Rider Profile: Danny Kent

Similar to many, Danny first threw his leg over a bike at a young age and quickly developed a great passion for racing. As a youngster, he competed in numerous Mini Moto Championships, before progressing onto bigger bikes.

In 2009, he was selected to compete in the Red Bull Rookies Cup, getting his first taste of World Championship competition. Racing against some of the fastest teenagers on the planet, he showcased his potential quickly achieving many podiums and pole position starts.

Danny continued in the Rookies for 2010, finishing the season as runner-up and was also offered the chance to compete as a wildcard in the 125cc championship. Proving to be capable of competing within a class of such high level, he secured a full season ride with the Red Bull Ajo Aprilia team for 2011, achieving a best place finish of fourth.

His relationship with the team continued into 2012, when the 125cc class became what we all know today as the Moto3 World Championship. This was the year that Danny secured his first podium at the TT Assen Circuit, backing that up with his first win at the Japanese Grand Prix, finishing fourth in the overall standings.

He made a brief step up into Moto2 World Championship for 2013. However, didn’t manage to complete the entire season due to an injury, so returned to the Moto3 Ajo team.

Danny moved into the Leopard Keifer Racing squad for 2015, competing at the sharp end of the field all season and racking up many wins, podium finishes and demonstrating great consistency. Relishing in expectation, he was crowned the Moto3 World Champion at the final race of the season, riding across the line and into the history books, becoming the first British World Champion since Barry Sheene in 1977.

Returning to the Moto2 World Championship, he faced much adversity while riding for Leopard Racing and the Speed Up Racing team. In between rides, he returned again to Moto3 as a wildcard rider and competed as a replacement rider in Moto2 on some occasions.

After a couple of tough years, he tracked back to competing on home soil, stepping away from international competition. Difficulty faced him during the first couple of seasons prior to leaving the World Championship paddock. However, refusing to back down from tough situations, he secured a ride with the Morello Racing Kawasaki team in the Superstock 1000 British Championship of 2020 and making a good impression in his full debut season. 

This year, Danny will be joining our very own Buildbase Suzuki crew, moving up in classes to the Official British Superbike Championship. We are delighted to be joining forces with such an experienced rider and look forward to building a great relationship together over the coming year. 

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