Danny Kent has secured an extension of his contract with the Tech 3 team to race for another year in Moto2. The 19-year-old Englishman has made sufficient progress in the difficult transition between Moto3 and Moto2 - switching to a bike with nearly twice the weight and twice the horsepower - to convince the Tech 3 team to extend his contract.
The second seat in the Tech 3 Moto2 team is still open. Frenchman Louis Rossi has not matched the progress of Kent, but still has a chance to keep his place. Meanwhile, rumors linking riders from the World Superbike paddock to the Tech 3 seat continue to circulate, though without much confirmation for them. A decisoin on that seat will most likely wait until later in the year.
Below is the press release from Tech 3:
Tech 3 Racing confirm Danny Kent for 2014 Moto2 challenge
The Tech 3 Racing Team is delighted to confirm that highly rated British rider Danny Kent will remain on board its Mistral 610 machine for the 2014 Moto2 World Championship campaign.
Kent’s dedication and commitment to building his experience in the ultra-competitive Moto2 category is starting to pay off in the second half of his rookie campaign and the 19-year-old is starting to show the talent and speed that took him to two victories in the inaugural Moto3 class in 2012.
Confirmation of Kent’s 2014 agreement comes less than a week after his outstanding performance in the Czech Republic Moto2 round where he claimed a career best grid position and race result in 12th position.
His growing experience and confidence with the French designed and built Mistral 610 machine was further evident at the start of his crucial home round at Silverstone yesterday when he set the eighth fastest time in the first two practice sessions and was less than 0.5s from the quickest pace.
Kent is now looking forward to the remainder of the 2013 World Championship campaign and he is optimistic he can emerge as a consistent top 10 contender.
“I am really happy that I have reached an agreement with Herve and the Tech 3 Racing Team to continue with the exciting Mistral 610 project for next year. It has not been an easy switch to Moto2 but I think that is a reflection on how tough the Championship is and how big the step is from Moto3. The Tech 3 Racing Team has given me great support throughout and in the last couple of races I have been able to make some big progress that fills me with a lot of confidence for the rest of the season. I will keep learning this year and hope to be a regular top 10 finisher before building on the experienced gained in 2013 to have a really strong 2014 and show how competitive the Mistral 610 package is.”
Herve Poncharal – Team Manager:
“I am delighted to confirm that Danny will be staying with the Tech 3 Racing Team in 2014. I have always believed that Danny has incredible talent and finally in the last two races he has been able to show the potential we know he has. It is a very tough job to move from Moto3 to Moto2 but our reference has always been Sandro Cortese, who won the Moto3 title in 2012 and who was always close to Danny. He is on a bike widely regarded as the best in the Moto2 World Championship and he has the same points as Danny, so that is showing we have been a good job together. Danny has made a big step forward since the summer break and his speed in Brno last weekend was a clear sign that he is more confident and comfortable in Moto2. He has carried on the momentum gained into this weekend too and I am very optimistic we will see him fighting in the top 10 in the last races. And I’ve absolutely no doubt that in 2014 he will be challenging at the front.”