Less that 24 hours after posting our previous Moto2 update, more details have come to light about who will be riding where for 2011, as well as a few corrections on Monday's list. The most interesting piece of information to come out was the introduction of Marc Marquez Monlau Competicion Moto2 team. The newly-crowned 125cc champion will continue to receive backing from the Spanish petroleum giant Repsol, as expected, but will also be funded by Caixa Catalunya, a regional Spanish bank from (predictably) the Catalunya region of Spain. The team has finally decided to race a Suter Moto2 chassis, rather than the FTR chassis they had been expected to race, after Marquez and his manager Emilio Alzamora vetoed the choice of the team, who had wanted to field an FTR.
Elsewhere, Czech rider Lukas Pesek has also been confirmed alongside Mashel al Naimi in the QMMF squad - run by the Qatari motorcycling federation - who will be racing a Moriwaki for 2011. The Stop & Go team - where we had originally believed Pesek to be racing - will instead field Colombian rider Santi Hernandez, another rider making the jump from the Spanish CEV Moto2 championship to the world stage. The team is still undecided which chassis they will be using for 2011, with the choice being between Bimota and FTR. If the team elect to use the FTR, this will mean another thinning out of the list of chassis makers.
The final bit of news is that Roby Rolfo will not be returning to Moto2, despite winning the Malaysian round and scoring a podium in Germany. The 30-year-old Italian will be returning to the World Superbike championship, to race a Kawasaki ZX-10R for the Pedercini team. His Italtrans STR team still has two seats on the grid, though one is likely to be taken by former AMA racer Robertino Pietri, who had a difficult debut year in the Moto2 championship.
Here's an updated Moto2 list, with the corrections made from yesterday:
|Team||Bike||Rider 1||Rider 2|
|Aeroport de Castello||FTR||Kev Coghlan|
|Forward Racing||Suter||Jules Cluzel||???|
|G22 Racing Team||Suter||Fonsi Nieto||Yannick Guerra|
|Gresini Racing||Moriwaki||Yuki Takahashi||Michele Pirro|
|Holiday Gym Racing *||Moriwaki||Xavier Simeon|
|Interwetten Moto2 *||Suter||Thomas Luthi|
|Iodaracing Project||FTR||Simone Corsi||Mattia Pasini?|
|Italtrans Racing Team||Suter||???||Robertino Pietri?|
|Jack & Jones by A. Banderas||Suter||Kenny Noyes||Gabor Talmacsi|
|JIR Moto2||Motobi||Alex de Angelis||???|
|Mapfre Aspar Team||Suter||Julian Simon||Xavi Fores|
|Marc VDS Racing||Suter||Scott Redding||Mika Kallio|
|Monlau Competicion *||Suter||Marc Marquez|
|MZ Motor||MZ/FTR||Max Neukirchner||Ant West|
|QMMF Racing Team||Moriwaki||Mashel al Naimi||Lukas Pesek|
|Racing Team By Quereseno||FTR||Esteve Rabat||Yonny Hernandez?|
|Stop and Go Racing Team||Bimota/FTR?||Ratthapark Wilairot||Santiago Hernandez|
|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||Andrea Iannone|
* Single rider team
name? - Rider not yet certain
??? - Rider unknown / to be announced
Here's the Repsol press release:
Marc Márquez makes the leap to Moto2 together with Repsol
- The agreement, for two years, guarantees the 125cc World Champion a strong and stable project.
- The 125cc World Champion will compete in a Monlau Competition team with a Suter chassis and will ride a Moto2 motorbike for the first time tomorrow, Wednesday, in the test sessions scheduled at the Jerez Circuit.
- The agreement signed between Repsol and Monlau Competition runs for two years and gives Marc Márquez access to the best technical and personnel resources in Moto2.
- Repsol, which has helped Marc Márquez in his sporting development, has been at the young rider’s side since his debut in the Motorcycle World Championships in 2008.
Marc Márquez, 125cc World Champion will make the leap up to the Moto2 category with the support of Repsol which has been alongside the young rider since his beginnings in the Motorcycle World Championships. The agreement, which is for two years, guarantees that the Spanish sportsman will have all the technical and personnel resources necessary to do battle in such a competitive category as Moto2 within the framework of a solid and stable project.
Repsol has supported Marc Márquez since his World Championship debut in 2008 at just 15 years old. Last season, the energy company exclusively developed and supplied the fuel and lubricant for the 125cc World Champion from the Repsol Technology Centre located in Móstoles (Madrid).
The sportsman from Cervera (Lleida), at 17 years of age, will compete in Moto2 as the only rider in a Monlau Competition team, with a Suter chassis and a 600cc engine, that supplied by Honda to all the motorcycles in the category.
Emilio Alzamora, 1999 125cc World Champion with Repsol, will act as Team Manager in the Marc Márquez Moto2 team. The chief mechanic will be Santi Hernández, who has experience in Moto2 and also the old premier class (500cc) and in MotoGP where he worked with riders such as Valentino Rossi and Sete Gibernau. In the new category, Marc Márquez will be surrounded by mechanics, engineers and a telemetry engineer with a wealth of experience in the Motorcycle World Championships. As such, the rider from Lleida will benefit from the twelve years of experience of Monlau Competition plus Repsol’s more than 40 years in the world of racing.
Marc Márquez will ride a Moto2 motorcycle tomorrow, Wednesday, at the Jerez (Cádiz) circuit test sessions to begin preparations for the 2011 season. The World Championships will start on the 20th March with the Qatar Grand Prix and will end on the 6th of November with the Comunitat Valenciana Grand Prix at the Ricardo Tormo de Cheste Circuit (Valencia).
The contract was signed by the Repsol Corporate Director of Communications and Presidential Cabinet, Begoña Elices and Emilio Alzamora, Marc Márquez’s manager and Director of Monlau Competition, a centre for the development of riders and mechanics. The philosophy of the agreement is based on supporting grass-roots sports as Repsol are backing Álex Rins and Álex Márquez. Both riders, aged 14, will again ride in the 2011 Spanish Speed Championships (SSC).
Aged just 17 years and 264 days, Marc Márquez became on the 7th November this year, the youngest Spanish rider to win a Motorcycle World Championship. The Emilio Alzamora protégé has beaten many other records: last season he won four pole positions and took five race wins consecutively at only 17 years old, beating the records held by Valentino Rossi since 1997, and won 12 pole positions in one season, equalling the historic milestone of Mick Doohan, amongst other achievements.
Repsol, with more than 40 years in the world of competition – an unbeatable test bench for its products – has gained a great amount of experience in the development and manufacture of fuel and lubricants for the main motorsport competitions. The company has maintained a collaborative agreement with Honda since 1995 and is the main sponsor of the MotoGP Repsol Honda Team. It also has a presence in other competitions, such as that of the Trial World Championships.