KENT’S TOP SIX DE­LIGHT

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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.”

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