Since the advent of Moto2, created in 2010 to replace the 250 class and its two-stroke engines, ELF has been present in the intermediate class alongside the Marc VDS Racing outfit. This long-term relationship has enabled the Belgian team to win three world championship titles with Tito Rabat, Franco Morbidelli and Alex Marquez.
ELF and Moto2
Since the advent of Moto2, created in 2010 to replace the 250 class and its two-stroke engines, ELF has been present in the intermediate class alongside the Marc VDS Racing outfit. This long-term relationship has enabled the Belgian team to win three world championship titles with Tito Rabat, Franco Morbidelli and Alex Marquez. Since 2020, Elf has been the title sponsor, with the team taking the name ELF Marc VDS Racing - a major commitment in an ultra-competitive category with single type engines where the smallest detail plays a crucial role in performance.
765cccapacity of the new Triumph engine that the teams will be racing with from 2019
145kgweight of the Moto2 Kalex
The 2023 stakes
With Augusto Fernandez, having been signed by the Team GasGas Tech 3 Factory Racing to ride in the MotoGP class, the Moto2 World Championship looks very open. On paper, Japanese rider Ai Ogura, who was Fernandez' most serious rival last season, is the favourite. But Pedro Acosta is also looking like a strong contender. The Spanish prodigy, who won the Moto3 title in 2021, in his first Grand Prix season, won three times last year on his debut in the intermediate class. And had it not been for an injury that kept him off the track for several weeks, he would have certainly finished the year in a better position. Third in last year’s championship, Aron Canet could also be in the running for the title if he finally manages to ‘break his duck’ and get that victory that has so far eluded him.
Tony Arbolino, who won his first two Moto2 races last year, will also be in contention. Fourth in the world championship, the ELF Marc VDS Racing rider will be looking to fight for the title this season. An ambition shared by his team-mate Sam Lowes, who has finally recovered from the injuries that marred his season last year. Amongst the riders who made a name for themselves in 2022, there’s also Alonso Lopez and Jake Dixon. Two riders who, with a little more consistency, could shake up the hierarchy.
In addition to the Moto2 frontrunners from last year, there’s Izan Guevara, Sergio Garcia and Dennis Foggia, who in 2022 took the first three places in the Moto3 World Championship and who are moving up to Moto2 for 2023. It is highly likely that the two Spaniards and the Italian will quickly find themselves at the front of the pack. Finally, Darryn Binder, who last year jumped all the way from Moto3 to MotoGP, will race in Moto2 this season with the ambition of quickly getting into the fight for the podium.