Exclusive! Danny Kent on moving up to Moto2

Posted: 08 Oct 2012

The Tech 3 Racing Team has confirmed their riders for next year’s Moto2 World Championship as Louis Rossi and Danny Kent. We managed to track Danny down for his first interview since the announcement was made, exclusively for Bennetts Bike Social.

Q. How do you feel about the step-up from Moto3 to Moto2?
A. I’m feeling really excited about the move and I think it’s a really good decision for me. I feel this is definitely the right time to make the step-up and I’m looking forward to next season. I’ve still got four more rounds of the Moto3 Championship this year though and I need to make sure these are all good results for me, as I definitely want to leave Moto3 on a high.

Q. You’ve had an inconsistent season in Moto3, what do you put this down to?
A. I’d say it’s mainly to do with inexperience – something I’m gaining and developing all the time. We’ve had a few bike problems this year, but it’s something we can learn from. What I can say is that I definitely won’t be making the same mistakes again! Hopefully this means that I will be able to come back even stronger next year.

Q. It seems there is still a lot of development work to do on your Moto3 bike, how do you feel about this and what are your plans with the team?
A. There has been plenty of development this season – with this only being the first year we’ve had to make some changes to the bike to get a good set-up. There’s a lot more development going on still, and I think everyone’s been doing a great job. My lap times are getting faster, so I think that shows we’re improving. KTM are currently leading the championship, so we must be doing something right!

Q. As the two Tech 3 GP riders are Brits, do you think this is going to be an advantage to you from a learning/development point of view?
A. Most definitely. Bradley Smith rode the Moto2 bike last year, although on a different chassis (what chassis are they using in 2013?), so he will definitely be able to help out should I need any tips or advice. The Brit riders will be a great support to me next year, and it’s great to see them doing so well this season. I already speak to Bradley quite a bit, so I feel I’d be able to talk to him about anything I need to help me develop next year.

Q. Bradley Smith has progressed quickly through the ranks with Tech 3, is this one of the reasons you decided to go with them?
A. It was one of the reasons, but not the most important. I feel they’ve got a really good set up going on, and I believe in the bike and the team. I get on well with Herve Poncharal, and I feel this will help me a lot in the future as it’s so important to be able to gel with your team manager, as well as the rest of the team around me. 

Q. How well do you know your new team-mate Louis Rossi, and are you looking forward to working with him?
A. I know him quite well actually, as we’ve already worked together in the past. He was my team-mate when I first left the Rookies for Lambretta and we got on really well then. We still talk around the paddock from time to time, so it will be nice working with him again as he’s a really nice guy. 

Q. Who do you see as your biggest rivals next year?
A. That’s a really tough question. I’m not sure really, I guess we’ll just have to wait and see the results of the first tests as it would be really hard to say before then. 

Q. What do you think is a realistic finishing position for 2013?
A. That’s another tough one! I would be happy if I was just to get consistent results to be honest, which would give me something to build on. To finish in the top ten would be incredible.

Q. And finally, what are your plans for pre-season testing with the team?
A. We still need to talk about our plans for pre-season testing. I think we’re planning to get something sorted for Valencia, as well as testing at another track in Spain later on. So that’s something I’m really looking forward to. To be honest, I just can’t wait to get on the bike and see what it can do.