Moto 2 is another category of Grand Prix racing accompanying the premier class of Road Racing Championship, MotoGP. The Moto2 series was born in 2010 where the two-stroke 250cc engine class was replaced with a 600cc four-stroke prototype engine. This was done in order to create a competitive World Championship that would offer electrifying rounds for the diehard fans and also to create a valid stepping stone to MotoGP for the participating riders.

The Moto 2 category taps the freshest talent accepting riders who are as young as 16 years old. It is also regulated by the FIM and consists of an 18-event calendar on some of the most prestigious circuits in the world including the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Losail international circuit, Le Mans Bugatti and Silverstone Circuit among others, covering 14 countries.

Like the Moto GP, the Moto2 class also uses purpose built bikes with a single engine supplier – Honda Racing Corporation, and a single tyre supplier – Dunlop. Each rider is allocated a sealed engine from a pool of identical Honda units. Only the fuel and oil provided by the official fuel supplier can be used. Each rider has exactly the same choice of tyres from a total of 16 slick tyres per race weekend.

This year though, the era of Honda’s monopoly in Moto2 engine supply could be drawing to an end after the FIM announced that they were putting engine supply for Moto2 out to tender, asking for proposals from potential engine suppliers. This decision was prompted as a result of Honda’s CBR600 power plant (which has powered the Moto2 bikes since the inception of the class), reaches the end of its service life. Honda cannot guarantee the supply of spares for the engines beyond the current contract, which ends after the 2018 season, prompting the search for a replacement.