Tech3 retains Kent for 2014 season

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Saturday, 31 August 2013

The Tech3 Racing Team has announced that Britain’s Danny Kent will be remaining on-board for its Moto2™ effort in 2014.

Immediately after Saturday practice at Silverstone, in which Kent finished sixth quickest, the announcement was made to confirm that the Chippenham rider – who will turn 20 in November – will continue to ride the Mistral 610 machine next season.

"I am really happy that I have reached an agreement with Herve (Poncharal, Team Manager) and the Tech3 Racing Team to continue with the exciting Mistral 610 project for next year," Kent comments. "It has not been an easy switch to Moto2 but I think that is a reflection on how tough the championship is and how big the step is from Moto3. The Tech3 Racing Team has given me great support throughout and in the last couple of races I have been able to make some big progress that fills me with a lot of confidence for the rest of the season. I will keep learning this year and hope to be a regular top ten finisher before building on the experienced gained in 2013 to have a really strong 2014 and show how competitive the Mistral 610 package is."

Team Manager Herve Poncharal shares his views over the contract renewal:

"I am delighted to confirm that Danny will be staying with the Tech3 Racing Team in 2014. I have always believed that Danny has incredible talent and finally in the last two races he has been able to show the potential we know he has. It is a very tough job to move from Moto3 to Moto2 but our reference has always been Sandro Cortese, who won the Moto3 title in 2012 and who was always close to Danny; he is on a bike widely regarded as the best in the Moto2 World Championship and he has the same points as Danny, so that is showing we have been a good job together.

"Danny has made a big step forward since the summer break and his speed in Brno last weekend was a clear sign that he is more confident and comfortable in Moto2. He has carried on the momentum gained into this weekend too and I am very optimistic we will see him fighting in the top ten in the last races. I’ve absolutely no doubt that in 2014 he will be challenging at the front."

Kent made his World Championship debut in the 125 tier in 2010, remaining there as it became Moto3 two years later. He clinched his first victory in the 2012 Moto3 race at Motegi in Japan after starting on pole position, before winning again at the season-closer in Valencia. Riding the new Tech3-built bike this season has proven to be challenge, but last weekend’s 12th place finish in the Czech Grand Prix was his best of the campaign to date.

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