British rider Danny Kent will not participate in the final round of the Moto2 world championship in Valencia this weekend.
The teenager has withdrawn from what would have been his final appearance on the Tech 3 Racing Mistral 610 machine this weekend because the right collarbone he broke in a practice crash in Japan has not completely recovered.
Kent has been in the Valencia paddock today but he will fly back to the UK tomorrow (Friday) to undergo more physiotherapy and intensive treatment ahead of a vital Moto3 test session in Jerez next week.
Kent will return to the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 squad for 2014 and he will begin preparations with teammates Jack Miller and Karel Hanika during a two-day test in Jerez on November 14 and 15.
Kent told MCN: “I’ve got good strength and movement in the shoulder but moving my right arm forwards is the biggest issue and it would not have been easy on the brakes this weekend.
"I didn’t want to try and ride and then have to withdraw because that wouldn’t have been fair on the team. I spoke to Herve (Poncharal) and we both decided it was best to sit out this weekend and at least they could find a replacement rider.
"Hopefully I can be fit and strong for the Moto3 test next week, which I am obviously looking forward to. It is a shame I couldn’t finish the season for Tech 3 but I appreciate Herve understanding my situation.”
Kent’s place at Tech 3 this weekend has gone to French rider Lucas Mahias.