Former Moto3 world champion Danny Kent will return to racing in 2020 with Morello Racing in the National Superstock 1000 championship.

Kent was dropped by Bike Devil MV Agusta UK back in August midway through this year’s Bennetts British Superbike championship after being given a four-month suspended jail sentence for carrying a knife during an altercation with a 63-year-old man in Tetbury last March.

The 2015 Moto3 world champion, Britain’s first Grand Prix world champion since Barry Sheene in 1977, has been out of action since being dropped from his BSB ride and will make his racing comeback in 2020 with a debut campaign in the National Superstock 1000 championship teaming up with Morello Racing.

Following Scott Redding’s move from MotoGP to BSB, with the British rider going on to win the title in his rookie year with Be Wiser Ducati, Kent will look to emulate him and is naturally relishing the opportunity having enjoyed a test with the team at Donington Park earlier this month.

“I’m really happy to be joining Morello Racing Kawasaki for 2020 and joining a team that’s won the championship twice already obviously gives me great confidence in the team,” Kent said. “We’ve planned a good pre-season testing schedule so that I’m 100% ready for the first race and I can’t wait to get started with them.

“I’d personally like to say a big thanks to Steve and Chris for giving me this opportunity and a big thank you also to my personal sponsors Dave and Mandy at Platform Hire; without them and Steve this would not be possible.”

Since making history by winning the Moto3 world title in 2015, Kent has endured a tough time with an ill-fated move up to Moto2 in 2016 which followed intermittent appearances in Moto2 and Moto3 across 2017.

Kent looked to make a fresh start with Speed Up in the intermediate class in 2018 but was dropped after 13 races due to poor performances. His team-mate that season Fabio Quartararo has gone on to star in MotoGP with Petronas Yamaha.