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The 2020 Moto2™ season, you could argue, is the most pivotal in its history. Not only does it mark a decade since the intermediate class switched from 250cc to 600cc, but with the lion's share of the MotoGP™ grid’s contracts expiring at the end of 2020, it means there’s more than just a World title up for grabs. Premier class team bosses are more and more frequently looking at the next generation when it comes to handing out that next factory contract, so 2020 is most definitely the year to make a name for yourself.
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One man to have already done that, however, is Alex Marquez (EG 0,0 Marc VDS), after claiming the 2019 crown in Malaysia. The Spaniard will be aiming to follow in the footsteps of Johann Zarco by becoming only the second man to win back-to-back Moto2™ Championships. Or can newly crowned Moto3™ World Champion Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Leopard Racing) make history by conquering the lightweight and intermediate classes in consecutive years? What about the chances of the ever-improving Remy Gardner (ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team), Augusto Fernandez (FlexBox HP40) and Jorge Martin (Red Bull KTM Ajo). Moto2™ looks set to be an unmissable year.
With Dalla Porta moving up to the Moto2™ class, it leaves an already incredibly competitive Moto3™ World Championship wide open. There’s no doubting 2019 race winners like Tony Arbolino (VNE Snipers), Tatsuki Suzuki (SIC58 Squadra Corse) and John McPhee (Petronas Sprinta Racing) will be strong contenders. However, the lightweight class always throws up a few surprises. And when seven different riders won the opening seven rounds of 2019, the best thing to do when watching Moto3™ is simply expect the unexpected.
Plus, the FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup progresses into its second year where it will be bigger and better. This time around, the adrenaline-filled, all-electric action will take place across six races at five circuits. Jerez, Le Mans and Assen all join the MotoE™ calendar alongside the returning Red Bull Ring and Misano. The electric class hasn’t been short of drama in its inaugural year and that doesn’t look like changing in 2020.
Although MotoGP™ will understandably dominate the headlines and the conversation, all three supports classes will provide talking points of their own in 2020. With MotoGP™ contracts there to be won in 2020, who will grab the opportunity with both hands and announce themselves as a star of the future.
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