With the signing of Stefan Bradl to LCR Honda, the total number of confirmed riders in MotoGP has now grown to 16, including 12 on factory prototype machines (traditional MotoGP machines from Honda, Yamaha and Ducati) and 4 CRT entries (cheaper entries, mainly based on production engines). With official confirmation of Suzuki's withdrawal still awaiting, though zero chance of them continuing, it looks like 12 is the maximum number of bikes that the factories are willing to supply, with Honda, Ducati and Yamaha all provding 4 each, 2 factory bikes and 2 satellite bikes.
The prospects for the CRT teams are much brighter. With 4 riders already confirmed (Colin Edwards, James Ellison, Ant West and Danilo Petrucci), there could be another 7 CRT bikes on the grid, bringing the total to 23. Those CRT riders could also include a couple of interesting names, with Randy de Puniet being linked to a ride with Aspar after testing the Aprilia RSV4 on Bridgestone tires at Valencia this week. The final rider line up will probably take a few more weeks to shake out, but the MotoGP grid is looking the healthiest it has been for years. The last time there were more than 20 riders on the grid was in 2004.
Here's the latest 2012 MotoGP rider line up, as of November 17th:
|1||Casey Stoner||Honda RC213V||Repsol Honda|
|4||Andrea Dovizioso||Yamaha YZR-M1||Monster Tech 3 Yamaha|
|5||Colin Edwards||Suter / BMW||NGM Forward Racing CRT|
|8||Hector Barbera||Ducati GP12||Pramac Ducati|
|9||Danilo Petrucci||FTR? / Aprilia||IODA Racing CRT|
|11||Ben Spies||Yamaha YZR-M1||Yamaha Factory Racing|
|13||Ant West||FTR? / Aprilia||Speedmaster CRT|
|17||Karel Abraham||Ducati GP12||Cardion AB|
|19||Alvaro Bautista||Honda RC213V||San Carlo Gresini|
|26||Dani Pedrosa||Honda RC213V||Repsol Honda|
|35||Cal Crutchlow||Yamaha YZR-M1||Monster Tech 3 Yamaha|
|46||Valentino Rossi||Ducati GP12||Ducati Marlboro|
|65||Stefan Bradl||Honda RC213V||LCR Honda|
|69||Nicky Hayden||Ducati GP12||Ducati Marlboro|
|77||James Ellison||FTR? / Aprilia||Paul Bird CRT|
|99||Jorge Lorenzo||Yamaha YZR-M1||Yamaha Factory Racing|
|51||Michele Pirro||FTR / Honda CBR||San Carlo Gresini CRT|
|68||Yonny Hernandez||FTR / Kawasaki||BQR CRT|
|22||Ivan Silva?||Inmotec||BQR CRT|
|41||Aleix Espargaro?||Aprilia||Mapfre Aspar CRT|
|14||Randy de Puniet?||Aprilia||Mapfre Aspar CRT|
|Carmelo Morales?||Suter / BMW||Team Laglisse CRT|
|Suter / BMW||Team Laglisse CRT|
All entries with a question mark (?) behind them are best guesses.
All unconfirmed signings without question marks are based on media reports and information from the MotoGP paddock. However, they have yet to be officially confirmed.
All riders entered under the Claiming Rule Teams regulation are marked with CRT after the team name.