Kalex Set To Dominate 2015 Moto2 Grid


Kalex motorcycles will account for virtually three quarters of the 2015 Moto2 grid after the entry list was published on Monday. The German manufacturer were the dominant force in the intermediate class last year, winning 14 out of 18 races, and with 23 of this season’s 31 entrants on board their machinery, another successful year lies in prospect.

Among those representing Kalex will be Esteve Rabat, who becomes the first rider in Moto2 history to defend his title, bringing the number one plate with him. His season-long rival from 2014, Mika Kallio, has departed the Marc VDS squad but will still threaten the frontrunners on-board an Italtrans Kalex, partnering the highly-rated Italian Franco Morbidelli.

Of last season’s top 15 championship finishers, only Maverick Vinales has left the series as he graduates to MotoGP, ensuring that Rabat and Kallio will face plenty of competition in the fight for the championship. Dominique Aegerter and Thomas Luthi will spearhead the Swiss challenge with Aegerter’s Technomag team merging with Luthi’s Interwetten outfit although ironically, Interwetten have abandoned the Swiss Suter chassis in favour of the popular Kalex.

Much of the intrigue in the intermediate class will centre on the rookies that are introduced to the series, none more so than reigning Moto3 champion Alex Marquez. The Spaniard has certainly thrown himself in at the deep end, joining Rabat at Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS, while long-time rival Alex Rins will also be under scrutiny as he fills the void left by Vinales at Paginas Amarillas HP 40. Florian Alt is another new name to Moto2 and the German carries the hopes of Suter as one of just two remaining customers.

Sam Lowes knows all about the pressures of debuting in Moto2 but with a year’s experience behind him, the Briton will hope to challenge for podiums in 2015, while Gino Rea returns with the aim of regular points finishes having joined the Kalex ranks.

 

2015 Moto2 Entry List

1 Esteve Rabat Kalex Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS
2 Jesko Raffin Kalex EMWE SAG Team
3 Simone Corsi Kalex Forward Racing
4 Randy Krummenacher Kalex JIR Moto2
5 Johann Zarco Kalex Ajo Motorsport
7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex Forward Racing
8 Gino Rea Kalex AGT Rea Racing
10 Thitipong Warokorn Kalex APH PTT The Pizza SAG
11 Sandro Cortese Kalex Dynavolt Intact GP
12 Thomas Luthi Kalex Derendinger Racing Interwetten
19 Xavier Simeon Kalex Federal Oil Gresini Moto2
21 Franco Morbidelli Kalex Italtrans Racing Team
22 Sam Lowes Speed Up Speed Up Racing
23 Marcel Schrotter Tech 3 Tech 3
25 Azlan Shah Kalex IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia
30 Takaaki Nakagami Kalex IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia
36 Mika Kallio Kalex Italtrans Racing Team
39 Luis Salom Kalex Paginas Amarillas HP 40
40 Alex Rins Kalex Paginas Amarillas HP 40
49 Axel Pons Kalex AGR Team
51 Zaqhwan Zaidi Suter JPmoto Malaysia
55 Hafizh Syahrin Kalex Petronas Raceline Malaysia
60 Julian Simon Speed Up QMMF Racing Team
66 Florian Alt Suter Octo IodaRacing Team
70 Robin Mulhauser Kalex Technomag Racing Interwetten
73 Alex Marquez Kalex Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS
77 Dominique Aegerter Kalex Technomag Racing Interwetten
88 Ricard Cardus Tech 3 Tech 3
94 Jonas Folger Kalex AGR Team
95 Anthony West Speed Up QMMF Racing Team
96 Louis Rossi Tech 3 Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2