BSB: Kent: 'It isn't easy, but I didn't expect it to be!'

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2015 Moto3 World Champion Danny Kent faced a baptism of fire as he made his Bennetts BSB debut at Brands Hatch.

Riding the Movuno Halsall Suzuki, Kent was 25th on the timesheets after the two opening sessions but improved his time significantly over the two sessions.

Finding around 1.5 seconds, Kent continues to learn a completely different way of riding as he rides a Superbike on Pirelli tyres for the first time.

“It’s not easy and I wasn’t expecting it to be,” he told MCN. “These boys are at the top of their game, they have been riding these bikes all year! I’m trying to forget that this is a race weekend and kind of use it as a test as there’s so much for me to learn. It’s my first time on a superbike, I’ve never ridden a production bike before, I’ve never ridden on K-Tech suspension, never ridden on Pirellis and the amount of things we can change on the engine in terms of engine braking, I’ve never had to do that before.

“To learn all of that on a race weekend is huge! I’m not the kind of rider to go out there and go flat out straight away, high-side myself to the moon and injure myself, I want to take it step by step and gradually find the limit.

“The biggest thing I’m doing wrong is in Moto2 you need quite a bit of corner speed, but with these Superbikes having so much power you sort of have to get stopped throw it in and then go. I’m on the side of the tyre a bit too much and a bit nervous on the gas.

“It’s all new to me, but no excuses. We’ll get better step by step and get faster I’m sure.”

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing