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Raffin denied 2018 Moto2 entry for "lack of results"

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Raffin denied 2018 Moto2 entry for "lack of results"
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Co-author: Toni Börner
Nov 3, 2017, 10:53 AM

Moto2 regular Jesko Raffin has been denied a slot on the 2018 grid of the championship due to a "lack of consistent good results", Motorsport.com has learned.

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Thomas Luthi, CarXpert Interwetten

Swiss rider Raffin, 21, is in his third full Moto2 season, riding for the CGBM Evolution squad under the 'Garage Plus Interwetten' banner.

The former CEV Moto2 champion lies 19th in the points ahead of next weekend's Valencia finale, having recently taken a career-best finish of fourth place at Phillip Island.

However, despite Raffin having a valid contract with CGBM for the 2018 season, the team's application for a grid slot has been rejected by the IRTA (International Road Racing Teams' Association) selection committee.

When contacted by Motorsport.com, an IRTA spokesperson said: "The decision was based on his lack of consistent good results during his several years in the championship."

A request for comment from the team has yet to be returned.

Raffin's likely absence from the 2018 Moto2 grid means CGBM, which had been planning to field three KTM machines next season, only has guaranteed entries for Sam Lowes and Iker Lecuona.

Cardus replaces Luthi for Valencia

Lead CGBM rider Thomas Luthi will be replaced by Ricard Cardus for what would have been the Swiss rider's final Moto2 race in Valencia.

Luthi was forced to skip the previous round at Sepang after fracturing his ankle in a qualifying crash, conceding the title to Franco Morbidelli in the process, and opted to undergo surgery.

As well as missing the final Moto2 race of the season, Luthi will also be forced to skip his maiden MotoGP test outing for the Marc VDS Honda team he races with next year.

CGBM has chosen Cardus, who filled in for an injured Brad Binder at KTM earlier this year, to stand in for Luthi aboard the CarXpert Interwetten bike.

2018 Moto2 line-up so far:

Team

Riders

Marc VDS

 Alex Marquez

 Joan Mir

Ajo KTM

 Miguel Oliveira

 Brad Binder

Sky Racing Team VR46

 Francesco Bagnaia

 Luca Marini

Pons Racing

 Hector Barbera

 Lorenzo Baldassarri

CarXpert Interwetten

Garage Plus Interwetten

 Sam Lowes

 Iker Lecuona

Forward Racing

 Stefano Manzi

 Eric Granado

Marinelli Rivacold Snipers  Romano Fenati
Dynavolt Intact GP

 Xavi Vierge

 Marcel Schrotter

Speed Up

 Danny Kent

 Fabio Quartararo

Tasca Racing

 Simone Corsi

 Federico Fuligni

Gresini Moto2  Jorge Navarro
Tech 3

 Bo Bendsneyder

 Remy Gardner

Kiefer Racing  Dominique Aegerter
RW Racing

 Joe Roberts

 Steven Odendaal

Petronas Sprinta Racing

 Hafiz Syahrin

SAG

 Isaac Vinales

 Jules Danilo

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Series Moto2
Drivers Jesko Raffin , Ricard Cardus
Teams Technomag Racing Interwetten
Author Jamie Klein