Posted: 16 Oct 2012
Moto3 rider Danny Kent enjoyed his maiden victory at Motegi last weekend, we phoned Danny in Kuala Lumpur for an interview, exclusively for Bennetts Bike Social.
Q. Since our last exclusive interview with you, you’ve enjoyed your maiden victory at Motegi, how did that feel?
A. It was a great feeling, probably the best feeling in my life so far. It’s a big thing when you’ve been dreaming of something for your whole life, and then you actually manage to achieve it; it’s just fantastic.
Q. There seemed to be some (unnecessary) controversy with your team-mate Cortese after the race. What’s your reaction to that?
A. I honestly don’t think I did anything wrong during the race, and I think when he (Cortese) looked back at the tape he agreed with me. My path was clean, you could see that, and it was actually between Cortese and Tonucci that the collision took place, so I think the problem was between those two. We’ve spoken since though and he’s apologised, so it’s all cleared up between us now.
Q. The first long-awaited win, came just after the announcement of your move to Moto2 with Tech3. Did the news give you a confidence boost ahead of Japan?
A. Yes, it definitely took the pressure off. To go into the last four rounds knowing that you have next year sorted helps you feel more comfortable, it meant I could just focus on the racing. After I made it on to the podium it was definitely a confidence boost, and means with more good results I can end my season on a high, which is what I’d hoped for.
Q. Do you think now that you’ve had your first win, we’ll see you on the top step of the podium more often?
A. I would like to think so! Now we know how to do it we can hopefully make sure it happens again. I was quite nervous before, but now at least I know what to expect so it will hopefully make things easier. I’d love to be able to get up on the podium more often.
Q. Is the win a little bitter sweet in that you’ve just started winning and you’re now moving to new machinery in a new class?
A. No, not really. I don’t regret the decision at all, and like I said last time, I feel that it’s the right time for me to move to Moto2. Tech3 is a great team and I’m really excited to join them.
Q. When the BBC’s Matt Roberts asked Tech3 Team Manager, Herve Poncharal, what he saw in you as a rider, he simply replied ‘a future world champion’. Does that fill you with further confidence or add more pressure?
A. I didn’t see it or know that he’d said it until my Mum told me actually, but no it doesn’t put any extra pressure on me. It’s nice to hear people say that about you, definitely from someone like Herve, but I just need to focus on now and then look forward to working with the team at Tech 3 when I reach the end of the season.
Q. Have you spoken with your new British team-mates since the Tech3 announcement was made? How have they reacted to the news?
A. I haven’t spoken to any of the British riders actually, not since the last round. I haven’t spoken to Cal since qualifying, but I look forward to working with them more in the future. The reaction seems to have been positive so far, so I’m just going in with an open mind.
Q. How do you feel ahead of Sepang for the next round?
A. I feel really good actually, especially after my first win. I think it’s given me a great confidence boost going into Malaysia and I’m really excited for the next few races.
Q. You have spent a lot of time travelling this year. Are you looking forward to spending more time at home now that the season is coming to an end?
A. I think around the time of the last race I’ll get excited about going back and getting to spend some more time at home. It will be nice to spend more time with my family, but as soon as Christmas and New Year are over I think I’ll be eager to get back out on the bike.
Q. We hear that you have plans to do some training in the off season with Bennetts-backed James Toseland. What will this consist of and has this come about because you are managed by JT’s manager Roger Burnett?
A. James has always kept an eye on me, but it is great to have a connection like Roger and I think he was really keen for us to work together. It will be fantastic to have guidance from James and I’m looking forward to working with him. As a double World Champion he knows what to expect, and how to get there, so I think he will be able to help me a lot.