KENT’S TOP SIX DELIGHT
Danny Kent left Qatar delighted with his return to the Moto2 class, after exceeding his own expectations of a top 10 finish by capitalising on the jump start chaos to take sixth place.
Spending much of the race alongside former race winner Dominique Aegerter, Kent was able to maximise his learning opportunities as he eased himself back into the middleweight class after two seasons in Moto3.
He said: “If you’d said on Thursday that we’d finish sixth on Sunday, I’d have said that you were joking! The team and me have been working hard and getting closer and closer to the front, and I know that a few people made some jump starts and crashed, but at the end of the day that’s racing.
“We did what we needed to do, stayed on the bike, and learned a lot from that race. Now we need to keep learning and building.”
Kent was able to finally gather some valuable data, admitting afterwards to MCN that while testing was useful, there’s nothing quite like racing.
“In testing you don’t do 20 fast laps with everyone around you. To have everyone around you and to be in a fast group was really good for me, because I haven’t been in Moto2 since 2013.
“We made a big step at the end of qualifying, another in the warm-up, and in the race it showed because we were consistent. We know now where we need to improve.”