Moto2: Half-season highlights

Redbull.com reviews some of the main pointers from the opening half of the 2013 Moto2 campaign...

Sandro Cortese 2013 Moto2 German Grand Prix
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In much the same vein as Moto3, the Moto2 class has been chucking out some spectacular racing and a fair share of excitement along the way in the eight fantastic rounds the 2013 season has given us so far.

Now that we're right in the middle of the summer break, what better time for redbull.com to review the first half of the campaign and pick out some of what's made the season a stormer to date?

Moto2 really is the breeding ground for top MotoGP talent
It was designed to be so, and it may seem like an obvious enough statement, but it's worth noting just how formative the category is proving to be.

One look at how Marc Márquez has been performing in MotoGP this year will elicit responses that the Spaniard's natural ability and talent account for his fearless progress, but his experience in Moto2 has contributed in no small part. The Repsol Honda MotoGP rookie has said as much too.

The quality of the top riders in the category this season look to be carving a pathway to the top too.

Scott Redding leads the Championship and is being strongly linked with a ride in MotoGP with the Gresini team, having also been courted by Ducati, while his rival for the Moto2 title Pol Espargaró has reportedly already been signed up by Yamaha for 2014.

There's little doubt that the way in which riders are cutting their teeth in Moto2 is offering them the perfect preparation for the big time.

It's an open book
There's been proof this season that Moto2 offers up diversity in terms of results, but also the chance for a talented rider to taste victory on a day when it all comes together.

In MotoGP there is no room for error, and the top riders' near flawless expertise means that the band of winners is tight. In Moto2 it seems that there is more of an opportunity to make a mark.

So far in 2013 there have been five winners from eight races, while 12 different riders have stood on the podium. That's more than in both MotoGP and Moto3.

It gives us some of the best action
All three classes offer up superb on-track action, but Moto2 never fails to deliver as the highlights from the last round at the Sachsenring show...