Danny Kent confident Honda will suit style in Moto3

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Danny Kent is confident Honda’s Moto3 machine will suit his fast cornering riding style more than the Husqvarna package he has been racing in 2014.

As was first reported by MCN in Misano last weekend, the Gloucestershire rider has secured a switch to the Kiefer Racing squad for next season after leaving the Red Bull Ajo squad.

The 20-year-old has found the transition back to Moto3 in 2014 a tough one and he has scored just one podium in 13 rounds on the Husqvarna project, which is effectively a rebranded KTM machine.

Kiefer Racing has fallen on hard times since winning the 2011 Moto2 title with Stefan Bradl, but the German squad has secured fresh investment and lured Kent with number one rider status and top spec machinery from Honda.

And Kent, who won two Moto3 races at the end of 2012, believes a switch to Honda will favour his riding style more.

Speaking exclusively to MCN, Kent said: “Through the faster corners it looks like the Honda can carry more corner speed. And that has been a problem with the

Husqvarna this year. My style needs to carry corner speed but on this bike you need to brake hard, stop the bike and then turn it and go.

“That’s difficult for my riding style because I don’t use so much front brake and I like to keep the speed going and this causes me a lot of problems.”

Kent believes he can emerge as a race winning threat in Moto3 again after clinching a factory-backed Honda ride in 2015 with Kiefer Racing and he added: “They are a world championship-winning team and I believe in them.

“I will be their number one rider and I wanted to be in a team that will put 100% into me to try and win races and the championship.”

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Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt