Moto3: Kent taking time to reset brain on series return

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Former Moto3 champion Danny Kent has admitted that he needed more time to reset his brain for the smaller class after Sunday’s wildcard appearance in the French Grand Prix for the Red Bull KTM Ajo team, after a season spent in the Moto2 world championship.

Despite coming home a respectable tenth place, he admitted after the race that he should have been more aggressive from the start in it, but that his time in the middleweight class means that he’s become used to a more controlled riding style.


“I just wish I could restart the race again, because it’s a completely different race from Moto2. In that, you’re not overtaking as much and there’s not as many lunatics out there! My plan was to try and get to the front of the group I was in, and when I had clear track it was easy to catch them – but when I got onto the back of the group it was difficult to find a good spot to overtake without taking a risk.

“The bike was capable of finishing in second place, and I just wish I could start it again and be a bit more aggressive. But that has to be expected, because I haven’t’ ridden in the class for a year and a half.”

However, while he might have put on a good performance at Le Mans, especially as teammate Niccolo Antonelli once again crashed out of contention, the 2015 world champion admitted afterwards that his future is still far from secure.

“My fingers are crossed that I’m going to get a second chance at it now for the next race. My manager is always in meetings to try and find out something, but he’s told me to get on with the job this weekend and that we’d find out once it was done. But hopefully I know in the next day or so.”

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer