Lukasz Wargala will become the first Polish rider to compete in the grand prix world championship for nearly 40 years after being named as the replacement for Fonsi Nieto at G22 Racing.

Wargala has spent two seasons racing in the German-based IDM Superbike series, but will now assume the position vacated by Nieto, who last week announced his retirement from motorcycle racing due to a series of ongoing injuries.

In joining the Moto2 ranks - alongside Raffaele De Rosa -, Wargala will become the first Pole to compete in grand prix racing since Ryszard Mankiewicz, who also scored a podium at the 1969 125cc Yugoslavian Grand Prix. Notably, team owner Angel Nieto would go on to race Mankiewicz into the early 1970s.

Having had his first taste of Moriwaki machinery at the Valencia three-day test, Wargala is looking forward to getting the season started now.

"I am very happy to be the first Polish rider in the Grand Prix World Championship in almost 40 years," Wargala said. "It is a great honour - and while I will do my best to make the Polish fans proud, it is also a great challenge and I am under no illusion of the task ahead.

"Moto2 and MotoGP are the highest levels of motorcycle racing and to do well, you must know the circuits and have a very good understanding of the bike. That is why I want to focus on learning during this season and I believe it won't be my last. Luckily with Pablo, Gelete and the whole G22 Racing Team I have a fantastic crew around me as well as a winning bike."

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