Since the creation of Moto2 in 2010, replacing the 250 2-stroke category, TotalEnergies has been present in the intermediate class with the Marc VDS Racing structure. A collaboration that has seen the Belgian team to take three world championship titles with Tito Rabat, Franco Morbidelli and Alex Marquez.
ELF and Moto2
Since the creation of Moto2 in 2010, replacing the 250 2-stroke category, TotalEnergies has been present in the intermediate class with the Marc VDS Racing structure. A collaboration that has seen the Belgian team to take three world championship titles with Tito Rabat, Franco Morbidelli and Alex Marquez. This season the Elf brand has become title sponsor with the team now named Elf Marc VDS Racing. A major commitment in such a hard-fought category, where everybody uses the same engine and the slightest detail can make all the difference. As technical coordinator at TotalEnergies’s competition department, Romain Aubry explains: “The regulations are more restrictive and we can’t make changes to the fuel during the season. With no limit to fuel tank capacity we are much less on the limit in terms of consumption. We can therefore focus our efforts on improving performance.”
765cccapacity of the new Triumph engine that the teams will be racing with from 2019
145kgweight of the Moto2 Kalex
The 2022 stakes
Who will succeed Remy Gardner this season? While there are numerous candidates, there is no one outstanding favourite. Though this is often the case in the Moto2 category at the start of the season. Winner in 2021, the Australian wasn’t really the favourite before the start of the first Grand Prix. For his part, Raul Fernandez showed last year that a rookie can challenge for the title. It could be that Pedro Acosta goes as well in Moto2 as he did in Moto3. Five other riders move up from Moto3 to Moto2: Niccolo Antonelli, Gabriel Rodrigo, Jeremy Alcoba, Filip Salac and Romano Fenati. The last won’t have ‘rookie’ status as he already raced in the intermediate category in 2018. Apart from Raul Fernandez, recently, riders coming up from Moto3 have struggled to make their mark in Moto2.
Prime examples are 2019 and 2020 world champions Lorenzo Dalla Porta and Albert Arenas. Two other young riders getting ready to tackle the intermediate class: Manuel Gonzalez and Sean Dylan Kelly. The Spaniard, who came to prominence last year in 600 Supersport after having won the 300 title, will race with the new, Yamaha supported team, VR46 Master Camp Team. The American, US Supersport champion, will be in the American Racing team alongside his compatriot Cameron Beaubier. There are also the ‘usual suspects’ of the Moto2 category, Sam Lowes and Augusto Fernandez, both of whom could challenge for the title.
Winner last year of the first two races, the Brit once again lacked regularity, even if he did win again in Misano and get on the podium in Portugal. He will team up this year with Tony Arbolino, Augusto Fernandez having decided to move to the Ajo team.