Putting together a list of riders for the 2011 Moto2 season has proven to be a remarkably intractable task. Fear and uncertainty stalks the Moto2 paddock, not least because the full list of admitted teams was not released until last weekend at Estoril. The list contains 22 teams with space for 40 riders, though doubt remains over whether the teams will be able to fill all 40 seats.
Below is the information that MotoMatters.com has been able to glean from a range of sources so far. There are still a huge number of gaps as far as riders are concerned, as teams and riders scramble for cash with which to fund rides, and as teams weigh up their options in terms of riders. Even the names that are available are still not certain, and changes are expected all the way up to Sunday night, the eve of the first Moto2 test of the 2011 season. Sunday night seems to be a pretty solid deadline, however, as the teams are keen to test on Monday, and nobody will be testing without a contract.
Perhaps the biggest surprise is the drastic reduction in the number of chassis manufacturers involved. Some 15 different chassis will line up on Sunday (or more factually, 14, as the Speed Up machines are basically FTR chassis with Speed Up bodywork), but there could be half that number next season. The main reason for the drop in the number of chassis makers is quite simply fear, nobody wanting to risk the kind of failure that the RSV or NCR chassis showed early in the 2010 season. For that reason, a large number of teams have sprung for the Suter chassis, the support provided making it the apparently safe option.
As much of this list is based on rumor and conjecture, it should be treated with a certain amount of caution. However, it represents what we know so far, and what we know so far can be summarized with the words "not much."
The 2011 Moto2 line-up so far:
|Forward Racing||Suter||Jules Cluzel||???|
|G22 Racing Team||Suter||Fonsi Nieto||Raffaele de Rosa|
|Gresini Racing||Moriwaki||Kenan Sofuoglu?||Michele Pirro?|
|Holiday Gym Racing *||Moriwaki||Yannick Guerra/Xavier Simeon?|
|Interwetten Moriwaki Moto2 *||Suter||Thomas Luthi|
|Iodaracing Project||FTR||Simone Corsi?||Mattia Pasini?|
|Italtrans Racing Team||Suter||Roby Rolfo||???|
|Jack & Jones by A. Banderas||Suter||Kenny Noyes||Yuki Takahashi? Hiroshi Aoyama?|
|JIR Moto2||Motobi||Simone Corsi?||Alex de Angelis|
|Mapfre Aspar Team||Suter||Julian Simon||???|
|Marc VDS Racing||Suter?||Scott Redding||Yuki Takahashi? Hector Faubel?|
|Monlau Competicion *||FTR?||Marc Marquez|
|MZ Motor||MZ||Max Neukirchner||Ant West?|
|QMMF Racing Team||Suter||Mashel al Naimi||???|
|Racing Team By Quereseno||FTR||Esteve Rabat||Yonny Hernandez?|
|Stop and Go Racing Team||Bimota/FTR?||???||???|
|Tech 3 Racing||Tech 3||Bradley Smith||Mike di Meglio|
|Technomag CIP||Suter||Kenan Sofuoglu?||Dominique Aegerter|
|Tenerife 40 Pons||Kalex||Axel Pons||Aleix Espargaro|
|Tuenti Speed Up||FTR||Pol Espargaro||???|
|Viessman Kiefer Racing||Kalex||Stefan Bradl||Randy Krummenacher|
|WTR/Speed Master Team *||Suter/FTR?||Andrea Iannone|
* Teams with one rider only
Riders with a question mark (?) behind their name are not certain. Three question marks (???) mean that the rider is unknown. An empty space means the team has only one rider.
Updated: Added Tito Rabat to BQR, Suter & Luthi for Interwetten, Kalex for Kiefer. Hernandez at BQR (from Racesport.nl).