Road To MotoGP™: Jespersen To Debut As A Rookie


Repsol Honda (Factory Option)


Repsol Honda had secured a deal with two-time World Champion Marc Marquez by mid-May 2014, ensuring the young Spaniard remains on the team through at least 2016. He’s achieved record-breaking success on the RC213V during the two years he’s been in the MotoGP class and will be chasing a third-consecutive title in 2015. Two months after Marquez’s deal, Dani Pedrosa announced that he too had signed a two-year deal with the team. Pedrosa has been with Honda since debuting in the World Championship in 2001 and has been with Repsol Honda since moving to MotoGP in 2006.

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (Factory Option)

Prior to the start of the 2014 season, Valentino Rossi indicated that his early results could dictate whether or not he would choose to continue his racing career. Those concerns were largely allayed after his performances in the opening rounds and in early July the Doctor announced that he’d reached a deal with Yamaha to remain in competition through 2016. His teammate, Jorge Lorenzo, continued negotiations regarding his relationship with Yamaha until early August, where it was announced that the Mallorcan would remain on the YZR-M1 for 2015 and 2016.


Ducati Team (Factory Option)

Andrea Dovizioso joined the Ducati MotoGP team for the 2013 season after leaving Tech 3. He renewed for an additional two years during the summer of 2014 and has soldiered through some difficult times as the team worked to make its machine competitive with the factory Yamaha and Honda bikes. With the addition of Luigi Dall’Igna as General Manager of Ducati Corse in 2014, the MotoGP program started to make some big changes resulting in the promise of a brand new machine in 2015, the GP15. Design details are spare, but Dall’Igna revealed in an off-season interview with MotoGP.com that one hallmark feature of the new bike would be a much smaller Desmodromic, 90-degree four-valve engine. Dovi is joined on the Ducati team by Andrea Iannone. The Italian was a strong competitor on the Pramac Racing team last year and then received full factory support during the latter portion of 2014 when Cal Crutchlow announced he would break contract with Ducati to take a ride with CWM LCR Honda in 2015. Iannone finished third overall all three years he competed in the Moto2 world championship and 2015 will mark his first full GP season as a full factory rider.

Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (Factory Option)

Bradley Smith will enter his third year with the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 MotoGP team in 2015. His status with the team was in question for much of last year thanks to a string of lackluster results and plenty of crashes. By mid-August 2014 the team announced it had reached a deal to keep Smith on through 2015. Pol Espargaro remains Smith’s teammate in 2015. Espargaro moved to the premier class after winning the Moto2 World Championship in 2013, signing a two-year deal with the Yamaha team. In 2014 he won Rookie of the Year honors and finished sixth overall in the MotoGP championship.


Team Suzuki MotoGP (Factory Option)

Suzuki returns to the MotoGP grid for the first time since 2011 with its new factory team, headed by riders Aleix Espargaro and Mavrick Vinales. Espargaro contested the 2014 season aboard the NGM Mobile Forward Open class Yamaha and achieved some notable results, grabbing a podium at Aragon in second-place among a handful of top-10 finishes throughout the season. Vinales is the 2013 Moto3 champion and he finished third overall in the 2014 Moto2 championship. The Spaniard will make his MotoGP debut in 2015.

Aprilia Racing Team Gresini (Factory Option)

Aprilia decided to join the MotoGP grid a year sooner than originally planned and has partnered with Gresini Racing to make it happen in 2015. Gresini and Aprilia have a four-year deal in place, and will field riders Marco Melandri and Alvaro Bautista. Melandri has a long history with Aprilia, racing its 250 machine in 2000, 2001 and 2002. He dominated the 2002 season, amassing nine wins and three second-place finishes on his way to the title. An eight year MotoGP career followed and then the Italian moved to World Superbike. He rejoined Aprilia in 2014 in WSBK and battled to fourth-overall before signing on to compete with the new MotoGP effort. Bautista also raced Aprilia machinery in the 250 class from 2007-2009 and was an Aprilia rider for four seasons in the 125 class. He rode for the former Gresini Honda team in MotoGP from 2012 through 2014.

