Danny Kent: "I'm ready to move up" - MotoGP move on the cards

Author: Oli Rushby Posted: 13 Aug 2015

Danny Kent could step up to MotoGP next season

Danny Kent has said he is considering an option to move into MotoGP for the 2016 season but says a decision has not been made regarding his future.

The Briton has become hot property after his dominant performance so far in this year’s Moto3 World Championship, having finished on the podium in eight of the ten rounds so far and standing on the top step five times.

With a number of offers on the table, Kent confessed to reporters this afternoon in Brno that he has at least one option in the premier class that he’s giving some serious thought.

“I’m still deciding and I have an offer on the table for MotoGP,” he said. “I need to sit down and see what the best route is for me. I think that in the next few weeks there’ll be an announcement for where I’ll be. It could be at Silverstone but my mind isn’t made up yet.

“There’s a few things we need to work on but any riders dream is to go to the top.”

Kent has won five races this season

Speaking to Bike Social earlier this season, Kent admitted he feels ready to make the move: “I’m ready to move up,” he said. “When we’re pulling ten second leads in Moto3 races, which is unknown, I think that shows we are ready to make the next steps and I know I’ve got much more to give.”

Despite rumours the Leopard Racing team is keen to step up to MotoGP, it’s thought Kent’s MotoGP offer has come from Pramac Ducati, who will get Ducati’s much-improved Desmosedici GP15 next season. This is an attractive prospect for Kent, especially with new electronics rules and the return of Michelin tyres expected to level the field in 2016.

However, he hasn’t ruled out a return to the intermediate class: “We had a bad year with Tech 3 in Moto2 but with the results I’ve had this year we can secure a really strong ride there next year.

“I’d want to ride a Kalex in that class. It’s important to be on a bike you know that can win.”

Kent says he expects to make a decision on which class he’ll be riding in next year in the next few weeks. 

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