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By motogp.com

A new era: MotoE™ and Moto2™ make headlines in 2019

A new class, a new engine supplier and everything to play for in Moto3™ – the World Championship is reaching new heights in 2019

The premier class is breaking records and stunning crowds like never before of late, but there’s more to the MotoGP™ World Championship. The intermediate class, Moto2™, provides the perfect stepping stone to the top, and Moto3™ – the lightweight category – is one of the world’s greatest racing spectacles. There’s a lot to be excited about in both next season – not least the change of engine supplier in Moto2™ – and there’s also a whole new class: MotoE™.

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Highlights from the MotoE™ launch event in Italy

The all-new FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup begins in 2019. This parallel path of racing combines speed and sustainability like never before, with the electric 2019 Energica Ego Corsa ready to get in gear and out on track. The bikes will all be identical in the Cup and there are 12 teams lined up to compete, including LCR E-Team, Tech 3 eRacing, Alma Pramac Racing, Angel Nieto Team, Esposorama Racing, Trentino Gresini MotoE, who will all have two entries, and the one-entry teams are Sepang International Circuit, Marc VDS Racing Team, Pons Racing, Ajo Motorsport, Dynavolt Intact GP, SIC58 Squadra Corse. The riders? They include premier class podium finisher Bradley Smith, and 2011 125 World Champion Nico Terol – ensuring the competition is going to be top class in the new class.

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MotoE™ Photo Opportunity at Misano

Moto2™ also brings in a new era as the intermediate class changes engine supplier for the first time since its inception in 2010. From Honda, Moto2™ moves to Triumph and the British marque are set to supply a dedicated race-tuned 765cc Triumph triple engine to the class; based on the powerplant from the all-new 2017 Triumph Street Triple. Initial reports from riders who have tested it mentioned increased torque – with the likes Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) more than eager to get out on track on the new machines. Official testing starts alongside MotoE™ in Jerez on the 23rd to 25th November for our first look.

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Triumph bring their engines to the Moto2™ grid

Moto3™, meanwhile, remains the same – or that’s what we hope. Always some of the greatest racing on planet Earth and routinely breaking records, the lightweight class’ shake ups will come from the line-ups more than anything. Newer faces including reigning Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup Champion Can Öncu (Red Bull KTM Ajo), Raul Fernandez (Angel Nieto Team Moto3) and Ai Ogura (Honda Team Asia) will be moving into the Championship full time, and there are some exciting rider and team changes too including Gabriel Rodrigo moving from RBA BOE Skull Rider to reigning Champions Del Conca Gresini Moto3. John McPhee could be another to watch as he heads to Petronas Sprinta Racing, alongside Ayumu Sasaki, who stays put. His compatriot Tatsuki Suzuki is another who remains with his team, in that case SIC58 Squadra Corse, as does Tony Arbolino (Marinelli Snipers Team) and compatriots Dennis Foggia and late-season injury replacement Celestino Vietti at Sky Racing Team VR46. Aron Canet, meanwhile – one of the most experienced in the field – leaves Estrella Galicia 0,0 for Max Racing Team in the new outfit backed by four-time World Champion Max Biaggi.

The racing will be as incredible as ever in 2019, with so many changes and exciting new eras beginning for so many.

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