The organizers of the Barcelona Superprestigio indoor flat track event, to be held in Barcelona on 16th December, published the provisional entry lists on Thursday. The entries contain more than their fair share of talent, with eight world champions in different disciplines lining up on the grid.
Arguably the biggest name from the road racing scene is double Moto2 world champion, MotoGP Rookie of the Year, and best independent team rider Johann Zarco. The Frenchman is due to line up on the grid representing Yamaha.
His compatriot World Supersport champion Lucas Mahias will also be racing in the Superprestigio, as well as former Moto2 world champion and reigning MotoAmerica champion Toni Elias.
The current Moto2 and Moto3 grid will also be well represented, with Fabio Quartararo, Remy Gardner, Fabio Di Giannantonio, Albert Arenas, and Xavi Vierge racing in Barcelona. Former World Superbike star Ruben Xaus will also be taking part.
The Open class entries will be less familiar to Asphalt & Rubber readers, but feature top flight talent nonetheless. JD Beach and Briar Bauman are representing the American Flat Track series, while multiple Supermoto champion Thomas Chareyre leads non-flat track charge.
The field is full of the big names from Europe’s burgeoning flat track scene, including FIM champion Francesco Cecchini, British dirt track racers Ollie Brindley and Toby Hales, and a host of names from the popular Spanish Copa Rodi flat track series.
Two national flat track champions will also be taking part: Italian champion Lorenzo Gabellini and French champion Wilfried Delestre.
The Barcelona Superprestigio is to be held at the Palau San Jordi, in the former Olympic Park on the top of Montjuic, just south of the city, on 16th December.
The racing starts at 6:30pm, with the Super Final to be held shortly after 9pm. Tickets and more information are available from the Barcelona DTX website.
The entry lists appear below:
|No.||Name||Country||Bike||Race Series / Racing C.V.|
|2||Jesko Raffin||SUI||Suzuki||2017 FIM Moto2 World Championship, 26th|
|5||Johann Zarco||FRA||Yamaha||2-time FIM Moto 2 World Champion (2015, 2016)|
|11||Vincent Philippe||FRA||Suzuki||10-time Endurance World Champion (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016)|
|15||Dani Ribalta||ESP||Honda||2006 Le Mans 24 Hours winner|
|16||Gregg Black||GBR||Suzuki||2014 FIM Endurance Stock World Champion|
|20||Fabio Quartararo||FRA||Suzuki||2017 FIM Moto2 World Championship, 8th|
|21||Fabio Di Giannantonio||ITA||ZAE||2017 FIM Moto3 World Championship, 5th|
|24||Toni Elias||ESP||Suzuki||2010 FIM Moto2 World Champion & 2017 MotoAmerica Superbike Champion|
|31||Carmelo Morales||ESP||Yamaha||2-time FIM CEV Superbike European Champion (2015, 2016)|
|34||Xavier Pinsach||ESP||Honda||2017 FIM Superstock 1000, 30th|
|42||Marcos Ramirez||ESP||Honda||2017 FIM Moto3 World Championship, 8th|
|52||Alessandro Delbianco||ITA||Honda||2017 CIV Moto 3, 3rd|
|75||Albert Arenas||ESP||KTM||2017 FIM Moto3 World Championship, 26th|
|87||Remy Gardner||AUS||Yamaha||2017 FIM Moto2 World Championship, 21st|
|94||David Checa||ESP||Yamaha||3-time Endurance World Champion (2004, 2014, 2017)|
|97||Xavi Vierge||ESP||Honda||2017 FIM Moto2 World Championship, 11th|
|111||Ruben Xaus||AND||TM||2003 FIM World Superbike Runner-Up|
|144||Lucas Mahias||FRA||Yamaha||2017 FIM Supersport World Champion & 2016 FIM Endurance World Champion|
|1||Ferran Cardus||ESP||Suzuki||2017 Copa Rodi Dirt Track Champion|
|4||Thomas Chareyre||FRA||TM||6-time FIM Supermoto S1 World Champion (2010, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)|
|10||Francesco Cecchini||ITA||ZAE||3-time FIM Flat Track Cup winner (2015, 2016, 2017)|
|13||Jaume Gaya||ESP||KTM||2017 Copa Rodi Dirt Track, 8th|
|14||Briar Bauman||USA||Kawasaki||2017 American Flat Track, 6th|
|17||Gerard Bailo||ESP||Suzuki||2017 Copa Rodi Dirt Track Runner-Up|
|18||Franc Serra||ESP||Honda||2017 Copa Rodi Dirt Track, 3rd|
|33||Sergi Sanchez||ESP||Honda||2017 Copa Rodi Dirt Track, 6th|
|36||Lorenzo Gabellini||ITA||Yamaha||2017 Italian Flat Track Champion|
|45||Matias Lorenzato||ARG||Suzuki||2017 South American Supermoto Champion|
|55||Wilfried Delestre||FRA||Suzuki||2017 French Flat Track Champion|
|58||Maikel Dijkstra||NED||TM||2017 FIM Flat Track Cup, 5th|
|64||Sylvain Bidart||FRA||Honda||4-time FIM Supermoto of Nations World Champion (2011, 2014, 2015, 2016)|
|70||Masatoshi Ohmori||JAP||Suzuki||2015 Superprestigio Dirt Track superfinalist and drift contest winner|
|74||Adrian Garin||ESP||Honda||2017 Copa Rodi Dirt Track, 4th|
|95||Jd Beach||USA||Yamaha||2017 MotoAmerica Supersport Runner-Up|
|98||Richard Mason||GBR||Honda||2017 British DTRA Dirt Track Championship, 4th|
|99||Marc Capdevila||ESP||KTM||2017 Copa Rodi Dirt Track, 9th|
|120||Toby Hales||GBR||HQV||2017 British DTRA Dirt Track Championship, 3th|
|124||Oliver Brindley||GBR||Kawasaki||2017 American Flat Track Singles Championship, 9th|
|179||Guillermo Cano||ESP||Suzuki||2017 Copa Rodi Dirt Track, 7th|
|213||Jaume Gaya Jr.||ESP||KTM||2017 Copa Rodi Dirt Track, 5th|
Source: DTX Barcelona; Photo: © 2014 Scott Jones / Photo.GP – All Rights Reserved
This article was originally published on MotoMatters, and is republished here on Asphalt & Rubber with permission by the author.