Where is every Moto2 Champion now?
This article will look at where every Moto2 World Champion is nowadays.
2010: Toni Elias
The first ever Moto2 Champion was the ex-MotoGP rider, Toni Elias! The 2010 Champion raced 17 times in the 2010 Moto2 season, where he stood on the podium 8 times and won 7 races and claimed a grand total of 271 points, which was 70 points more than second place in the Championship.
For the 2011 season Toni moved up to MotoGP for the second time in his career, this was with the LCR Honda Team, who he raced with 17 times and claimed 61 points. However, for 2012 Elias went back down to Moto2 and took part in 13 races but only scored 50 points and finished 16th in the Championship, he also took part in 3 races in MotoGP with the Pramac Racing Team, and he scored 10 points and finished 24th in the Championship. 2013 saw Elias stay in Moto2 for half of the season for 11 races when he scored 22 points and he finished 18th in the Championship.
The end of 2013 and 2014 saw Toni move over to World Superbikes where he raced for Aprilia 32 times, he scored 141 points and finished a Championship best position of 9th place. The 2015 season saw Elias return to MotoGP for 6 races where he scored 2 points and finished 27th in the standings.
2016 was the start of Toni Elias' career in MotoAmerica Superbikes, he joined the Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing Team on the Suzuki GSX-R1000. The 2016 season saw Toni win 6 races, he scored 304 points and he finished 3rd in the MotoAmerica Championship on his first attempt. In 2017 Toni stayed in MotoAmerica and won the MotoAmerica Superbike Championship with 410 points! In 2018 and 2019 Elias finished 2nd in the Championship with 339 points and 362 points. The 2020 season was Elias' last full season in motorbike racing, and he finished 4th in the Championship.
2011: Stefan Bradl
The 2011 Moto2 World Champion was the German, Stefan Bradl! In his 2011 Championship winning season the German raced for Viessmann Kiefer Racing and he stood on the podium 11 times, he won 4 races and scored 274 points.
After 2011 Bradl raced in MotoGP full time from 2012 to 2016. From 2012 to the end of 2014 Bradl raced for LCR Honda 52 time, he claimed one podium finish and he had a Championship best finish of 7th place in 2013. In 2015 Stefan moved to Yamaha Athina Forward Racing where he raced 8 times and scored 9 points, he then moved to Aprilia Racing Team Gresini where he raced 9 times and scored 9 points. The 2016 season saw Bradl stayed with the Aprilia Racing Team Gresini, where he scored 63 points and finish 17th in the Championship.
The 2017 season took Bradl out of MotoGP to the World Superbike Championship, where he raced for Honda 18 times and scored 67 points, which allowed him to finish 14th in the standings.
In 2018 Stefan Bradl joined HRC as their MotoGP test rider, which is the role he is still in at the moment. Since signing as the test rider Stefan has raced 24 times for Honda in MotoGP, as well as covering and racing in MotoGP for Honda he has also put hours and hours of work in behind the scenes for Honda to make their bike a World Championship winning machine.
2012: Marc Marquez
The 2012 Moto2 World Champion was Marc Marquez. In the 2012 season Marc raced for the Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol, this was on the Suter machine. In the 17 races in 2012 Marc stood on the podium 14 times, he won 9 races and scored 328 points.
But what did Marc go on to do after the 2012 season? Well for 2013 Marc Marquez moved up to MotoGP with the Repsol Honda Team, his rookie season was nothing special I suppose, he only went on to stand on the podium 16 times, win 6 races and also won his first ever MotoGP World Championship in his rookie season. The 2014 season saw Marc Marquez stand on the podium 14 times, with 13 race wins and another MotoGP World Championship to his name, which was won in dominant style!
The 2015 season saw Marc lose his MotoGP for the first time in his career in the class, even though he finished 3rd in the Championship Marc still stood up on the rostrum 9 times and won 5 races. the 2016 and 2017 season saw Marquez claim back his crown for the 3rd and the 4th time in MotoGP, he did this with 24 podiums and 11 race wins in the two years. The 2018 season saw Marquez win his 5th MotoGP crown as he claimed 14 podium finishes, 9 race wins and 321 points.
The 2019 season was absolute domination from Marquez, in the 18 races that Marc finished he claimed 18 podiums, 12 race wins, 420 points and his 6th and so far final MotoGP Championship to date!
