Moto2 2019

  • Returning rider Thomas Luthi wins the Moto2 race at the Grand Prix of the Americas.

  • His teammate Marcel Schrotter took second after battling with Alex Marquez.

  • Championship leader Jorege Baldassarri crashed out.

It was a day of redemption for Thomas Luthi as he won the Moto2 race at the Grand Prix of the Americas.

The Swiss rider gave up on riding in MotoGP after lackluster results and returned to the Moto2 with the Dynavolt Intact GP team.

It was his teammate Marcel Schrotter who took the holeshot at the start, followed by Alex Marquez (EG 0,0 Marc VDS). However, Marquez was able to force his way through a few corners later.

Marcel Schrotter – Photo credit

But instead of managing to break away, he was hunted down Luthi who had overtaken Schrotter. Soon, the pair started trading places with Marquez. The latter even resorted to putting up some hard passes but Luthi preservered and made his move stick. Luthi didn’t book back from that point on and rode to his win.

Marquez began falling into the grasps of Schrotter. When the latter moved to overtake, Marquez responded with hard passes including bumping into Schrotter. But Marquez couldn’t defend anymore and Schrotter passed him to claim second.

Alex Marquez – Photo credit

Marquez kept fading and was eventually passed by Jorge Navarro (Beta Tools Speed Up) who had Mattia Pasini (Flexbox HP 40) in tow.

Championship leader Jorge Baldassarri (Flexbox HP 40) crashed out after hitting the rear tyre of Jorge Martin’s (Red Bull KTM Ajo) out-of-control bike.

  • Jentera perlumbaan Moto2 MV Agusta F2 telah diperkenalkan semalam.
  • Ianya akan menggunakan casis MV Agusta bersama dengan enjin Moto2 Triumph.
  • Penunggangnya terdiri daripada Stefano Manzi dan Dominique Aegerter, setelah pemecatan Romano Fenati.


  • The MV Agusta F2 Moto2 race bike was unveiled yesterday.

  • It will use MV Agusta’s chassis with the Triumph Moto2 engine.

  • Riders are Stefano Manzi and Dominique Aegerter, after Romano Fenati was infamously dropped.

Forward Racing has unveiled the MV Agusta F2 Moto2 race bike.

It signifies the return of the Italian marque after a 42-year absence in GP racing. Forward Racing has a new title sponsor hence the change in colour scheme from black to red/white and the team being officially called MV Agusta Idea Lavoro Forward Racing.

The F2 features MV Agusta’s red-painted steel trellis frame mated to an aluminium swingarm. Suspension is supplied by Öhlins and the engine is the new Triumph 765cc triple.

Team riders Stefano Manzi and Dominique Aegerter unveiled the F2 alongside Giacomo Agostini’s MV Agusta 500cc 4-cylinder championship winning bike.

The team had first signed Romano Fenati to ride the bike this year. However, Fenati went to on to grab Manzi’s front brake lever at Misano after trading hard passes on track. He was immediately dropped from his old Moto2 team and banned for the entire season. MV Agusta CEO Giovanni Castiglioni followed up by declaring that he will not allow Fenati to ride his bikes.

The team will join other Moto2 contenders at the first pre-season tests at the Jerez Circuit in Spain from 20th February and the final test at Losail in Qatar from 1st March. The 2019 MotoGP season kicks off on 10th March.

Para penunggang Moto2 telah pun menguji enjin Moto2 Triumph 2019.
Para pasukan Moto2 kemudiannya akan membina kerangka motosikal untuk enjin ini.
Namun, berapa banyak kuasa kuda yang boleh dihasilkan oleh enjin perlumbaan ini?


Hafizh Syahrin bersama teman sepasukan, Miguel Oliveira – Sumber imej: Malaysiazine
  • Terdapat banyak perubahan yang telah disenaraikan bagi MotoGP musim 2019.
  • Antara perubahan tersebut adalah dari segi penunggang, sesi kelayakan, dan juga aspek teknikal.
  • Perubahan-perubahan ini dijangka akan menjadikannya satu lagi musim yang mengujakan.


  • Many changes are in store for MotoGP 2019.

  • The changes include riders, qualifying and technical areas.

  • Looks like it is going to be another exciting season.

The 2018 MotoGP season had just ended nary a week ago, but the MotoGP 2019 season has already begun.

The MotoGP field is now testing in Valencia. Certain riders have made the move to their new teams, new teams are formed, and new bikes have arrived. There are many changes for next year and it’s going to be another exciting season.

So, let’s take a look at the ten things to look forward to.

1. Hafizh Syahrin on Factory KTM

Hafizh Syahrin and teammate Miguel Oliveira – Courtesy of Malaysiazine

Hafizh Syahrin is retained by the Tech 3 team for the 2019 season. As we’ve reported earlier, Tech 3 made the move as KTM will supply the team with full factory bikes. There was no doubt that his performance in the second half of 2018 had been hampered by the 2017 Yamaha YZR-M1. Hafizh will certainly climb the rankings once he gets to grips with the RC16. Hafizh’s teammate is ex-Moto2 rider Miguel Oliveira. The KTMs will be developed by test rider Dani Pedrosa.

2. SIC Petronas Yamaha Sprinta Racing Team

Petronas Yamaha SRT – Courtesy of autosport

The Sepang International Circuit (SIC) announced their own MotoGP team in collaboration with Petronas and Yamaha. SIC had contracted the 2017 Moto2 Champion Franco Morbidelli and Fabio Quartararo as riders. More interestingly, however, is that Morbidelli will be riding the same A-Spec Yamaha YZR-M1 as Rossi and Vinalez.

