Next season will mark the sixth time in the last seven years that the intermediate class World Champion will climb immediately to MotoGP, as Pol Espargaro of Spain clinched his first Moto2 world title by winning the Grand Prix of Japan.
Espargaro will make his full-time MotoGP debut next season for Monster Yamaha Tech 3 as a teammate to 2013 rookie and former Moto2 rival Bradley Smith. Espargaro will join his older brother, Aleix, in the premier class.
Six of the last seven Moto2 or 250cc World Champions have climbed to the premier class the season after their title since Jorge Lorenzo won his second 250cc title in 2007 and was promoted to the Yamaha Factory Racing team in MotoGP in 2008. Other riders who were promoted to MotoGP straight from intermediate titles included Hiroshi Aoyama (2009 250cc World Champion), Toni Elias (2010 Moto2 World Champion), Stefan Bradl (2011) and Marc Marquez (2012).
Only the late great Marco Simoncelli stayed in the intermediate class for another season after winning the 250cc world title in 2008, climbing to MotoGP in 2010.