The FIM released an updated entry list for the three Grand Prix classes yesterday. Though the list was not much changed from the previous version published in November, there were one or two notable changes.
In the MotoGP class, Leon Camier was listed as the second rider at the IODA Racing team; in Moto2, Franco Morbidelli and Roman Ramos filled the last two vacant slots at Italtrans and QMMF respectively; and in Moto3, the winter signings of Ana Carrasco, Isaac Viñales, Scott Deroue and Enea Bastianini were added to the list.
The biggest news the list contains is the inclusion of Camier in the MotoGP line up. The Englishman has been linked with the IODA ride since November last year, when it became clear that Alex Lowes and Eugene Laverty would be filling the Voltcom Suzuki slots in World Superbikes.
Though the IODA Racing team has yet to confirm the signing, Camier spoke to British publication MCN confirming the deal today. The good news for Camier is that the team is now listed as running ART machines, suggesting that IODA has gained support from Aprilia for their project.
This support appears to have come at the expense of the PBM team of Michael Laverty and Broc Parkes, who are now listed as racing PBM machinery, rather than the PBM/ART which the original list showed.
The changes to the Moto2 entry list were also broadly expected. Franco Morbidelli has been linked with a Moto2 ride for a while, and with Julian Simon already signed up for one of the Italtrans riders, it was probable that the Italian team would be looking for an Italian rider.
After a couple of strong years in the European Superstock 600 Cup, a championship he won last year, Morbidelli was being hotly tipped for a ride to Moto2. The inclusion of Roman Ramos at QMMF is similarly unsurprising. After winning the Spanish CEV Moto2 championship, moving up to the world championship is a natural step.
The changes to the Moto3 line up are largely cosmetic, other than confirming the signings announced over the winter. The biggest changes seem to be in the numbers riders will be using, with Scott Deroue, Francesco Bagnaia, Enea Bastianini, Hafiq Azmi and Bryan Schouten all changing their numbers.
The entry lists are testament to a strong field. Twenty-four riders will contest the 2014 MotoGP championship, thirty-five riders wll line up at the start of the Moto2 season, and thirty-three riders are entered for Moto3. Testing resumes in just over two weeks’ time, when the MotoGP riders take to the track at Sepang.
The latest provisional 2014 MotoGP™ entry list is as follows:
- 4 ANDREA DOVIZIOSO – ITALY – DUCATI TEAM – DUCATI *
- 5 COLIN EDWARDS – USA – NGM MOBILE FORWARD RACING – FTR YAMAHA
- 6 STEFAN BRADL – GERMANY – LCR HONDA MotoGP – HONDA *
- 7 HIROSHI AOYAMA – JAPAN – POWER ELECTRONICS ASPAR – HONDA
- 8 HÉCTOR BARBERÁ – SPAIN – AVINTIA BLUSENS – FTR
- 9 DANILO PETRUCCI – ITALY – IODARACING PROJECT – ART
- 12 LEON CAMIER – GREAT BRITAIN – IODARACING PROJECT – ART
- 17 KAREL ABRAHAM – CZECH REPUBLIC – CARDION AB MOTORACING – HONDA
- 19 ÁLVARO BAUTISTA – SPAIN – GO&FUN HONDA GRESINI – HONDA *
- 23 BROC PARKES – AUSTRALIA – PAUL BIRD MOTORSPORT – PBM
- 26 DANI PEDROSA – SPAIN – REPSOL HONDA TEAM – HONDA *
- 29 ANDREA IANNONE – ITALY – PRAMAC RACING – DUCATI *
- 35 CAL CRUTCHLOW – GREAT BRITAIN – DUCATI TEAM – DUCATI *
- 38 BRADLEY SMITH – GREAT BRITAIN – MONSTER YAMAHA TECH 3 – YAMAHA *
- 41 ALEIX ESPARGARO – SPAIN – NGM MOBILE FORWARD RACING – FTR YAMAHA
- 44 POL ESPARGARO – SPAIN – MONSTER YAMAHA TECH 3 – YAMAHA *
- 45 SCOTT REDDING – GREAT BRITAIN – GO&FUN HONDA GRESINI – HONDA
- 46 VALENTINO ROSSI – ITALY – YAMAHA FACTORY RACING – YAMAHA *
- 63 MIKE DI MEGLIO – FRANCE – AVINTIA BLUSENS – FTR
- 68 YONNY HERNANDEZ – COLOMBIA – PRAMAC RACING – DUCATI
- 69 NICKY HAYDEN – USA – POWER ELECTRONICS ASPAR – HONDA
- 70 MICHAEL LAVERTY – GREAT BRITAIN – PAUL BIRD MOTORSPORT – PBM
- 93 MARC MÁRQUEZ – SPAIN – REPSOL HONDA TEAM – HONDA *
- 99 JORGE LORENZO – SPAIN – YAMAHA FACTORY RACING – YAMAHA *
* = Factory Option
Source: FIM; Photo: © 2013 Scott Jones / Scott Jones Photography – All Rights Reserved
This article was originally published on MotoMatters, and is republished here on Asphalt & Rubber with permission by the author.