good year, there will be more options in 2017.”

Kent's reasoning to stay in the Leopard backed outfit was influenced by his relationship with crew chief Bom, a man who aided Stefan Bradl's world championship triumph in 2011.

“My crew have helped me a lot, especially my crew chief Peter Bom. He's got a lot of experience on bigger bikes. He's world champion with Chris Vermuelen in World Supersport, with Fabien Foret, in Moto2 with Stefan Bradl. I believe he will help me a lot. He has data from Bradl's championship year in Moto2 so I think he will be a crucial part in next year as well.”

Kent can claim his maiden world title – and Britain's first in grand prix since 1977 - by placing either first or second in Sunday's race. His appearance in Qatar, 2016, won't be his first in the intermediate category however, as he endured a difficult year in the class in 2013. This, he feels, will be of help.

“Obviously I've come back and done two more years in Moto3 so I've forgotten what Moto2 is like but it's in the back of my mind so it's not going to be completely new. I'm just happy to go there with a competitive bike. We're going to be using Kalexes, we're going to get the 2016 model, a great package. For the team it's great. Again the team has given me the package to go out and win races so it's just up to me to go out there and work hard.

“Moto2 is a difficult class. This is Rins' first year and he has won races and could potentially get second in the world championship. All it's down to is hard work, working on the riding style for Moto2. I believe we can have a strong year. I'll be with Miguel Oliveira. He's a great guy, a good rider. I think us two working together will spur us on.”

The class that requires riders to race standard 600cc engines has been enlivened in 2015 by the battling performances of class rookie Alex Rins. When setting targets for 2016 with the Spaniard in mind, Kent is aiming high.

“It's quite hard to say but coming from the year we've had this year it'll be hard to accept not fighting for the podium next year. I believe we just need to work hard in training and winter testing. Viñales has done it. Rins has done it in the past and I've beat them in the past. In my head if they can do it why can't I? The team will give me a good package so it's just down to me.

“I feel we made the right choice in going to Moto2 and staying with the crew I have to have a successful 2016 and go on to MotoGP in 2017.”

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October 15, 2015 11:13 AM
Last Edited 123 days ago

With the likes of Zarco, Rins, Olivera and Lowes in the field, it's not going to be a breeze next year for Kent. Should be an absolute delight for moto2 fans though :)


October 15, 2015 12:05 PM

I think he's made the right choice. The guy isn't aiming to be another Brit just happy to be mid pack on the MotoGP grid, he wants to win in Moto3, win in Moto2 and win in MotoGP. The best riders need to have this mentality, and the best in MotoGP have gone this route. He's effectively backing himself to get the results in Moto2 that will give him at least an equal MotoGP ride in 2017 or 2018, or maybe a better MotoGP ride. Will he? Who knows. Plenty of good 125/Moto3 riders have tried and failed - Julian Simon, Cortese, Terol, Salom etc. But a good number have gone into Moto2, done well, and ended up with factory MotoGP contracts - Bradl, Marquez, P Espargaro, Vinales etc. He's got confidence in his own ability, so he should. Whether that confidence is misplaced, only time will tell.

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