Moto2

Francesco Bagnaia

2018 FIM Moto2 Grand Prix World Champion

Born on 14th January 1997 in Torino, Italy

PECCO’S PERFECT YEAR

Francesco Bagnaia (Kalex) claimed the 2018 FIM Moto2 World Championship title with a race to spare, claiming his twelfth podium finish of an incredibly consistent season at the eighteenth round of nineteen in Malaysia, having already posted eight wins.

‘Pecco’ is no stranger to making history in his short career, having famously scored the first win for Indian factory Mahindra in the Moto3 class in 2016 at the TT Circuit Assen. Another win at Sepang put him fourth in the overall standings that year and marked the 21-year-old out as a man to watch when he made the step up to Moto2 in 2017.

Bagnaia’s first Moto2 podium came at Jerez in round four and was followed by three more as he finished as the Rookie of the Year in fifth overall. Back with Sky Racing Team VR46 for 2018, the Italian started the season on the top step with a first Moto2 win in Qatar and followed up in Texas and Le Mans to make it three from the opening five races.

Miguel Oliveira’s (KTM) victory at Mugello brought him to within a single point of Bagnaia and the pair traded wins at Assen, Brno and Austria as the championship battle turned into a two-rider affair. However, further wins at Misano, Buriram and Motegi moved Pecco clear, as he picked up points in every single race.

After missing his first chance to take the title at Phillip Island, third place in Malaysia was enough to make Bagnaia the second Italian rider to win the FIM Moto2 World Championship, following on from Franco Morbidelli last year.

PALMARES

World title - 2018

Franco Morbidelli

2017 FIM Moto2 Grand Prix World Champion

Born on 4 December 1994 in Rome, Italy

FRANKIE CAN RELAX

Franco Morbidelli (Kalex) was crowned the 2017 FIM Moto2 World Champion with a race to spare after taking eight wins, six poles and eleven podiums to become the first Italian champion in the intermediate class since Marco Simoncelli in 2008. Morbidelli arrived in Moto2 from national and European STK600 racing with three appearances in 2013 that gained him a full-time ride for the following year. Some top ten results in the latter half of that season laid the foundations for 2015, when he scored top six results in the opening five rounds and a debut podium at Indianapolis.

Morbidelli showed his championship potential in 2016, recovering from a slow start to score eight podiums from the last eleven races, but nobody could have predicted the form he showed at the start of this campaign. Off to a flying start with a faultless win from pole in Qatar, Morbidelli scored three further wins from the next four races to establish a lead he would not relinquish. Victories at Assen and Sachsenring further cemented his position, before he crashed out of the lead at Misano. Next time out at MotorLand Aragon, the VR46 academy prospect took on compatriot Mattia Pasini (Kalex) in a stunning duel, and put everything on the line for his eighth win of the year.

'Frankie' arrived for the penultimate round at Sepang with a 29-point advantage and following a dramatic qualifying session that saw key rival Thomas Lüthi (Kalex) ruled out of action after suffering a fracture in his foot, Morbidelli’s advantage at the top was enough to declare him the champion.

PALMARES
Word title - 2017

Johann Zarco

2016 FIM Moto2 World Champion

 Born on 16 July 1990 in Cannes, France 

ZARCO ZOOMS INTO THE HISTORY BOOKS

Johann Zarco (Kalex) made history in 2016 as the first rider ever to successfully defend the FIM Moto2 World Championship and with it become the first Frenchman ever to win more than one title in Grand Prix Circuit Racing. After romping to his first championship by over 100 points in 2015, Zarco made a steady start to 2016, picking up just 56 points from the opening five races, despite a win in round two, that gave Alex Rins (Kalex) the opportunity to establish a strong championship challenge.

However, an incredible run of mid-season form that encompassed four wins and a second place from five races at Mugello, Catalunya, Assen, Sachsenring and Red Bull Ring reasserted Zarco's status as the man to beat, also earning him a MotoGP contract for 2017. Even a spell of indifferent form after the summer break did little to threaten his points cushion, with Rins struggling to take advantage as Thomas Lüthi (Kalex) hit form with three wins in five races. Zarco's sixth win of the season in Malaysia put the seal on the championship with a round to spare, signing off with a seventh in the final round at Valencia, where second place for Lüthi wrapped up the runner-up spot in the championship.