The 2020 season was a disaster for Marc as he competed in one race at the start of the season, in this one race Marc managed to crash out and broke his right arm, which put him out of the Championship for the rest of the season. But for 2021 Marc Marquez is back in MotoGP and he has raced 12 times, claimed 2 podiums, he has won 1 race and is 9th in the Championship. Could Marc Marquez ever return to the form he found in the 2019 season?
2013: Pol Espargaro
Pol Espargaro became the 2013 Moto2 World Champion, during this season he rode for Tuenti HP40 on the Kalex chassis. During the 2013 season en route to his title Pol managed to stand on the podium 10 times, he won 6 races and claimed 265 points.
After winning the Moto2 title Pol got his move up to MotoGP in 2014, this was for the Monster Energy Tech3 Yamaha Team, which is where he stayed for 3 years. Espargaro rode for Tech3 for 53 races, but he did not claim any podiums in his first 3 seasons in MotoGP. However, he did score 384 points in his first three seasons, and he had a Championship best finish of 6th place in his rookie season of 2014.
After not being able to get a factory Yamaha for the 2017 season Pol managed to move away from Yamaha and he moved over to Red Bull KTM Factory Racing as they joined MotoGP for their first full season as a MotoGP Factory Team. Pol had three rather poor seasons at KTM due to the bike being a new bike in MotoGP, this was for the 2017, 2018 and 2019 season. During these three seasons Pol raced 51 times, claimed 1 podium and scored 206 points with a Championship best finish of 11th in 2019.
The 2020 season was a breakthrough for KTM and Pol Espargaro! The Spanish rider claimed 5 podium positions in the 14 races, during the season he claimed 135 points and had a Championship best finish in his MotoGP career of 5th place! The 2021 season has seen Pol Espargaro move to Repsol Honda Team where he has not claimed any podiums, but he has 64 points and is in a disappointing Championship position of 14th place.
2014: Tito Rabat
The 2014 World Champion was Tito Rabat, the Spaniard won the Moto2 title for the Marc VDS Racing Team. Tito had 14 podium finishes, 7 race wins and 346 points.
The 2014 Moto2 Champion did not manage to get a move to MotoGP for the 2015 season, instead he stayed in Moto2 for the season with the same team. Tito had 10 podiums in his title defense, he had 3 race wins and 231 points. However, he only finished 3rd in the Championship, which means he did not retain his title.
But for the 2016 season Tito got his move up to MotoGP with the EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda team, in Tito's rookie season he raced 17 times, scored 29 points and he finished 21st in the Championship. The 2017 season saw Tito stay in the same team, he raced 18 times, scored 35 points and finished 19th in the Championship.
From 2018 to the end of 2020 Tito Rabat moved from Honda over to Avintia Ducati. In these three years Rabat raced 42 times, he claimed 68 points and a Championship best finish of 19th. However, in 2018 it is worth pointing out that he broke his leg at Silverstone and did not compete in the rest of the season, and he really did not look the same after the injury.
For 2021 Tito moved over to World Superbikes with the Barni Racing Ducati Team. However, Tito only raced 21 times for Barni Ducati as he got dropped by the team midway into the season. In the 21 races Tito took part him he scored 35 points and is 15th currently in the standings but will most likely drop back. In 2021 Rabat also did three races in MotoGP as a replacement rider for Pramac Ducati's, in these races he scored 3 points.
Since Tito is only 32 it is likely he will be able to find a ride somewhere, potentially somewhere else in World Superbikes, but he will almost certainly not return to Grand Prix racing as a full-time rider.
2015/2016: Johann Zarco
Well, this is a first. Johann Zarco is a two time Moto2 Champion, and the only two time Moto2 Champion. The 2015 and 2016 Moto2 Champion won both his titles with Ajo Motorsport. In 2015 Zarco raced 18 times, he had 14 podiums, 8 race wins and scored 352 points on his way to his first title. In 2016 Zarco raced 18 times, he had 10 podiums, 7 race wins and scored 276 points.
For 2017 Johann Zarco moved up to MotoGP with the Monster Energy Tech3 Yamaha Team, this is where Johann remained until the end of the 2018 season. For the two years he spent at Yamaha Zarco raced 36 times, he stood on the podium 6 times, he did not win a race, he scored 332 points and had a Championship best finish of 6th place in both 2017 and 2018.
