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PREVIEW: What to expect from Moto2 and Moto3 in the 2014 season

The 'little rocket' Takaaki Nakagami is a favourite for the Moto2 title
The 'little rocket' Takaaki Nakagami is a favourite for the Moto2 title
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Wednesday, 19, Mar 2014 03:43

by Daniel Cartwright and David Weston

With the Moto2 and Moto3 season opener at Qatar on the horizon, MotorbikeTimes has been weighing up the chances of the key riders.

Who will triumph in Moto2?

The three main contenders for Moto2 are Thomas Luthi, Esteve Rabat and Takaaki Nakagami.

Luthi looked like he was contending for championships about three years ago in Moto2: very fast, very precise, a very good rider coming through.

He had a big accident a couple of years ago and it's taken him a while to get his form and confidence back.

It'd be good to see him do well. If he hadn't had that off at that time, he'd be riding a competitive MotoGP bike right now.

Rabat is a very good rider. He has the ability to turn it up and down during a race. We saw him last year closing huge gaps with worn tyres towards the end of the race.

He's happy to sit in second or third position where you can be confident he is going to fight to be the winner of that race, even if he's five seconds down the track.

Takaaki Nakagami is just a little rocket ship. He's brilliant to watch. He absolutely flew last year. He should have been nowhere but started qualifying really competitively.

If he can tame his natural talent for going fast, destroying tyres and falling off, he should be a winner and it'd be really good to see a Japanese champion.

The sport used to have a very large Japanese contingent, and obviously, the main manufacturers are Japanese. It'd be amazing to see and great for the sport if a Japanese rider won a title this year.

And what about Moto3

Unlike Moto2 where it's a single engine manufacturer, Moto3 has two; KTM and Honda.

KTM for the last two years, since its inception, has trounced Honda. The KTM costs three times as much, but they make the best bike.

Honda has gone back to the drawing board this year. The top team, Estrella Galicia, has been bought by Honda to ride the new super-fast Honda, which in pre-season testing has got better but still isn't a KTM.

If they were all on competitive bikes then Alex Rins or Alex Marquez (Marc's brother) would be clear favourites, but because they're on a Honda, you've got to look at a Red Bull team or the top KTM riders.

It'd be great to see Jack Miller win because of the scandal where he lost all his points, which was a little bit unfair. He's always been a consistent rider without the bike underneath him.

But then again there's always Danny Kent, who finished fourth in 2012. This is his time to shine. To get back into Moto2, you'd expect Danny Kent will need a top 3 if not a top 1 position.

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