Moto2 European Championship

The Moto2 European Championship forms part of the FIM CEV Repsol motorcycle Racing series.

The rules allow riders from 15-years-of-age can take part in this series on either a Moto2 machine or a stock 600. The bikes will be similar to those used in the Moto2 World Championship. As a result, the top teams will have machinery that is probably just one year of development behind the full Moto2 World Championship.

Tenth anniversary

In 2019 the Moto2 series entered its tenth year. In 2018 the championship was won by Swiss rider Jesko Raffin. Although Spanish rider Edgar Pons won four races to Ruffin’s three, two DNFs in Estoril at the beginning of the season left Pons with a lot of catching up to do.

Raffin’s success means he is back racing again in the Moto2 World Championship, this time for NTS RW Racing GP.

Forty-four riders raced in the Moto2 class over the 2018 season whilst 17 competed in the superstock 600 class.

A platform for Moto2 World Championship

In 2019 there are riders 35 riders registered including Philippe Le Gallo, a Frenchman born in 1953 who competes in the Superstock class.

It isn’t just the Moto3 Junior World Championship that leads to racing at world championship level. For example, Augusto Fernandez raced in the Moto2 European Championship in 2018 and for 2019 has joined the Flexbox HP40 team (Pons Racing) in the Moto2 World Championship.

Another rider from 2018 who moved on to world level was German rider Lukas Tulovic. South African Steven Odendaal is a former Moto2 European Championship winner and he too now races in the Moto2 World Championship. These riders are now competing with Thomas Luthi, Sam Lowes, Marcel Schrotter, Bo Bendsneyder, and Alex Marquez to name just a few.

The bikes

The championship rules dictate that all the bikes must run a Honda CBR 600 RR engine, although the model can be from 2007 up to the current date. Unlike the European Talent Cup (Moto3) class changes can be made to the engine. Riders and teams can alter numerous elements of the engine but have to stick with the original pistons.

In the case of the ignition and electronics of the bike teams and riders can make adjustments to the engine control system (ECU).

A minimum weight of rider and machine is 217 kg and ballast is added to reach that weight, if necesary.

The bikes chassis must be a prototype and it is not allowed to use road-homologated fuel tank, swingarm, main frame, seats or fairings.

A British bike

In 2018, British Moto2 team Nykos Racing scored a point in the final round of the season with Dutch rider Nelson Rolfes onboard. The bike is built by Stuart Nicholls and he is confident that it can do well in the series. However, with no British takers, for 2019 Nicholls has an Austrian rider Mayer Julian. He narrowly missed out on his first point at Estoril coming across the line 16th.

British Superbike GP2 Category rider Sam Wilford took part in the Estoril round as part of his preseason testing. The IDWe racer managed to pick up a point in the first race of the year.

Former BSB Moto3 rider Dani Saez entered a couple of rounds during the 2018 season finishing second on both occasions in the stock 600 category.