MotoGP has just announced that six new teams will be inducted into the premier motorcycle racing series come the 2012 season. Recieving more bids than there was room for, Dorna’s list of new entries is entirely comprised of teams who currently campaign in the Moto2 or 125 GP Championships, which is less surprising than it seems since these teams already have the resources and logistics to do the globetrotting that MotoGP requires, not to mention the economies of scale.
Also, the participation of these teams in the lower classes serves as a vetting process to ensure that only quality race efforts enter MotoGP. Conversely, it’s in the best interest of Dorna to create a ladder program within the three Championships, so participating teams can groom young talent all the way from Moto3, through Moto2, and into the premier class. Find the list of the six new
Moto1 MotoGP teams after the jump.
- BY QUEROSENO RACING
- FORWARD RACING
- KIEFER RACING
- MARC VDS RACING TEAM
- PADDOCK GP RACING
- SPEED MASTER
Each time is set to field only one rider, and all the currently participating MotoGP teams are automatically granted a spot on the 2012 grid. How many bike each of the current teams will field remains to be seen though, as Pramac Ducati is rumored to be dropping to a single bike (many suspect this is Loris Capirossi’s last season), while Team Aspar may add a second Ducati to its ranks. It’ll be interesting to see which of these teams will run claiming-rule team bikes. More on that as we get it.