Danny Kent believes he is ready for his Moto2 debut in Qatar and is targeting a points finish in the season opener seventeen days from now. The Briton concluded testing today, finishing 20th at the end of the four-day Jerez test, and feels he had made sufficient progress during the week to feel confident about his prospects.
“Overall it was a good test and I think the final day was definitely the best one as I set my fastest lap time despite the windy conditions making it very difficult and unpredictable on track. We found a good setting with the suspension today that gave me some confidence and I am sure if I could have found that feeling earlier we could have been even faster. But testing is all about experimenting to be in the best possible shape for the season and overall I’m happy with the job we’ve done. Now I just want to kick off the season in Qatar hoping to take home my first points in Moto2 and starting 2013 on a high level. This is an incredibly difficult class but the Tech 3 Racing Team and I are highly motivated and ready for the challenge.”
Tech 3 teammate Louis Rossi was 27th overall and completed a race distance on 600cc machinery for the first time. The Frenchman doesn’t expect to be as low in the order when he gets to Qatar and hopes to realise his potential when the season starts.
“Today was really interesting for me as I did my first race simulation and that made it difficult to improve our lap time from yesterday. We just wanted to do 27 consistent laps to show me how it feels like to ride in a full race situation with this bike. Honestly it was really long. But I learned a lot during the simulation and I’m quite happy about the test because after the difficult start we finished in not such a bad situation. I am convinced my potential is higher than my final position here and now we can be confident and really looking forward to the first race in Qatar.”
Team Manager Herve Poncharal is happy with how his young pairing has started, especially in relation to the other class newcomers, and has faith in both riders to challenge the experienced riders in Qatar.
“I think this week was a really good way for the Tech 3 Racing Moto2 Team to complete our preparations for the 2013 season and overall it has been a productive and positive winter for us. Danny climbed into the top 10 during the last test session this afternoon and while we know that the times were not as fast as yesterday because we had much more wind, the important thing is the gap to the leading group was much less and this has shown his high potential and that we are working in the right direction. It is not easy to step into this class because it is incredibly competitive, but Danny is doing the right thing and steadily building up his pace and confidence. He is very close to Sandro Cortese who won the title and many races in Moto3 last year, and this is the best benchmark for us. Louis has been improving his feeling with the bike and this afternoon he did his first race simulation, which gave him a lot of understanding about the performance of the bike and confidence for the first race. Now we are really looking forward to the first race in Qatar with the aim to see both of them fighting for their first Moto2 points.”