Donetsk-born (Rostov region) Leonov has taken part in races across a variety of classes since his maiden competition at the age of 12. Competing in 125cc and 250cc Motocross, Superstock and Supersport series honed his skills and convinced Stefan Kiefer to sign him up for a big chance to shine as a category newcomer in 2009, riding for the Viessmann Kiefer Racing team in their return to the quarter-litre class, onboard an Aprilia LE.
Leonov’s single point in Japan that year was the first gained by a Russian in the 250cc class in the history of the World Championship. The young rider went on to amass nine points in total to finish 24th in his debut season.
This year Leonov races with Vector Kiefer Racing as he moves up to the Moto2 class, riding a Suter machine.
Vladimir Leonov #21 - Vector Kiefer Racing
Born: April 26, 1987
Vladimir Leonov 2010 Moto2 Results
Vector Kiefer Racing
Announced as a new 4-stroke MotoGP World Championship class, Moto2 will replace the 250cc category from 2010. This new category is intended to be a prestigious yet cost-effective accompaniment to the premier class of MotoGP. Some of the key characteristics of this new category of Grand Prix racing will be the single engine supplier and a single tyre supplier. Honda Racing Corporation was chosen as the engine supplier, while Dunlop, currently present in the 125cc World Championships are to provide the tyres.
Moto2 technical specifications - in a nutshell
Powered by a one-make 600cc 4-stroke engine, producing around 150hp, the Moto2 class will continue the 250cc series' pursuit of developmental excellence with the running of a prototype chassis -free from limitation.
No production bike parts will be permitted for the frame, swing arm, fuel tank, seat or cowling, meaning that these aspects of the machine will be left to the manufacturer and designers' discretion.
Electronic systems will be more limited than those previously permitted in 250cc, which had seen select factories bringing in traction control in recent years. Moto2 rules will allow for data loggers, ECU and timing transponders supplied by the organiser, with a maximum total cost of the ECU's components set at 650 euros. No other electronic control, nor datalogging systems, will be present on the bikes.
Experience the excitement of the Premier Season of Moto2 Racing as Vladimir Leonov rides to capture the inaugural Moto2 Championship crown.