CWM LCR Honda (One Factory Option, One Open Option)

Cal Crutchlow inked a deal with CWM LCR Honda to ride its factory RC213V after cancelling his contract with Ducati a year early in 2014. He’s joined by Jack Miller, runner-up in the 2014 Moto3 championship. Crutchlow joined the MotoGP ranks in 2011 after stints in British Superbike and World Superbike. He rode with Yamaha for three years before moving to Ducati for 2014, a move that proved ill-fated for Crutchlow. The coming season will mark Crutchlow’s first aboard Honda machinery in the premier class. Miller’s move to MotoGP caused a slight stir, some questioning whether his jump from a 250cc Moto3 bike directly to the 1000cc GP machine was a wise move. The Australian rider hopped aboard the Caretta Technology Honda Moto3 bike in 2012 and remained with the team in 2013, finishing the series in seventh overall. The following year Miller switched to a KTM and was in contention for the Moto3 title to the final race, ultimately coming up two points short to finish second in the championship.


Estrella Galicia 0, 0 Marc VDS (Factory Option)

Marc VDS announced its move to the MotoGP class after it was able to secure the factory spec Honda RC213V formerly run by Gresini Racing. Scott Redding will be the sole pilot for the team in 2015, and he has a long history with the VDS squad, piloting one of the team’s Moto2 machines from 2010 through 2013. Last year was Redding’s MotoGP debut season and he finished 12th overall on the Open class Honda.

Pramac Racing (Factory Option)

Yonny Hernandez and Danilo Petrucci will pilot Pramac Racing’s two Ducatis in 2015. Hernandez is a return player for the team, having piloted the Energy T.I. Pramac Ducati all last season. Petrucci is coming from three seasons aboard CRT and Open machinery, riding the Ioda-Suter bike for 2012 and 2013 and an ART in 2014. As a result, he hasn’t yet been a player inside the top-10 during his career in MotoGP but now has a contract in place with Pramac for 2015 and 2016 to try and change that.


Drive M7 Aspar (Open Option)

American Nicky Hayden returns for his 13th MotoGP season in 2015. He started his premier class career aboard Honda machinery and returned to the Honda in 2014 after a five-year run with Ducati. The production Honda that Hayden piloted last year wasn’t all that competitive, however, but improvements have been introduced with the new RC213V-RS to address shortfalls in power and performance. Hayden is joined by Eugene Laverty, who comes most recently from the World Superbike ranks. Laverty spent two years in the 250cc class, but finished outside the top-20 in both 2007 and 2008. The coming season will mark his MotoGP class debut.

Forward Racing (Open Option)

Stefan Bradl enters his fourth year in the MotoGP class in 2015. He had been with LCR Honda for the first three years of his career in the premier class, but announced the end of that relationship in August 2014 when he signed to ride the Forward Yamaha. He’s joined by former World Superbike competitor Loris Baz, who makes his first foray into the World Championship. Last season, the French rider finished fifth overall in WorldSBK while riding for the factory Kawasaki team.

Avintia Racing (Open Option)

Avintia Racing will run two Ducatis in 2015, with riders Hector Barbera and Mike Di Meglio. Barbera has been with the Avintia squad since 2013, and at the end of that season he signed on to ride through 2015. Di Meglio made his MotoGP debut in 2014, but has been in the World Championship since 2003. He raced 125s for five years, winning the series title in 2008 before moving up to the 250 class in 2009. The French rider racked-up nine championship points in his first GP season.

AB Motoracing (Open Option)

Karel Abraham returns aboard the Open option Honda for 2015 with AB Motoracing. Abraham has been in the premier class since 2011, with his best overall results (14th) coming in his first and second years in the series.

Octo IodaRacing Team (Open Option)

Alex De Angeles finished off the second half of the 2014 season with Forward Racing after Colin Edwards took to retirement. He signed a deal with Octo for the 2015 season in October of last year. De Angelis has made appearances in the premier class numerous times, starting in 2008 when he rode for the San Carlo Honda Gresini team. He remained with the squad the following year and finished the season eighth overall. That would be his final full season in GP to-date, though he raced select rounds in 2010, 2013 and 2014.

2015 MotoGP Provisional Entry List

Estrella Galicia 0, 0 Marc VDS

Scott Redding

Pramac Racing

Danilo Petrucci

Yonny Hernandez

Drive M7 Aspar

Nicky Hayden

Eugene Laverty

Forward Racing

Stefan Bradl

Loris Baz

Avintia Racing

Hector Barbera

Mike Di Meglio

AB Motoracing

Karel Abraham

Octo IodaRacing Team

Alex De Angelis

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Source : http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/2015/02/article/2015-motogp-provisional-entry-list/

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