Now 2019 was a mixed bag for Johann Zarco. At the start of the season. it was announced that Johann would race for the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team for the 2019 and 2020 season. However, Johann only lasted 13 races for the Austrian manufacturer before he left the team because he could not get on with the bike as he only scored 27 points in 13 races. For the final three races of 2019 Zarco moved to LCR Honda to replace the injured Takaaki Nakagami, in these three races Zarco scored 3 points. The end of 2019 saw Zarco finish 18th place.
For 2020 Johann Zarco moved to the Avintia Esponsorama Racing Team, at the team Zarco was given an old Ducati to ride. He rode 14 times and managed to get 1 podium, which is an amazing result for Zarco and the team. Johann also scored 77 points and finished 13th in the Championship. The 2021 season saw Zarco move up to the Pramac Racing Ducati Team, at the team Zarco was given a 2021 Factory Ducati to ride! So far after 14 races Johann has 4 podiums, he has scored 141 points and is 4th in the Championship.
2017: Franco Morbidelli
Franco Morbidelli won the 2017 Moto2 World Championship for the EG 0,0 Marc VDS Team. In the 2017 season Morbidelli raced 18 times, he stood on the podium 12 times, won 8 races and scored 308 points.
For the 2018 season Franco got a move up to MotoGP with the EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda Team. In 2018 Morbidelli raced 16 times, scored 50 points and finished 15th in the Championship. This was not a bad rookie season for Franco since he was on old Honda machinery!
For 2019 Franco got a move to Yamaha in the Petronas Yamaha Sepang Racing Team. In his second year in MotoGP Franco raced 19 times, he scored 115 points and finished 10th in the Championship. This was good progress for Morbidelli in his second season in MotoGP. His third year in MotoGP in the 2020 season, saw Morbidelli race 14 times, he stood on the podium 5 times, he won 3 races, claimed 158 points and finished runner up in Championship! All of this was done on a 2019 Yamaha!
The 2021 season saw Franco stay on the 2019 Yamaha, which was a poor decision from Yamaha. But Morbidelli did 8 races for Petronas Yamaha Sepang Racing Team, where he stood on the podium once and claimed 40 points. But Morbidelli got a knee injury during the season, but because of the whole Vinales drama at Yamaha, Morbidelli got promoted to the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Team when he returned from injury!
Hopefully, Morbidelli can one day become a MotoGP World Champion and he will return to his 2020 form!
2018: Francesco Bagnaia
The 2018 World Champion was Francesco Bagnaia. In his Championship winning season Morbidelli raced 18 times, he stood on the podium 12 times, he won 8 races, he scored 306 points and of course became World Champion!
For the 2019 season Francesco Bagnaia moved to Pramac Ducati Racing Team, he raced 18 times in 2018, he scored 54 points and finished 15th in the Championship! Pecco struggled badly in his rookie season on the Ducati. The 2020 season saw Pecco continue to struggle as he had injury problems, but he did claim his first MotoGP podium, but he did also finish 16th in the Championship!
The 2021 season has been good for Francesco Bagnaia, it started off with him moving to the Lenovo Factory Ducati Team. He has raced 14 times, he stood on the podium 6 times, he won 2 races, he has scored 186 points and is 2nd in the Championship currently!
The best part of this celebration was the fact that the bike would not start!
2019: Alex Marquez
In the 2019 season Alex Marquez won the Moto2 Championship, just like his big brother did in 2012. Alex stood on the podium 10 times in 19 races, he won 5 races, he scored 262 points, and this led him to become the World Champion.
For the 2020 season Alex got a move to MotoGP in the most prestigious of MotoGP teams, this is of course the Repsol Honda MotoGP Team. This move was alongside his big brother, Marc Marquez. In the 2020 season Alex raced 14 times, he stood on the podium twice in his rookie season, he claimed 74 points and finished 14th in the Championship.
The 2021 season saw Marquez drop down from the Repsol Honda Team to the LCR Honda Team. Alex has raced 14 times this season, he has scored 50 points and he is currently 16th in the Championship!
2020: Enea Bastianini
The most recent Moto2 Champion is Enea Bastianini, he won the Championship for the Italtrans Racing Team. In the 2020 season he raced 15 times in the season, he stood on the podium 7 times, he won 3 races and he scored 205 points.
In the 2021 season Enea moved up to the MotoGP class in the Avintia Esponsorama Ducati Racing Team. So far he has raced 14 times, he has 1 podium to his name, 61 points and is 16th in the Championship standings.