Moto2 and Moto3 2018 entry lists revealed
The entry lists for the 2018 Moto2 and Moto3 seasons have been revealed, consisting of 33 and 28 riders respectively.
A 33-strong Moto2 entry list confirms reports of Kiefer Racing switching to KTM bikes, and that it will field Sandro Cortese along with Dominique Aegerter - leaving Tarran Mackenzie without a ride.
Also officially confirming their line-ups are Italtrans, which is sticking with Mattia Pasini and Andrea Locatelli, and Honda Team Asia, which has recruited Tetsuta Nagashima to replace MotoGP-bound Takaaki Nakagami.
Headlining the Moto2 field are Hector Barbera and Sam Lowes, who lost their MotoGP rides at Avintia Ducati and Aprilia respectively.
Barbera will ride for Pons alongside Lorenzo Baldassarri, while Lowes joins Thomas Luthi's former Interwetten team, officially titled as CGBM Evolution on the entry list.
Marc VDS will replace this year's champion Franco Morbidelli with Moto3 champion Joan Mir, whose main rival Romano Fenati will also make the step up with his team Marinelli Rivacold Snipers.
Jules Danilo and Bo Bendsneyder also make the step up from Moto3, joining SAG and Tech 3 respectively.
Six different chassis manufacturers will be represented next year, with dominant brand Kalex continuing to supply the majority of teams.
KTM expands to six bikes across three outfits, while the remaining four marques - Suter, Tech 3, Speed Up and newcomer NTS - supply two bikes each.
2018 Moto2 line-up:
|Marc VDS|| |
|Ajo KTM|| |
|Sky Racing Team VR46|| |
|Pons Racing|| |
|CGBM Evolution|| |
|Forward Racing|| |
|Marinelli Rivacold Snipers||Romano Fenati||Kalex|
|Dynavolt Intact GP|| |
|Speed Up|| |
|Tasca Racing|| |
|Gresini Moto2||Jorge Navarro||Kalex|
|Tech 3|| |
|Kiefer Racing|| |
|RW Racing|| |
|Honda Team Asia|| |
Khairul Idham Pawi
|Raceline Malaysia|| |
In Moto3, with Mir and Fenati gone, Estrella Galicia's Aron Canet and Gresini duo of Jorge Martin and Fabio Di Giannantonio are the highest-placed returnees in the 28-strong field.
After a disappointing season with Estrella Galicia, last year's runner-up Enea Bastianini, along with former Mahindra rider Lorenzo Dalla Porta, will switch to Mir's Leopard Racing outfit.
With Mahindra leaving the series at the end of 2017, Aspar, CIP and Prustel GP (which runs rebranded Mahindras as 'Peugeots') will all switch to KTM machinery, creating a near-even split between Honda and KTM on the 2018 grid.
Notable rookies include CEV Moto3 champion Dennis Foggia, who joins the Sky VR46 team, Bester Capital Dubai (formerly Platinum Bay) rider Jaume Masia and Estrella Galicia recruit Alonso Lopez.
2018 Moto3 line-up:
|Leopard Racing|| |
Lorenzo Dalla Porta
|Estrella Galicia|| |
|Sky Racing VR46|| |
|Gresini Moto3|| |
Fabio di Giannantonio
|Aspar Team|| |
|Marinelli Rivacold Snipers||Tony Arbolino||Honda|
|SIC58 Squadra Corse|| |
|Bester Capital Dubai|| |
|Schedl GP||Philipp Oettl||KTM|
|Prustel GP|| |
|Petronas Sprinta Racing|| |
|Red Bull KTM Ajo|| |
|Honda Team Asia|| |
|RBA BOE|| |
|Reale Stylobike|| |
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