After having played a leading role (although not always a winning one) in five of the last six championships in the middle class, this year Italy risks reeling in the 2022 Moto2 World Championship . With the move to MotoGP of Marco Bezzecchi and Fabio Di Giannantonio, the conditions are not the best even if there are some interesting riders ready to explode.
The two most relevant names in this sense are those of Celestino Vietti and Tony Arbolino , both returning from a discreet debut season in Moto2, in which they nevertheless placed at least a couple of high points that bode well for the 2022 World Championship.
Vietti has become the top man of the Mooney VR46 Racing Team and has important qualities to be able to collect the legacy of his former teammate Bezzecchi, but he will have to make a big step forward even compared to the winter tests to try to fight stably in the very first few positions every Sunday.
A new challenge instead for Arbolino, who landed at Team Marc VDS as the new companion of the British quoted Sam Lowes to try to substantially approach the performances of the first of the class over an entire championship.
Great opportunity in Moto2 after many years in Moto3 for Niccolò Antonelli , who joined Team VR46 this winter with the aim of showing off his talent in a context that rewards pure lap speed more than the lightest class of the World Championship. Also to be monitored is Romano Fenati’s performance with the Speed Up four years after his first (disastrous) experience in the intermediate category.
Credit: MotoGP.com Press