Moto2: Kent ruled out of Austrian race by whiplash

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2015 Moto3 world champion Danny Kent was forced to sit out Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring thanks to an unfortunate crash on Friday, taken out by Alex Marquez and left struggling for the remainder of the weekend with whiplash.

Stepping in himself for the injured Marcel Schrotter at the Dynavolt Intact GP squad, Kent was in the wrong place at the wrong time during Friday’s free practice – and despite treatment throughout the weekend from MotoGP’s on site doctors and physios, was unable to make Sunday’s race.

“Unfortunately, after my crash when I was taken out by accident by Alex Marquez, I had a bad neck pain since. I visited Clinica Mobile on Saturday after free practice three and they confirmed I had whiplash and taped my neck for some support. In qualifying it was hard for me to hold my head on the straight and complete consecutive laps, so together with the team we agreed to stop our weekend here. I'm really disappointed not to be able to race and I'd like to thank the Intact Dynavolt team for this opportunity.”

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With Schrotter ruled out for the coming weeks thanks to a broken wrist that required surgery, it seems that he will once again need replacing come Silverstone and the British Grand Prix next week. However, it seems unlikely that Kent will step in again, with the ride instead linked to a number of racers from the British domestic paddock.

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer