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#StatAttack: Moto2™ field deepens in 2016

#StatAttack: Moto2™ field deepens in 2016

18 of the top 20 riders in last year’s championship continue in the Moto2™ class in 2016, including Johann Zarco who hunts his second crown.

No reigning Moto2™ World Champion has ever won the opening Moto2™ race of the year in Qatar nor has a rider ever taken back-to-back titles in the class. Johann Zarco aims to change that in 2016, the Frenchman hoping to avoid the bitter disappointment from the 2015 Qatar GP.

Leaving the Moto2™ World Championship are: Tito Rabat, Mika Kallio, Randy Krummenacher, Anthony West, Azlan Shah, Ricky Cardus, Louis Rossi, Florian Alt and Thitipong Warokorn.

Stepping into the Moto2™ class as full-time entrants in 2016 come the following riders: Efren Vazquez (JPMoto Malaysia), Luca Marini (Forward Team), Ratthapark Wilairot (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia), Isaac Viñales (Tech 3 Racing), Alessandro Tonucci (Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2) , Miguel Oliveira (Leopard Racing), Danny Kent (Leopard Racing), Mattia Pasini (Italtrans Racing Team), Edgar Pons (Paginas Amarillas HP 40) and Xavi Vierge (Tech 3 Racing).

The strength in depth of the Moto2™ grid can be illustrated by the following facts about the riders lining up, together with the table below:

  • 16 of the riders on the full-time entry list have previously won Grand Prix races
  • Between them, these 16 riders have scored 95 World Championship race wins. 
  • Five of the riders competing in Moto2™ in 2016 have won the 125cc/Moto3™ World Championship: Thomas Luthi (Garage Plus Interwetten), Julian Simon (QMMF Racing Team), Sandro Cortese (Dynavolt Intact GP), Alex Marquez (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) and Danny Kent (Leopard Racing).

The youngest rider in the full-time Moto2™ entry list is Luca Marini (Forward Team), who was just 21 days old when his maternal half-brother Valentino Rossi clinched his first world title in the 125cc class at Brno in 1997. Marini is one of five riders in Moto2™ who will start the season as teenagers, along with Jesko Raffin, Alex Marquez, Lorenzo Baldassari and Xavi Vierge. The oldest rider is Mattia Pasini, who returns to Grand Prix racing in the Moto2™ class having made only two wildcard appearances last year. Pasini is the only rider in the Moto2™ class who will have passed his 30th birthday at the opening race of 2016 in Qatar.

 

Titles

 

Grand Prix Wins

 

Total

Moto2™/250cc

Moto3™/125cc

 

Total

Moto2™/250cc

Moto3™/125cc

Thomas Lüthi

1

 

1

 

10

5

5

Johann Zarco

1

 

 

9

8

1

Danny Kent

1

 

1

 

8

 

8

Julian Simon

1

 

1

 

8

 

8

Sandro Cortese

1

 

1

 

7

 

7

Alex Marquez

1

 

1

 

4

 

4

Mattia Pasini

0

 

 

 

10

2

8

Alex Rins

0

 

 

 

10

2

8

Luis Salom

0

 

 

 

9

 

9

Miguel Oliveira

0

 

 

 

6

 

6

Simone Corsi

0

 

 

 

5

 

5

Jonas Folger

0

 

 

 

4

2

2

Efren Vazquez

0

 

 

 

2

 

2

Dominique Aegerter

0

 

 

 

1

1

 

Sam Lowes

0

 

 

 

1

1

 

Xavier Simeon

0

 

 

 

1

1

 

  Total

6

1

5

 

95

22

73

 

  • Two of the riders in the Moto2™ class in 2016 have competed in all twelve previous Grand Prix events to be held at the Losail circuit: Julian Simon and Simone Corsi.
  • Jonas Folger won the Moto2™ race last year in Qatar – his first win in the Moto2™ class.
  • Johann Zarco was leading the Moto2™ race at Qatar last year by over four seconds with just five laps to go when he suffered mechanical problems and dropped back to finish 8th.
  • In addition to Folger, the only other past Qatar GP winners who are currently competing in the Moto2™ class are Luis Salom, (Moto3™ – 2013), and Mattia Pasini (250cc – 2008).
  • Alex Rins qualified on pole for the Moto3™ race in 2014 in Qatar, but made a bad start and finished the first lap down in 10th place before battling his way back to finally finish 5th. Last year he was 4th in Qatar on his debut in the Moto2™ class.
  • Thomas Luthi has finished on the podium three times in the Moto2™ class at the Qatar Grand Prix; 3rd in 2011, 2014 and 2015.  Luthi also qualified on pole at Losail in 2012 and was leading the race starting the final lap of the race before a clash with Marquez at Turn 1 resulted in him running off the track and eventually finishing fifth.
  • Sam Lowes qualified on pole for the Moto2™ race in Qatar last year and then crashed at the final corner of the third lap when battling for the lead with Johann Zarco.
  • Takaaki Nakagami finished third in the Moto2™ race at Qatar in 2013 and he was the second rider across the line in 2014 at Losail, but was later disqualified for a technical infringement.
  • Xavier Simeon finished second last year in Qatar, equalling his best Grand Prix result at that time.
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