Danny Kent will return to full-time Moto2 action next season after signing a two-year deal with the Speed Up team.

The 2015 Moto3 world champion has been making wild-card and replacement appearances in both Moto3 and Moto2 since splitting from Kiefer Racing earlier this year.

The latest of those is at this weekend's Austrian round, where he is riding for the Dynavolt Intact (Suter) team. Kent might also be seen in some WSS events later this year, before starting a new chapter in his career with Speed Up.

“I’m really excited about this new opportunity with Speed Up and I can’t wait to get on the bike," Kent said. "I’d like to thank Luca and all the team for their belief in me, I’m working hard towards the end of season tests and already excited for 2018! This weekend I’m replacing Marcel Schrotter which will be good to get some time back on the Moto2 bike. I’d also like to thank Alpinestars and Nolan for their support. 2017 has been tough but it had made me even more determined for the future.”

Speed Up will be Kent's fourth Moto2 manufacturer, after previous races for Tech 3 (2013), Kalex (2016-2017) and Suter (2017).

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