Former MotoGP rider Sam Lowes has emerged as a prime contender for a ride at the front-running Marc VDS Moto2 team in 2020.
The British rider, a mainstay of the grand prix racing paddock since the 2014 season and a winner of three Moto2 races in that time, confirmed he is set to leave Gresini Racing at the end of the year last weekend at Brno.
Lowes rejoined Gresini this year but has been unable to recreate the success he enjoyed with the Italian team in 2016 before his ill-fated graduation to MotoGP with Aprilia.
Having failed to better the sixth-place finish he scored in the Qatar opener, he currently sits 14th in the standings.
On Friday it was announced that Jesko Raffin will race for the RW Racing squad, marking a full-time return to Moto2 for the Swiss rider after two seasons away.
Raffin lost his place in the intermediate class after the 2017 season despite having a valid contract with CGBM Evolution (now American Racing), as teams' association IRTA rejected the Swiss outfit's application for a third grid slot, citing Raffin's lack of results.
He returned to the CEV Moto2 series in 2018, becoming champion for a second time, and this year joined the nascent MotoE category with Intact GP. He also replaced the injured Steven Odendaal for the first three races of the year in Moto2 at RW.
“My goal was to return to Moto2," said Raffin. “The collaboration with NTS RW Racing GP at the start of this season was so good that I had no doubt when 2020 came up.
"I know the team, the people and the machine and I am very happy with the trust, that is completely mutual. I am convinced that together we can do a good job.”