The Moto2 class produces a huge dilemma for the organizers of the MotoGP championship. The huge entry field has proven to cause major problems at the start, with multiple-rider pile ups in the first corner a firm fixture during Moto2 races. And yet the class has been extremely popular, producing close, exciting racing, and throwing up plenty of surprise contenders.
The class has also functioned extremely well as a proving ground for the future of MotoGP, shaking out the best of the chassis manufacturers and priming them for the new MotoGP formula in 2012, which will see heavily modified production engines in prototype chassis compete against factory prototypes. Specialist engineering outfits around the world, such as British firm FTR and the Swiss-based Suter, have seized the opportunity of building Moto2 chassis and are pondering the lessons learned when it comes to working on chassis for MotoGP bikes. Moto2 has done much the same for the teams and team personnel, separating the goats from the sheep and readying them to take on running a 2012 MotoGP production prototype when the rules change.
So it is imperative to keep as much interest in the class as possible, while avoiding the carnage that is so often a feature of the class. At Motegi, the FIM, Dorna and IRTA met and found a compromise to restrict the number of Moto2 entries without a wholesale clean-out of the grid. 15 teams have been accepted as entries for the 2011 championship, fielding a total of 29 riders. No surprises among the names accepted, with all of the teams having at least scored regular points during the season. Riders are, for the most part, still unknown; the teams have until October 30th to pay their 20,000 euro security deposit and submit formal rider names.
Below is the text of the press release announcing the entries for 2011:
Moto2 Class 2011 FIM MotoGP World Championship
The Selection Committee comprising delegates of the FIM, Dorna and IRTA met on 30 September in Motegi to select the teams which will be invited to participate in 2011.
The committee considered applications from 36 teams applying for 61 places.
15 teams comprising 29 riders were accepted. A limited number of other teams have been placed on a pending list to be considered later for the remaining places. It was unfortunately necessary to refuse applications from a significant number of other teams, mainly those currently competing in other classes or Championships.
Accepted teams now have until 30 October to confirm their riders and lodge a security deposit with IRTA. Should any of the accepted teams propose riders not acceptable to the Committee, or if the security deposit is not paid, then consideration will be given to other teams.
- Forward Racing
- Gresini Racing
- Interwetten Moriwaki Moto2 *
- Jack & Jones by A. Banderas
- JIR Moto2
- Mapfre Aspar Team
- Marc VDS Racing
- MZ Motor
- Racing Team By Quereseno
- Speed Up
- Stop and Go Racing Team
- Tech 3 Racing
- Technomag CIP
- Tenerife 40 Pons
- Viessman Kiefer Racing
* One entry only. All other teams two entries.