3. Marc Marquez + Jorge Lorenzo = Dream Team?

Marquez Lorenzo – courtesy of motorsport magazine

It was a big surprise when five-time world champion Lorenzo announced his move to Repsol Honda to join nine-time world champion Marc Marquez. Honda had made it clear that they will not produce two different bikes to suit each rider, but will it be a compromise or will it still favour Marquez? Both riders have distinctively different riding styles, after all.

4. Johann Zarco on Factory KTM

Johann Zarco on KTM – Courtesy of visordown

Two-time Moto2 Champion, MotoGP Rookie of the Year 2017 and top independent rider for two years running, Johann Zarco is promoted to the factory Red Bull KTM team for 2019. Zarco isn’t shy to run up front with the leaders and we hope he’ll do it again, besides securing his maiden MotoGP win.

5. Danilo Petrucci on Factory Ducati

Danilo Petrucci had proved himself well on the satellite Pramac Ducati since 2017. His efforts have been rewarded with a factory ride from next year, partnering Andrea Dovizioso. Will that elusive first MotoGP victory happen in 2019?

6. Jack Miller on Ducati GP19

Jack “Jackass” Miller will relish his chances on the Ducati Desmosedici GP19, the same bike as factory riders Dovizioso and Petrucci. Miller is already a winner in the class and had qualified on pole position a number of times in 2018. Look out for this guy.

7. Standard IMU 

Unlike Formula 1, technical changes seem to have worked wonders for MotoGP. Racing is now much closer since the introduction of a standard ECU since 2016.

MotoGP is going further this year by supplying a standard IMU (inertial measurement unit).

The IMU measures the pitch, yaw and lean angle of the bike and sends the signal to the ECU to formulate precise traction control strategies. This technology is currently used on certain road bikes for the same purpose, plus Cornering ABS. But ABS is not allowed in MotoGP.

There’ve been concerns that there may be teams who are manipulating the signals from their own IMUs to trigger advantageous strategies from the ECU. The results are telling especially in terms of tyre wear. A standard IMU should close the gap between rival teams further.

8. Standard CAN Bus Connector

CAN (Controller Area Network) bus connectors are the “middle men” between the sensors and ECU. Similarly, there is also suspicion that electronics are used inside the connectors to manipulate signals that are being sent to the ECU.

As such, MotoGP will also issue standard CAN bus connectors in 2019.

9. Triumph in Moto2

Let’s head over to Moto2. Triumph is the exclusive engine supplier beginning next year. The 765cc triple is based on the Street Triple RS. Riders who had tested the new engine loved it for its mix of torque and horsepower. It has even broken lap records before the start of the official testing season!

10. New Moto3 and Moto2 Qualifying Format

The two classes will see a new practice and qualifying format as MotoGP. The difference is the 14 fastest riders on combined times from FP1, FP2 and FP3 will automatically go through to Qualifying 2 (Q2). The 4 fastest riders in Q1 are promoted to Q2.

  • Pasukan Petronas SIC MotoGP telah mengesahkan keseluruhan barisan penunggang mereka bagi musim 2019.
  • Untuk kelas MotoGP, Franco Morbidelli dan Fabio Quartararo akan mengemudi jentera Yamaha YZR-M1.
  • Bagi kelas Moto2 dan Moto3 pula, Khairul Idham Pawi bersama dengan Ayumu Sasaki dan John McPhee akan membawa cabaran ke atas grid perlumbaan bagi musim 2019.


  • The Petronas SIC MotoGP squad has confirmed their entire rider line-up for 2019.

  • For MotoGP, Franco Morbidelli and Fabio Quartararo will be riding the Yamaha YZR-M1.

  • As for Moto2 and Moto3, Khairul Idham Pawi together with Ayumu Sasaki and John McPhee will be bringing the fight to the grid in 2019.

During a grand presentation yesterday in conjunction with the GoPro British Grand Prix MotoGP round at Silverstone, the Petronas SIC (Sepang International Circuit) outfit has confirmed their entire rider line-up for 2019. A few surprises have been thrown into the mix so let’s get to it, shall we? (more…)

  • Last week, three players of the Moto2 championship went to Aragon to test out their chassis with Triumph’s 765cc triple-cylinder engine.

  • Kalex, KTM, and NTS all reported positive results where they clocked in similar lap times as the current 2018 championship after just two days of testing.

  • 2019 will see the biggest change to the Moto2 intermediate class with its new engine and electronics package.

We’ve passed the first half of the year and with all the action plus drama the boys from Moto3, Moto2, and MotoGP have been giving us, it won’t be long before the 2019 season starts. This brings the biggest change to the intermediate class with a brand new triple-cylinder engine swap from Triumph. (more…)

  • Jorge Martin will be moving up to Moto2 next year after signing a new deal with the Red Bull KTM Ajo team.

  • The 20-year-old Spaniard will be replacing the outgoing Miguel Oliveira.

  • Martin is currently second in the 2018 Moto3 world championship with just three points behind championship leader, Marco Bezzecchi.

It has been quite a season so far for Moto3 2018 championship leader, Jorge Martin. With three race wins and second in the championship, the Del Conca Gresini Moto3 rider has announced that he will be moving up into the intermediate class with the Red Bull KTM Ajo squad in replacement for the outgoing rider, Miguel Oliveira. (more…)

  • Images of the 2019 MV Agusta Moto2 race bike have been released by the brand.

  • The rendered images give us a taste of what the MV Agusta Forward Racing bike will look like.

  • The team will have a slight advantage as they are very experienced with triple cylinder engines and supersport machines.

It was only last month that MV Agusta that they will be returning to the world of MotoGP in 2019 after a 42-year absence. A four-year deal has been signed with the Forward Racing team which will see them compete in a brand new reworked intermediate class that will run Triumph’s 765cc inline-three engine. (more…)


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