‘I know the reper­cus­sions from this de­ci­sion are big’


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“It’s been a long 15 months with hardly any de­cent re­sults to show. Last year me and Miguel Oliv­era were pretty sim­i­lar in re­sults, and this year he’s able to fight at the top – and I don’t be­lieve this is just down to him.

“But af­ter ev­ery prac­tice ses­sion we make many changes to the bike and the same prob­lems just kept oc­cur­ring. I feel I’ve been push­ing hard but I’m still over two sec­onds a lap off and fight­ing with the bike to be in 20th.”

How­ever, Kent has en­joyed an abysmal record al­most since half way through his ti­tle-winning year – when he had to go right to the end to lift the crown at Va­len­cia af­ter dom­i­nat­ing the first half of the sea­son. That was again re­in­forced at the week­end when team-mate Do­minique Aegerter took his Suter to an im­pres­sive fifth place in only the bike’s third race out­ing.

And with that in mind, Kent is well aware that he’s taken a huge risk by walk­ing away from the team – one that could well mean that his time in Grand Prix racing is at an end.

“I know the risks and the reper­cus­sions from this de­ci­sion are big but I honestly think it’s the best thing I can do for me. It was break­ing me as a per­son and rider, and I honestly think if the right op­por­tu­nity comes up I can be fast in Moto2.”

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