The Englishman has impressed for Ajo in Moto3 this season, his second full Grand Prix campaign, and claimed his first career rostrum finish at Assen. With his teammate Sandro Cortese dominating the championship Kent’s performances have been overshadowed but his mature race craft has gained him many admirers within the paddock.
Continuing in the smallest class was obviously an option but moving into the Moto2 class with Tech3 offers a clear path into MotoGP if he can meet expectations. In addition to this Kent’s size, 5”10, has hamstrung aboard the 250cc KTM where he has struggled to get into the “bubble.” Moving to the larger Moto2 bike will help him to find a more level playing field where his size will not be as great a handicap and this clearly played a key role in Kent’s decision making process, “I feel ready to make this step because my physical size is not ideal for the Moto3 class.”
In addition to this Kent also went on to speak off how excited he was to join the team:
“I am delighted to be joining the Tech 3 Racing Moto2 Team for 2013 and this is a great opportunity for me to take my career to the next level,” said Kent. “I am under no illusions how difficult racing in the Moto2 class is going to be, but I can’t think of a better team to join than Tech 3 Racing to help me learn. Herve Poncharal is somebody I have a lot of respect for.”
Speaking at the announcement Poncharal was clearly excited about the prospect of the Englishman joining his team:
“Danny is a rider I have admired for a long time and right from the moment we started considering our Moto2 plans for 2013, he was right at the top of the list of candidates,” said the team boss. “I have no doubt he is a rider with a very big future and I am really looking forward to working with Danny. He has demonstrated numerous times this season his potential with some outstanding performances in the new Moto3 class.”