The 2015 Moto2 World Championship starts this weekend with the Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar.
After the recent weather-affected final preseason test in Jerez, it is hard to predict any favourites for the 2015 Moto2™ title as riders prepare to do battle under the lights at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar.
Tito Rabat becomes the first ever Moto2™ World Champion since the class began to attempt to defend his title on the Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Racing Kalex, with previous Champions having decided to move up to the MotoGP™ class. Rabat is joined in 2015 by two of the top three Moto3™ riders from last season as well as 14 of the top 15 riders in the Moto2™ standings from 2014, with only Maverick Viñales having left the class to join the factory Suzuki Ecstar team in MotoGP™.
Speed Up Racing´s Sam Lowes will hope to continue his preseason form during 2015 as he begins his second season in the class, while last years Moto2™ runner-up Mika Kallio has made the switch this year to the Italtrans Racing Team.
With serial contenders like Johann Zarco, Luis Salom, Axel Pons, Simone Corsi, Thomas Luthi and Rabat´s new teammate, the 2014 Moto3™ World Champion Alex Marquez, also lining up on the grid, it is shaping up to be an incredibly competitive season.
The Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar starts on Thursday with two practice days for the riders, before qualifying on Saturday, with the Moto2™ race due to take place at 19:20 local time on Sunday night.