Kent set for Moto3 re­turn

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Hav­ing left the Kiefer Moto2 squad dur­ing the COTA race last month, for­mer Moto3 world cham­pion Danny Kent will re­turn to the light­weight class at Le Mans this week­end. Rid­ing as a wild­card for the Red Bull Ajo KTM team his re­turn is part of the Aus­trian man­u­fac­turer’s at­tempt to get their stalled Moto3 cam­paign back on track af­ter a rocky start to the 2017 sea­son.

Taking no podium po­si­tions in the first four races of the year and with their top rider in the cham­pi­onship, An­drea Migno, cur­rently seventh over­all and a dis­tant 39 points from series leader Joan Mir, project leader Chris­tian Kornt­ner says that the ad­di­tion of an ex­pe­ri­enced rider like Kent will hope­fully pro­vide valu­able in­sight.

“Danny started dis­cussing with Aki Ajo about get­ting a ride in Moto2, but Aki of­fered him the chance to first help us in Moto3, be­cause he is the most ex­pe­ri­enced rider there and knows both the his­tory of KTM and was world cham­pion with Honda. He has the best com­par­i­son to help us with where we are and where we lose the most.

“There are not re­ally any plans for do­ing any­thing with him af­ter Le Mans, and we’ll see dur­ing the wild­card ride how he feels and where he ends up, then we’ll see. Maybe we’ll do some more tests with him, but noth­ing is de­cided for the long term.”

Kent had his first run out on the bike at a pri­vate test in Jerez fol­low­ing last week­end’s Span­ish Grand Prix, join­ing fac­tory riders Nic­colo An­tonelli and Bo Bend­sney­der for the one-day out­ing ahead of this week­end’s wild­card ap­pear­ance.

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