Danny Kent replaces injured Antonelli in Germany28/06/2017
Bo Bendsneyder will share the garage with the British rider this weekend, due to the back injury suffered by Niccolo Antonelli last Saturday.
This weekend the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 team will field a modified rider pairing at the German GP. With Niccolo Antonelli out of action due to a hernia between his sixth and seventh cervical vertebrae, Bo Bendsneyder will be joined by Danny Kent for Round 9 of the season. Kent previously took part in the French GP as a wildcard for the team.
Bendsneyder only lacked some late luck at the Dutch GP last time out. After a weekend placing in the top positions and leading the race, a fall a few metres from the finish line was an unfortunate end to his home round. In spite of this, the Dutchman left Assen with a lesson learned and pleased to have taken a step forward. Last year at Sachsenring, as a rookie, Bendsneyder was twelfth in a wet race after qualifying fourth.
For Danny Kent, this will be his second Moto3 race of the year. Tenth at Le Mans as a wildcard for the Red Bull KTM Ajo team, the Briton will be back this weekend at a track where he has previously won in Moto3. He took victory at the 2015 German GP after starting from pole position.
The ninth race of the year will mark the halfway point of the calendar. The Moto3 race will be held on Sunday at 11am. The last Red Bull KTM Ajo rider to win in Germany was Jack Miller in 2014.
Circuit information – Sachsenring
Length: 3.671 m / 2.281 miles
Width: 12 metres
Left corners: 10
Right corners: 3
Longest straight: 700 m / 0.435 miles
64 BO BENDSNEYDER
“I’m looking forward to Sunday’s race at Sachsenring after a good weekend in Assen. I sincerely believe that despite the final outcome, we had a positive GP, so we must continue in the same way from FP1 to allow us to arrive at raceday with every possible chance. It’s a circuit that I really like, and last year we did quite well there, so I hope to consolidate the pace we achieved last week.”
52 DANNY KENT
“I can’t wait to compete for the Red Bull KTM Ajo team again -this time at the German Grand Prix. Sachsenring is also one of my favourite circuits. Obviously I will need some time to get used to the characteristics of the Moto3 bike, because at Mugello I returned to Moto2. In any case, I’m sure we can get a good result by working hard together with the team. I want to thank Aki [Ajo], Red Bull, KTM and the whole team for giving me this opportunity.”