After being unceremoniously dumped by the Speed Up Moto2 project, Britain’s Danny Kent has been handed a last-minute lifeline by a Bennetts British Superbike team.
MCN understands the 2015 Moto3 World Champion will test for the Movuno.com Halsall next week with a view to competing with them in the final round at Brands Hatch in place of the injured Chrissy Rouse.
Kent was dumped by his Speed Up Moto2 team earlier this week and will be replaced by Edgar Pons for the final rounds of the 2018 Grand Prix season.
The 24-year-old is at Assen this weekend talking to BSB teams about the potential of a ride for the 2019 season, but after impressing Movuno Halsall Suzuki team boss Colin Wright he has been handed an opportunity to try out a BSB-spec machine and circuit prior to potentially making the jump next year.
“After being given my P45 during the week the plan was to come here and learn everything about the paddock and speak to a few teams,” Kent told MCN.
“I think it’s been quite a successful visit, there are a few teams interested for next year. Things here are a lot different to how things work in world championship, there you get an answer pretty much straight away but here a lot of teams are still finalising their budget with sponsors for next year before they can confirm deals with riders.
“BSB is definitely different to what I’ve ridden in the past. I’ve ridden a Grand Prix bike for my entire career, never ever a road going bike. I’ve ridden some of the tracks in the UK, but that was 12 years ago on an Aprilia Superteen bike! It’d be different but at the end of the day a track is a track, you just have to turn up and find the best way around it and I am up for a challenge.”
Should Kent make the jump to BSB, he won’t be the only rider moving from the Grand Prix paddock with fellow Brit Scott Redding expected to confirm a deal with the Be Wiser Ducati team in the next few weeks.