2018 Provisional Moto2 Rider Line Up

The provisional rider line up for the Moto2 class has been published for the 2018 season. The class is as popular as ever, with 33 riders entered to race for the season. With the arrival of NTS, who will be racing in collaboration with the RW Racing team, there are now 6 manufacturers in the grid: KTM, Kalex, Suter, NTS, Tech 3, and Speed Up. Kalex still dominates, with 19 bikes, but KTM has stepped up its program to a total of 6 bikes, the others all fielding two riders apiece.

As in Moto3, Italian and Spanish riders dominate, with 9 Italians and 7 Spaniards on the grid. But the field will have riders with 14 different nationalities on the grid. 

The provisional Moto2 rider line up is below:

No. Rider Nationality Team Bike
4 Steven Odendaal S-African RW Racing NTS NTS
5 Andrea Locatelli Italian Italtrans Racing Team Kalex
7 Lorenzo Baldassari Italian Pons HP40 Kalex
9 Jorge Navarro Spanish Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Kalex
10 Luca Marini Italian Sky Racing Team VR46 Kalex
11 Sandro Cortese German Kiefer Racing KTM
13 Romano Fenati Italian Marinelli Rivacold Snipers Kalex
16 Joe Roberts USA RW Racing NTS NTS
20 Fabio Quartararo French Speed Up Racing Speed Up
21 Federico Fuligni Italian Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2 Kalex
22 Sam Lowes British Cgbm Evolution KTM
23 Marcel Schrötter German Dynavolt Intact NTS Suter
24 Simone Corsi Italian Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2 Kalex
27 Iker Lecuona Spanish Cgbm Evolution KTM
32 Isaac Viñales Spanish SAG Team Kalex
36 Joan Mir Spanish EG 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex
40 Hector Barbera Spanish Pons HP40 Kalex
41 Brad Binder S-African Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM
42 Francesco Bagnaia Italian Sky Racing Team VR46 Kalex
44 Miguel Oliveira Portuguese Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM
45 Tetsuta Nagashima Japanese Idemitsu Honda Team Asia Kalex
51 Eric Granado Brazilian Forward Racing Team Kalex
52 Danny Kent British Speed Up Racing Speed Up
54 Mattia Pasini Italian Italtrans Racing Team Kalex
55 Hafizh Syahrin Malaysian Petronas Sprinta Racing Kalex
62 Stefano Manzi Italian Forward Racing Team Kalex
64 Bo Bendsneyder Dutch Tech 3 Racing Tech 3
73 Alex Marquez Spanish EG 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex
77 Dominique Aegerter Swiss Kiefer Racing KTM
87 Remy Gardner Australian Tech 3 Racing Tech 3
89 Khairul Idham Pawi Malaysian Idemitsu Honda Team Asia Kalex
95 Jules Danilo French SAG Team Kalex
97 Xavi Vierge Spanish Dynavolt Intact NTS Suter



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12 non-Kalexes hopefully the beginning of the end of the Kalex cup.

Moto 2 has been quite good this year, and 2018 already looks even better. Fascinating mix of new talent up from Moto 3, some riders returning for the new season with useful experience behind them and/or a new ride and Lowes and Barbera back from Moto GP. Or will it be third time lucky for the returning Danny Kent? Can't wait to find out.

Interesting mix of nationalities & bikes for the last year of the CBR600/Kalex cup.

And Aussie Remy Gardner has a full time ride, I hope Remy gets some better results in 2018.

Hector Barbera & S.Lowes will be very keen to forge a future for themselves in gp racing, 2018 may be the last chance they get.

Best of luck to Joe Roberts I hope the new team stays together for all of the 2018 season.

Remember experience, cunning & treachery beats youth, skill & talent sometimes.

Some of the comments on here regarding the "Kalex Cup" bely the quiet revolution that has taken place in Moto2.

Results from the last few Grand Prix:

Australia: 5 different manufacturers in top 8

Sepang: 3 in top 8

Japan: 3 in top 3

Aragon: 4 in top 9 (3 in top 7)

Misano: 4 in top 7

4 different manufacturers have put a bike on the box this year, with a 5th doing so last year.  The Kalex Cup comments are from a time that has quietly slipped away.


Quartararo and Bendsneyder came into moto3 with glowing resumes, then moved up without (IMO) really accomplishing anything. Is this really good for their development? Q looked ok-ish in moto2 this year, but I still wonder.