Moto2: Moto2 attracts big entry for debut
The inaugural Moto2 championship will see a full field of 39 bikes, with another two entries waiting in the wings as reserves
The new series, in which chassis choice is free but all competitors run identical Honda engines, was over-subscribed when entries were first opened last year, and has remained at capacity despite Aprilia's last-minute decision to pull the plug on its chassis project.
Moto2's predecessor 250cc averaged 25 entries in its final season.
The entry is led by former MotoGP riders Toni Elias, Alex de Angelis, Gabor Talmacsi, Yuki Takahashi and Niccolo Canepa, with ex-Kawasaki MotoGP racer Anthony West among the reserves having joined the MZ team.
Roby Rolfo and Fonsi Nieto - two more riders with MotoGP experience - join Moto2 from the Superbike World Championship.
All of last year's 250cc title contenders have moved into MotoGP rather than contesting Moto2, with Mattia Pasini, Raffaele de Rosa, Thomas Luthi, Mike di Meglio and Alex Debon the main ex-250cc men in the Moto2 field. 125cc graduates also feature strongly, led by reigning champion - and former 250cc racer - Julian Simon.
Actor Antonio Banderas is also a Moto2 supporter and is backing Spanish squad Promoracing. The team, which has title sponsorship from Jack&Jones, will run American Kenny Noyes and 125cc graduate Joan Olive.
2010 Moto2 entry list No. Rider Team Chassis 2 Gabor Talmacsi Speed Up Aprilia Speed Up 4 Stefan Bradl Viessmann Kiefer Racing Suter 5 Joan Olive Jack&Jones By A.Banderas Promoharris 6 Alex Debon Red Bull Ajo Motorsport FTR 7 Axel Pons Pons Racing Pons Kalex 9 Kenny Noyes Jack&Jones By A.Banderas Promoharris 10 Fonsi Nieto G22 Holidaygym Moriwaki 12 Thomas Luthi Interwetten Moriwaki Racing Moriwaki 14 Ratthapark Wilairot Honda-Sag Suter 15 Alex de Angelis Scot Racing Team Scot 16 Jules Cluzel Forward Racing Suter 17 Karel Abraham Cardion Ab Motoracing RSV 24 Toni Elias Gresini Racing Moto2 Moriwaki 25 Alex Baldolini Caretta Technology Race Dept I.C.P. 29 Andrea Iannone Speed Up Aprilia Speed Up 35 Raffaele de Rosa Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 37 Fabricio Perren Kino Racing Kino 39 Robertino Pietri Italtrans S.T.R. Suter 40 Sergio Gadea Pons Racing Pons Kalex 41 Arne Tode Racing Team Germany Suter 44 Roberto Rolfo Italtrans S.T.R. Suter 45 Scott Redding Marc VDS Racing Team Suter 48 Shoya Tomizawa Technomag-Cip Suter 52 Lukas Pesek Matteoni C.P. Racing Moriwaki 53 Valentin Debise WTR San Marino Team ADV 55 Hector Faubel Honda-Sag Suter 56 Vladimir Leonov Vector Kiefer Racing Suter 59 Nicola Canepa Scot Racing Team Scot 60 Julian Simon Mapfre Aspar Team RSV 61 Vladimir Ivanov Gresini Racing Moto2 Moriwaki 63 Mike di Meglio Mapfre Aspar Team RSV 71 Claudio Corti Forward Racing Suter 72 Yuki Takahashi Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 75 Mattia Pasini JiR Moto2 TSR 76 Bernat Martinez Blusens BQR BQR-Moto2 77 Dominique Aegerter Technomag-Cip Suter 88 Yannick Guerra G22 Holidaygym Moriwaki 95 Mashel Al Naimi Blusens BQR BQR-Moto2 TBA tba JiR Moto2 TSR Reserves 27 Vincent Lonbois Marc VDS Racing Team Suter TBA Anthony West MZ Racing Team MZ
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