MotoGP: No 2023 debutants? The rookie ball could be postponed to 2024

With fewer seats available in a MotoGP where there are still too many confirmed riders without a handlebar, the tradition of at least one Moto2 rookie that has endured since the introduction of this category in 2010 runs the risk of coming to an end. Indeed, in the face of the turn of the transfer market, the horizon is blocked for the next generation, which will have more opportunities in 2024. Should we still talk about a sacrificed generation?

In 2022, the contingent of beginners has never been so large in MotoGP, with no more and no less than four riders rising in Moto2 rankings and a fifth in Moto3 parachutes. A upswing that should last a long time because 2023 is a sure bet that there will only be one rookie legitimized by the World Champion title, or even none. So, yes Ai Ogura has a real chance to replace Taka Nakagami at LCR Honda, with or without a crown, this seems to be an imperative Celestino Vietti who surrendered for his fate at the VR46 academy. However, the latter finds it difficult to find a way out of MotoGP, even among its already saturated ranks.

If the Moto2 World Champion does not get the promotion to debutant, will have Johann Zarco in his sights

For all those who are currently racing in Moto2, 2023 feels like a mandatory repeat, even with good grades. If the World Champion gets stuck, he will have the consolation of embarking on the challenge of equality Joan Zarco who is the only rider to have started Moto2 twice in a row. Otherwise, and for others, it will seem remorse to have been in the wrong place at the wrong time, because the next generation of Moto3 will continue its rise …

Since the creation of Moto2, more than 30 the riders have risen to the queen category, of which only 50% still participate in the motorcycle world championship. Among them are names like Marc Márquez, Pol Espargaró, Maverick Viñales, Jack Miller, Alex Rins, Pecco Bagnaia, Joan Mir, Fabio Quartararo, Joan Zarco or Enea Bastianini, who have since justified their rise by their results.

By the way, teams don’t just look at riders who finish in the best Moto2 positions to recruit. The most successful case is that of Fabio Quartararo, who, without winning in Moto3 and after finishing in 10th place in Moto2 with a victory, moved on to MotoGP with the Petronas team. He then joined the official team Yamaha to become world champion in 2021. Joan Mir he had the same trajectory finishing sixth in his Moto2 championship before making his MotoGP debut a year later. In 2020 he won the title, but it was his second for the Mallorcan, already crowned in Moto3.

There were years when only one MotoGP rookie competed for the Ninety of the Year title. But in 2023, officials may have to save that trophy. As a reminder, five newcomers have risen to the top category this year: Remy Gardner, Raúl Fernández, Marco Bezzecchi, Fabio Di Giannantonio and Darryn Binder, who comes directly from Moto3. For the record, here is the list written by the story.

Moto2 MotoGP Beginners:

2011: Toni Elias, Karel Abraham
2012: Stefan Bradl, Michele Pirro
2013: Marc Márquez, Bradley Smith
2014: Pol Espargaro, Scott Redding, Andrea Iannone
2015: Maverick Viñales, Jack Miller
2016: Tito Rabat
2017: Jonas Folger, Johann Zarco, Alex Rins
2018: Franco Morbidelli, Tom Lüthi, Takaaki Nakagami and Hafizh Syahrin
2019: Pecco Bagnaia, Miguel Oliveira, Mir, Quartararo
2020: Alex Márquez, Brad Binder, Iker Lecuona
2021: Enea Bastianini, Luca Marini
2022:Rémy Gardner, Raul Fernandez, Marco Bezzecchi, Fabio Di Gianntonio and Darryn Binder.

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