2014 Moto2 Rider Line Up Announced: Rabat, Luthi And Terol Favorites, High Expectations Of Lowes

The Moto2 field for next season is even better filled than the Moto3 grid, with 35 entries for 2014. Like Moto3, the two men who fought for the championship have departed, leaving the championship wide open. The departure of Pol Espargaro and Scott Redding for MotoGP leaves Tito Rabat as hot favorite for the title, after the Spaniard had challenged for most of the season. Rabat has switched from the Pons team to join Marc VDS, where he is already off to a strong start, while teammate Mika Kallio has also showed strongly in preseason testing.

Strongest of all has been Tom Luthi, the Swiss rider having topped the timesheets at the Jerez tests so far. Dark horse in the Moto2 class is surely Nico Terol, who had a very strong end to the season after finally being diagnosed with lactose intolerance, a condition which had been troubling him all year. Since his successful diagnosis, Terol won two out of five races.

The arrival of Sam Lowes has been met with much interest. Previous entrants from World Supersport have fallen short of expectations, with both Kenan Sofuoglu and Gino Rea not managing to achieve the results they had hoped for. Lowes got off to a very fast start at Jerez, however, and was quickly within a few tenths of Luthi, and right on the pace of Nico Terol. It is a long season, however, and it remains to be seen how competitive the Speed Up bike will be against the Kalex.

Maverick Viñales and Luis Salom make their debut in Moto2, and clearly have their work cut out for them. The two men were two seconds off the pace on their debut, but that is common given the huge leap from an 80kg bike to a 150kg machine, with totally different characteristics. Both Viñales and Salom have been forced to drop their numbers, as they are teammates in the Pons team, where the Spanish radio station which sponsors the team decides the race numbers to be used. That leaves Viñales racing with number 40 (the contemporary pop radio station), and Salom racing with 80 (the station playing 1980s hits).

The Spanish contingent is strongest in the Moto2 class, with 8 out of 35 riders coming from Spain. That includes two of the men tipped to take the title, but the competition is more international than it appears. Italy has 5 riders on the grid, but the big surprise is the strength of Switzerland, fielding 4 riders in Moto2. The Swiss contingent is strong, too, as it features both the proven stalwart Luthi and Domi Aegerter, who challenged at the front more and more frequently in 2013. There are also 2 Japanese riders on the grid, with Takaaki Nakagami being groomed to step up to MotoGP, though he will have to find more consistency than he did in 2013. The rest of the field is varied: 2 British riders, 2 Frenchmen, 3 German riders, and 2 Malaysians, while Australia, Belgium, Finland, Thailand and the USA all have one rider each. Josh Herrin is the lone American in Moto2, having made the leap after winning the 2014 AMA Superbike championship.

The depth of riders from Asia is gratifying, especially given their competitiveness. Nakagami should be able to fight for race wins this year, and even play a role in the championship, while Malaysian rider Hafizh Syahrin has already had some impressive results in his wildcard appearances.

The 2014 Moto2 rider line up

No Rider Nationality Bike
Marc VDS
36 Mika Kallio FIN Kalex
53 Tito Rabat SPA Kalex
       
Technomag CarXpert
70 Robin Mulhauser SWI Suter
77 Dominique Aegerter SWI Suter
       
Interwetten Paddock
12 Thomas Luthi SWI Suter
       
Tuenti HP 40 Pons
40 Maverick Viñales SPA Kalex
80 Luis Salom SPA Kalex
       
Mapfre Aspar
18 Nico Terol SPA Suter
81 Jordi Torres SPA Suter
       
Idemitsu Honda Asia
25 Azlan Shah MAL Kalex
30 Takaaki Nakagami JPN Kalex
       
Caterham
2 Josh Herrin USA Suter
5 Johann Zarco FRA Suter
       
IODA
4 Randy Krummenacher SWI Suter
       
NGM Forward
3 Simone Corsi ITA FTR
54 Mattia Pasini ITA FTR
       
Speed Up
22 Sam Lowes GBR Speed Up
88 Alessandro Nocco ITA Speed Up
       
Federal Oil Gresini
7 Lorenzo Baldassari ITA Suter
19 Xavier Simeon BEL Suter
       
La Fonte Tasca
15 Alex De Angelis ITA Suter
       
QMMF
95 Anthony West AUS Speed Up
  To be confirmed   Speed Up
       
Tech 3
23 Marcel Schrotter GER Tech 3
92 Alex Mariñelarena SPA Tech 3
       
Dynavolt Intact
11 Sandro Cortese GER Kalex
       
JIR Moto2
31 Kohta Nozane JPN Motobi
       
Argiñano & Ginés
49 Axel Pons SPA Kalex
94 Jonas Folger GER Kalex
       
Petronas Raceline
55 Hafizh Syahrin MAL Kalex
       
Italtrans
60 Julian Simon SPA Kalex
  To be confirmed   Kalex
       
AGT-Rea Racing
8 Gino Rea GBR FTR
       
Stop and Go
10 Thitipong Warokorn THA Kalex
96 Louis Rossi FRA Kalex

 

The Moto2 field for next season is even better filled than the Moto3 grid, with 35 entries for 2014. Like Moto3, the two men who fought for the championship have departed, leaving the championship wide open. The departure of Pol Espargaro and Scott Redding for MotoGP leaves Tito Rabat as hot favorite for the title, after the Spaniard had challenged for most of the season. Rabat has switched from the Pons team to join Marc VDS, where he is already off to a strong start, while teammate Mika Kallio has also showed strongly in preseason testing.Strongest of all has been Tom Luthi, the Swiss rider having topped the timesheets at the Jerez tests so far. Dark horse in the Moto2 class is surely Nico Terol, who had a very strong end to the season after finally being diagnosed with lactose intolerance, a condition which had been troubling him all year. Since his successful diagnosis, Terol won two out of five races.

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KNEE DOWN ELBOW DOWN!!!

Big hopes for Jordi Torres next season. Love his enthusiasm, and he rode like a pro in Germany. Here's for another win!

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Been following Josh Herrin

Been following Josh Herrin ever since his first podium in Salt Lake City, let's see now what's the size of the lion for real and if he's good enough to elbow his way to the front in this league.

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