British rider Danny Kent will return to the Red Bull KTM Ajo team for whom he rode in 2011 and 2012, to compete for another year in the Moto3™ World Championship.
The 19 year-old from Chippenham in the south of England will be reunited with the team run by Aki Ajo in Moto3 after a year in the Moto2™ class.
Kent competed for the team in 2011 and 2012, making his debut in the World Championship and claiming his first Grand Prix victories with them.
A runner-up finish in the 2010 Red Bull Rookies Cup series led to Kent undertaking his first full World Championship season in 2011. He did so in the 125cc class, as a Red Bull KTM Ajo rider. Kent finished the year in eleventh place overall, with fourth place at Jerez –in only the second round of the season– his best result.
This experience was further built upon in the first year of Moto3 competition, in which he took two wins –at Motegi and Valencia– plus an additional podium at Assen. Fourth placed overall in the season’s final standings, the Brit moved up to Moto2 this season. His best results in the intermediate class were twelfth place finishes at Brno and Sepang.
The addition of Danny Kent to the team, alongside Jack Miller and Karel Hanika, completes the Red Bull KTM Ajo lineup for 2014.
Aki Ajo, Team Manager, comments, "I am very enthusiastic to have Danny onboard for next season, forming an excellent trio with Jack and Karel. In 2011 and 2012 I had the chance to work with him, and I am very happy with that experience. With an extra year of racing under his belt, this second opportunity to work with him will be very fruitful for both parties. I am sure that we will understand one another easily from day one and be stronger, so I can’t wait for the first tests in November."
Ajo added, "I’m sure that this past year will be very useful for Danny’s performances next year. He has taken good results and has learnt a lot. Moto2 is a different category; I am convinced that he will be even stronger in Moto3."
Meanwhile the rider himself stated, "I think that this is the best opportunity possible. This is a very hard-working group, very professional and always in the fight for wins and titles. I want to make the most of this second spell with the team and finish as high up the order as possible at every race. I can't wait to get started and begin working hard. My collarbone injury is getting better every day, I have more movement, so I think that I will be ready for the first test in November."
Kent concluded, "They are a group of professionals who work very hard, and that is why they have won so much. Their way of working and that of Aki [Ajo] are different to other teams, and I like it. Aki is strict and methodical. I want to make the most of his experience, listening and learning from all the advice that he gives me."
Press release courtesy of Red Bull KTM Ajo Motorsport