Provisional 2010 MotoGP Rider Entry List

The FIM today released the provisional entry lists for the MotoGP class, and the list has no surprises in it. The list contains official confirmation of the numbers the MotoGP rookies will be using, most of which are the numbers they used previously. Hiroshi Aoyama is the only exception, taking number 7 as the number 4 which he used in the 250 class has already been claimed by Andrea Dovizioso - who in turn had been forced to take 4 because his preferred number 34 has been retired in honor of Kevin Schwantz.

Rather surprising is Marco Melandri's entry. He was listed under the number 24, and not the number 33 which he has used since entering MotoGP. This turned out to be a mistake, as pointed out to us by the San Carlo Honda Gresini press office. Melandri will be running number 33 in 2010 after all.

2010 MotoGP Rider Lineup

No. Rider Nationality Team Bike
4 ANDREA DOVIZIOSO ITA REPSOL HONDA TEAM HONDA
5 COLIN EDWARDS USA MONSTER YAMAHA TECH 3 YAMAHA
7 HIROSHI AOYAMA JAP INTERWETTEN-HONDA MOTOGP HONDA
11 BEN SPIES USA MONSTER YAMAHA TECH 3 YAMAHA
14 RANDY DE PUNIET FRA LCR HONDA MOTOGP HONDA
19 ALVARO BAUTISTA SPA RIZLA SUZUKI MOTOGP SUZUKI
26 DANI PEDROSA SPA REPSOL HONDA TEAM HONDA
27 CASEY STONER AUS DUCATI MARLBORO TEAM DUCATI
33 MARCO MELANDRI ITA SAN CARLO HONDA GRESINI HONDA
36 MIKA KALLIO FIN PRAMAC RACING TEAM DUCATI
40 HECTOR BARBERA SPA ASPAR MOTOGP TEAM DUCATI
41 ALEIX ESPARGARO SPA PRAMAC RACING TEAM DUCATI
46 VALENTINO ROSSI ITA FIAT YAMAHA TEAM YAMAHA
58 MARCO SIMONCELLI ITA SAN CARLO HONDA GRESINI HONDA
65 LORIS CAPIROSSI ITA RIZLA SUZUKI MOTOGP SUZUKI
69 NICKY HAYDEN USA DUCATI MARLBORO TEAM DUCATI
99 JORGE LORENZO SPA FIAT YAMAHA TEAM YAMAHA

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Comments

No need to worry, it was just a mistake by the FIM. Situation has returned to normal, Melandri is to run #33 and all is well with the world.

......I see Dani Pedrosa has reverted to #26.

Maybe he just realised that all his number changing shenanigans were only affecting one rider...himself!

i personally wouldn't change my numbers so much. i like vale's style and keeps his number 24/7. casey is good too in that he only changes his number when he's number 1, not 2 or 3 or 4. if you have a number that feels special to you then you gotta keep it to yourself, or you run the risk of someone else stealing your number.

why is number 34 off limits? i would understand if a rider died and his number would be kept to him out of respect, but kev's still livin' and kickin'! will 46 be off limits when vale leaves?

You can be certain the Rossi will not retire if only to keep someone from taking the 46.

I am sure he will be able to convince the FIM to retire it.

notice how when hayden and stoner changed to the number 1 plate??...came back and stunk it up...if you really are number 1 you dont need to flaunt it on the front of your bike i.e. Rossi

As I understand it, Stoner wanted to keep his #27, but was pressured by Ducati to take the number 1 plate. Not sure about Hayden though - in the US, much is made of the number 1 plate (ie physically receiving a 1 plate on the podium etc.).

This is just pure conjecture on my part, but I suspect Vale holding on to #46 has more to do with superstition, rather than flaunting his achievements. He has never been backward in coming forward, but he is just as superstitious as many other motorcycle racers - maybe more than most :)

Oh and as RatsMC said, I reckon you can safely say that no rider other than Rossi will ever race MotoGP with number 46.

Pretty sure Nicky and Casey were instructed to run the #1 plate (Honda never got one when Valentino left, and Ducati, the 1st ever championship!), and I do not think there is anything wrong with Champions running the #1 plate because it has always been the privilege. Mick Doohan runs #1 whenever he won the championship then! Manufacturers and sponsors are the bosses who writes the paycheck, and Valentino is probably the legendary few who could pull strings to get what he wants. What he can do, does not mean everyone else is entitled to and have to follow suit. I would hate to see a bunch of racers wearing some sort of fluorescent yellow on their suit/bikes in MotoGP, just to be "right" :)

Anyways, were there any racers who lost their preferred number the same year they wore #1 in the history? Meaning to say, for example, Lorenzo became champion this year (hypothetically, because we know Valentino will never take #1 so don't get angry with me), and ran #1 in 2011 while somebody took up #99 immediately in 2011 forcing Lorenzo to lose #99 for 2012? Or would Lorenzo's number be reserved while he was defending his championship in 2011 and no one else could take it?

as far as i know as long as you are champion and running the number 1 plate your normal number is reserved till you choose to take it back