Kent set for Moto3 return
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.