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Matthew Birt  says:

Danny Kent satisfied with Moto2 progress

British rider Danny Kent says he was satisfied with a steady rather the spectacular debut in the Moto2 world championship in Qatar on Sunday night. Kent, who won two out of the last four Moto3 races in 2012, has found the transition to the heavier and more powerful 600cc Moto2 machine a difficult one and in Qatar a lack of front-end...

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MrKrabs

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MrKrabs says:

Message for Tech3

BUILD A NEW BIKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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saturn392

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saturn392 says:

Danny Kent

is satisfied with Moto2 progress,   Translation - This is as good as it gets!

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Bultoboy

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Bultoboy says:

Puts last season into perspective I think, along with the criticism Smith got for his rides on the bike. His team mate was generally nowhere, finished 20 something and Smith was at one point in 7th and not many points behind Redding.

The two current riders, one of whom was right at the sharp end of Moto3 have been nowhere in testing and nowhere in this race.

Kent is a good rider and deserves a better bike than this. Unless it improves results look a near impossibility.

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Hedgehog5

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Hedgehog5 says:

Kent...

"I am lacking confidence with the power of the engine. In Moto3 you could go from zero to full throttle by just whacking it wide open but on this bike you’ve got to be careful because the rear comes round really quickly on you"

OK... this makes sense but why wasn't he doing track days on 600/1000cc machines to get used to this a year ago? It's what we've all had to get used to, even on the road... come the 1st race he should have already adapted to this so that he can concentrate on actually racing... he's playing double catch-up, firstly with the machine & then the racing expertise. It's difficult to practice for the move to MotoGP but there are plenty of bikes that put down more power than a Moto2 600 that he could have used to get up to speed on.

I've got high hopes for Kent as he seems to be learning how to race & has shown some real promise... this isn't the sort of statement I was expecting from him.

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ow01fogno1

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ow01fogno1 says:

hedge

testing rules apply making it not happen anymore, and this kid was under contract to not test till released, try to keep up now. still has plenty of time to learn and understand the bike this year, and maybe herve will listen and try to get thsi minstrel sorted out for the riders,or rider, one thing does make sense but not the result from qatar is using cortese as an excuse finishing 17th and danny 18th, not really anything to go by first race but that said at least he finshed the race, smith binned this bike more than i can rememeber and im sure kent is having that in mind too.

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Hedgehog5

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Hedgehog5 says:

owo1...

KTM make a nice RC8 & several other bikes he could have used at track days without upestting any sponsors or breaking any contracts which could even have been used for some PR shots (like Rossi did on the 1198). He most certainly wouldn't have been the 1st GP rider to turn up incognito to a track day for a blast round on a Honda 600 or 900... just ask Ron Haslam!

Instead he states that he's struggling to come to terms with one of the basic priciples of adapting to larger capacity machines.

It's not me keeping up that's in question here... :blink:

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YPM47

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YPM47 says:

Riding another bike isn't going to help at all. Only time on the actual race bike at the actual circuit will help with that. This is a very competitive class. If you ignore the top 2 - danny was only 33 secs behind 3rd place. Over 20 laps and 16 corners its a matter of 1 /10 th down at each corner. and he was only 15 secs off a top ten finish. there is no way you can get to that level of commitment at a track day. you also need your peers there so you can judge how you are doing. more race time on the bike is the only way.

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BennytheRev

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BennytheRev says:

Good point Hedgey - Kent seems under-prepared.

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Hedgehog5

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Hedgehog5 says:

YPM47

"there is no way you can get to that level of commitment at a track day."

Erm... the proposal was that he could get used to the fact that he can't snap the throttle open like he could on a Moto3 bike... instead of already being used to that he's having to learn it along with everything else... he says it's a problem... it's something he could easily have got used to before racing & very easily replicated at a track day.

I agree, he's done brilliantly in his 1st race for someone who's arrived in the series with little preparation... think where he could be if he was just learning the 600 rather than having to reprogram his brain to handle bigger bikes.

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YPM47

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YPM47 says:

how is he under prepared ? the room for improvement is very small - a tenth here a tenth there. He is very very close to top 10 pace and he will not get any better riding around on a second rate test bike on trackdays. in effect his times are so close to where he needs to be that he can only get there on the race bike. you guys seem to think that he is some numpty who has never riden a big bike before so he should have spent some time on a 600- he is a GP winner, and his comments need to be taken in context, he may be light on the throttle, but its boils down to being a fraction of a second here or there. maybe he should have got a courier job over the winter , that would have helped too.

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