This day in history we feature Danny Kent. An English motorcycle racer, best known for winning the 2015 Moto3 World Championship was born on this day in 1993.
Trivia – Danny Kent
Danny Ray Kent in doing so he became Great Britain’s first Grand Prix solo motorcycle world champion since Barry Sheene in 1977, as well as the first British lightweight class champion since Dave Simmonds in 1969. During 2020 he competed in the British National Superstock 1000 Championship, aboard a Kawasaki ZX-10R, and for 2021 aboard a Suzuki GSX-R1000R in the British Superbike Championship, until a crash caused a dislocated and broken hip in August 2021.
Kent like many others started out in Minimoto, before moving into the FAB-Racing MiniGP50 and MiniGP70 British Championships. Kent progressed through the Aprilia Superteens Championship earning success before being selected for the Red Bull MotoGP Academy and racing in Spain in the Spanish 125GP Championship. When the Academy closed Kent was switched to the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup, where he finished runner-up in 2010. Kent also contested a wild card ride at Silverstone in 2010 aboard a 125cc Honda, earning him a late ride with Lambretta in the 125cc Grand Prix world championship that year. Kent entered the 125cc world championship with Lambretta in 2010 at the Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi. For 2011, Kent switched to the Red Bull Ajo Aprilia team to compete in his first full season in the 125cc world championship. 2012 was the start of the Moto3 class. For 2013, Kent raced with Tech 3 in the Moto2 category alongside fellow Moto3 graduate Louis Rossi. On 27 September 2015, it was announced that Kent would be moving up to the Moto2 class for the 2016 season, with his Leopard Racing team. He was joined in the team by his Moto3 championship rival Miguel Oliveira. Kent also became part of the Phil Burgan Race Academy (PBRA) – a programme for developing British talent in motorcycle sport, under the guidance of James Toseland. The aim of the programme is to provide support, both financial and consultative, to promising British motorcycle racers and teams of the future. In August 2019 Kent received a four-month suspended prison sentence for carrying a knife in a public place during an altercation in March, 2019. This resulted in his superbike team terminating his contract, with Gino Rea named as interim replacement. For 2022, Kent continues with Buildbase Suzuki.
Source – Wikipedia
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