Danny Kent has been given a Moto3 lifeline by former team boss Aki Ajo and his Red Bull KTM team.
The 2015 Moto3 World Champion looked as if his time in the Grand Prix paddock was on borrowed team when he announced he would be walking away from the Kiefer Racing Moto3 team due to disagreements behind the scenes shortly after the race last time out at the Circuit of the Americas.
With his options looking limited to remain in the Grand Prix paddock, former boss Aki Ajo swooped in to offer the Brit a lifeline. Ajo has arranged for Kent to test and familiarise himself with the Red Bull KTM in Jerez next week, before entering the French Grand Prix in a fortnights time as a wildcard in the Ajo side alongside full time rider Nico Antonelli and Bo Bendsneyder.
Kent had two stints riding for Aki Ajo, the most recent of which on a KTM in 2014. When Ajo found about Kent’s situation, he thought he had a solution that was mutually beneficially for himself and the 23-year-old.
“After learning of Danny Kent’s situation in the World Championship, the team, Red Bull and KTM had the joint idea of asking him to test and develop our bike,” said Ajo.
“Danny is a rider who has already been part of our team in the past; we know well how he works and he knows us, and we believe that with his experience he can give us a very interesting point of view for the technical development of our bike.
“In addition, what every rider needs is to compete, so we have offered him the possibility of a wildcard ride at Le Mans with us. I am convinced that the outcome of this collaboration will be very satisfactory for both parties.”
Thanks to @RedBull_KTM_Ajo for this opportunity. I'm excited to get on the bike and to test in Jerez and then for the Le Mans race!
— Danny Kent (@DannyKent52) May 4, 2017
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