The FIM today released the latest - though still officially provisional - entry lists for all three classes of the MotoGP series. Though largely unchanged, there have been one or two minor modifications to the 125 and Moto2 field.
The MotoGP class remains officially unchanged, though that in itself is news. The FB Corse team had earlier announced that they had been accepted on to the official entry list, but were later forced to retract that statement and announce they will attempt to qualify for entry again prior to the Jerez round on May 2nd. This means that the MotoGP field remains just 17 riders, with hopes that the field could be expanded to 18 by Jerez, and with wildcards from the Spanish Inmotec project later in the year.
The Moto2 class has seen a number of readjustments, but the grid will be packed with a very healthy total of 40 official entries. The surprise name missing from the grid is that of Hector Faubel, who failed to reach an agreement with the Stop and Go team, and has now been replaced by Bernat Martinez, who finished runner up in last year's Spanish CEV Formula Extreme championship. And the big name addition to the grid is Australian Ant West, who will be contesting the Moto2 championship on a chassis bearing the venerable name of MZ.
The 125 class, which had looked a little sparse at the end of last year, has picked up a few entries to leave the field at a total of 26 riders. Hungarian rider Peter Sebestyen was the last man to be dropped from the grid, after various reshuffles saw Danny Webb go to the Andalucia Cajasol team, Dutch rider Jasper Iwema join CBC Corse, and the remnants of the Loncin team reform to bring the illustrious name of Lambretta to the 125cc grid.
With just three weeks to go before the season finally gets underway, the support classes could still see one or two minor changes before racing starts. But after a year of financial catastrophe for the global economy, the grids are looking surprisingly healthy.