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MotoGP Catalunya: ‘Strangest season of my career’ – Kent

Britain’s Danny Kent is right in the middle of ‘the strangest season of his career’. After having enjoyed the success of a world title, the youngster’s adventure in Moto2 with the Kiefer Team ended abruptly and at Le Mans we saw Kent back in Moto3 with the Ajo Team.

One race later in Mugello we met him while he was riding in Moto2 for the Garage Plus Interwetten squad, standing in for the injured Iker Lecuona but he isn't back on the bike this weekend will return.

How difficult and stressful is for a rider to change team and bike every weekend?
“It’s one of the strangest seasons in my career. From the TV you just look at the results, but it’s difficult to understand what it is happing behind the cameras. I would have rather stopped because I was not happy inside the Kiefer team, there were a few problems and I felt it was not going to improve. I started to not enjoy racing and in this way you cannot give 100 per cent. So I decided to move on and try to find a new option.”

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You put your season in jeopardy…
“There were things going on that kept re-occurring. Some mistakes that were not under my control. I lost trust. For my confidence it was important to change. From winning the championship in 2015 with Leopard it had been downhill. My confidence has been less and less.

“ In 2016 it was basically the same team but it was a new adventure for them to tackle Moto2. It was a learning season. This year it was basically the same team, same company, same team manager. I had new mechanics again, but mainly only a different sponsor.”

Are you aware that constant changes can damage your career?
“I was not happy, I was not enjoying racing and it was better to stop and make a change in order to find the racing spark.”

How do you feel now?
“Now I’m happy in the team, I think I have a good team where I can express my potential.”

Will you stay just with Interwetten in the long term?
“I think it will depend from the results and maybe there is the possibility for me to do some more races.”

What is the goal now?
“I aim at finding a full time seat in Moto2 because I know we can be fast. I only need the right people around me. I’m happy to have the opportunity in the Interwetten team. They have a lot of experience and are working on 110 per cent on every details.”

A return to Moto3 would be an option?
“It’s not my priority as I have already been in Moto3 for a few years and I have won the championship in 2015. Now I want to show that I can be fast also in Moto2. Then, of course, if there is a good option in Moto3 I will consider it, but the priority is Moto2.”

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