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Jul 26, 2017

American Joe Roberts Promoted To AGR Moto2 World Championship Team

Joe Roberts (27). Photo courtesy of FIM CEV Repsol Press Office.


The young rider from Southern California will replace former MotoGP rider, Yonny Hernández

The Moto2 Argiñano & Ginés Racing Team has news for the second half of the World Championship season. The Team Management decided to replace Colombian Yonny Hernández as the official rider in Moto2 with one of our FIM/CEV Repsol riders, American, Joe Roberts.

Joe, was born in Los Angeles in 1997 and just turned twenty, he made his debut a few months back with the AGR Team in the European CEV Moto2 Championship and quickly came to grips with the Kalex chassis and Euro Moto2 class. A former MotoAmerica 600 Superstock Champion, he has achieved two podiums in the past four rounds of FIM/CEV Moto2, and only illness at one of the rounds prevented him from getting even better results (he is currently 5th overall in the CEV Championship)

In a MotoGP World Championship with no American riders, Joe Roberts arrives to change that situation and move one step closer to his dreams.

Roberts will have the five (5) European rounds of the world championship to learn new circuits and to race and pace with the best riders in the world. It will not be an easy second half of the year for Joe, as he will combine and race in both Championships. No one, team or rider, has any illusions about how difficult a test this will be, the mutual goal is to simply learn and progress.

The AGR team thanks Yonny Hernández for all his efforts during his return to Moto2. His professionalism will be remembered.

Joe Roberts: “I was surprised to get this opportunity so soon. It’s been my dream, ever since I was a little kid to race in the World Championship and I was hoping for next year to get an opportunity, so for me to get it this year is amazing. My expectations are basically to keep learning as much as possible and hopefully make some big steps riding with these phenomenal riders, some of the best riders in the world. If I can come in and learn some more and keep improving, that would be excellent. From the start of this year till now I’ve learnt so much about this bike and the team seems quite happy with the way I’m progressing. The best thing is to keep that going and we’ll see what happens. Thank you to everyone in the team for giving me this amazing opportunity. It’s a dream come true.”

Iker Burutxaga, Team Manager:
“We’re very happy to have Joe Roberts with us for this second half of the World Championship. After his performances in the first few races of the FIM/CEV Repsol, we considered that he was knocking on the Championship’s door. We think he’s a rider that has a high enough level to be among the best and that the earlier he takes that step, will be better for all. We are looking forward to seeing him compete with the best riders in the class. He will obviously need an adaptation period, and he’ll need to work very hard at the beginning, but we trust his talent and we believe he’ll be able to give us some good results. Of course, we want to thank Yonny Hernández for the job he has done during the first half of the year and we wish him the best of luck in his future projects.”