After five difficult seasons in Moto 2, Mike Di Meglio will seize a great opportunity to shine in Moto GP in 2014.
There will be a French in the premier class in 2014. If Randy de Puniet has decided to join the Suzuki team to prepare the return of the Japanese brand in MotoGP next season, Mike di Meglio will, him, although part of adventure. The Habs among the provisional list of 24 drivers entered for the next championship. Great news for the French motorcycle although Toulouse will not be an easy task with Avintia Blusens team.
Di Meglio will team up with Spanish Hector Barbera (16th championship 2013) riding a motorcycle category “Open” (formerly CRT) with a Kawasaki engine and an FTR chassis. Not fully recovered from his fractured sacrum (the pelvis) occurred during the Grand Prix of Czech Republic after a heavy fall coupled with a collision with Alberto Moncayo, the French managed to convince the leaders during the recent post-season tests held in Valencia. A coup for Di Meglio had fallen a little anonymous. Absent since August because of his injury, he had taken the 21 th place in the championship, with only feat of arms 7 th position in the Grand Prix of France.
Riding a motorcycle category “Open”
In 2014, Mike di Meglio will not be able to compete with high-performance factory bikes (grouped in a subcategory called “Factory”). He will fight in the “Open” class with a less expensive, less swift machine, but which benefit from several nudges the technical regulation: use of 12 engines instead of 5, 24 liters of fuel per race instead of 20 and softer tires. These developments will partly fill the performance gap between the two categories.
By calling in the premier class after thinking a departure Supersport and Superbike world champion 125cc (2008) attempt to resurrect his career after a painful experience at the intermediate level (250cc and Moto 2 since 2009). 8th championship in 2009, then it is never returned to the Top 20 in the final standings of the season. At 25, this opportunity did not refuse even if his team is doomed to play second fiddle.