Interview: Kent training hard to prepare for new Moto2 challenge
Redbull.com caught up with the 19-year-old at last week’s Valencia test to ask him about his move into the Tech3 Moto2 squad on 600cc machinery, and his development as a Grand Prix rider.
Kent spent a significant portion of the winter improving his fitness under the watchful eye of former Tech3 MotoGP rider and double World Superbike champion James Toseland.
“Everyone knows James had one of the best fitness levels in the paddock so he’s the perfect person to be working with before the season starts and it has been good to have that help from him,” explained Kent.
“He’s got a lot of experience, he’s a two times World Superbike champion and he’s been in MotoGP. We had to work on strength as the bikes are double the weight with coming up from Moto3 to Moto2, so we’ve worked on core strength and arm strength without putting too much weight on. We did a bit of everything, running, cycling, gym work, a real variety of things.”
Asked to give insight into to his initial experience with his new employers, meanwhile, the Briton went on to say: “It’s great, I went to the Tech3 workshop not too long ago and I know the team are working really hard. That’s why I was back at home working hard too as I know that the harder you work the luckier you get.
“Some people are saying the bike is not good but it definitely has potential to be up there.”
Alluding to his aims for his rookie season in Moto2 in what will be his third full year of Grand Prix racing, Kent is under no illusion as to how tough things will be.
“Everyone knows that Moto2 is a really hard, close fought championship,” he said. “This is my first year on this bike so the main thing is just to keep learning and try to get some good results at the same time. It’s a two-year contract with the team so this year is about learning and then we’ll try for much higher positions next season.”
On his workouts at the Valencia test, where he escaped unhurt from a spill on the second day and reduced his best lap time by over 1.8s over the three-day excursion, he added: “The initial feeling with the Moto2 bike is great. It’s been a long winter so I’ve been waiting ages to get back out on a bike. The more laps you can do the better the feeling gets with the bike and you learn the maximum amount possible about everything in Moto2.
“It’s a lot faster than Moto3, the bike has a lot more engine brake, so you have to release the clutch slower or you’ll get flung off!”
Source: Red Bull