UPDATED - The 2015 MotoGP Rider Line Up

With MotoGP's silly season for 2015 nearing its conclusion, we can draw up a list of contracts signed for next year and beyond. Below is who is going where for 2015, along with what they will be riding and how long their contracts are for:

Team Rider Bike Duration Status / Notes
Repsol Honda
  Marc Marquez RC213V 2016  
  Dani Pedrosa RC213V 2016  
Movistar Yamaha
  Valentino Rossi YZR-M1 2016  
  Jorge Lorenzo YZR-M1 2016 Believed to have an option to leave after 2015
Factory Ducati
  Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP15 2016  
  Andrea Iannone Ducati GP15 2015  
LCR Honda
  Cal Crutchlow RC213V 2015  
  Jack Miller RC213V-RS 2017  
Marc VDS Racing
  Scott Redding RC213V 2016 The Marc VDS Racing team has a contract for three years with HRC, and a contract for two years with Redding. The bike will be kitted with Ohlins and Brembo
Monster Tech 3 Yamaha
  Pol Espargaro YZR-M1 2015  
  Bradley Smith YZR-M1 2015  
Drive M7 Aspar
  Nicky Hayden RC213V-RS 2015  
  Eugene Laverty RC213V-RS 2015  
Forward Yamaha
  Stefan Bradl Forward Yamaha 2015  
  Loris Baz Forward Yamaha 2015  
Gresini Aprilia
  Alvaro Bautista Aprilia ART 2016  
  Marco Melandri Aprilia ART 2015  
  Aleix Espargaro Suzuki GSX-RR 2016  
  Maverick Viñales Suzuki GSX-RR 2017  
Pramac Ducati
  Yonny Hernandez Ducati GP14.2 2015  
  Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP14 2016  
Avintia Ducati
  Hector Barbera Open GP14.2 2015 The Avintia Ducatis will run as full open class entries, and be used to develop the bike with the unified (spec) software.
  Mike Di Meglio Open GP14.2 2015  
Cardion AB
  Karel Abraham RC213V-RS    
IODA Racing
  Alex De Angelis Aprilia ART 2015  


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I notice that you neglected to indicate the length Karel's contract with Cardion AB Racing.


Say what you will about Karel being family funded, but isn't that the bottom line of professional motorsports in general, regardless of talent level, if you don't bring sponsorship dollars to the game, you'll be fighting an uphill battle to land a seat? Whether it's "personal" sponsorship money from your family, or some mega energy drink company, it's all a necessary evil for participating in premier motorsports. Back to Abraham, he has two podiums including a race win in his first and only season in Moto2, and has put in some admirable rides on a customer boat anchor (i.e. Ducati) in MotoGP....and all this while completing a law degree!

Suzuki's bikes should be corrected to GSX-RR.

Those Aprilia and Avintia seats are puzzling and will be interesting to see what happens there.

The grid is shaping up nicely and it will be interesting to see how the gap between last and first improves next year. Any thoughts or predictions on that David?

I'm curious if anyone knows where Randy will end up? I know he was hoping for a seat at Suzuki, but clearly that didn't work out for him. Is he trying to get back on the grid or is he just a full time test rider now?

I asked my wife the same question this morning and she said (though I don't know where she received her info) that she recently read that RdP will carry on as a test rider with Suzuki in 2015. Not exactly definitive, but that's all I've heard. He will also get a wildcard spot for the last race this season (think I read that on this site).

I think he'll be alongside Lowes with Suzuki in SBK. Hopefully Lauren can travel with him.

Like many fans, I do enjoy silly season. Guessing line ups, checking rumors and the like. Definitely didn't see the last minute Crutchlow move coming, that's for sure. I don't think many did!
How will E. Laverty do, and what are his goals moving over? Does he feel scorned in WSBK, having done so well with Yamaha and then Aprilia, just to be cast aside so Melandri could take his place? Stuck on the good-but-not-great GSX-R. Now to be on the good-but-not-great customer Honda (although this remains to be seen, what with next year's model supposedly a vast improvement). So he trades one mid-pack bike for another. Hmmm. Factory Hondas are locked down for some time, so I'm unsure what he hopes to accomplish.
And what of the talk that Loris Baz is "too tall" for MotoGP? I could have sworn that is what was said. Speaking of his goals, I wonder what they are as well. He's currently on the championship bike, the same bike that's leading the current championship as well. So he trades a front-runner for a mid-pack. Odd call, but I'm sure he knows something I don't. Next year is shaping up to be quite interesting, bar the front runners. Here's hoping.

I agree it's an odd call for him to be considering MotoGP. I understand that he is young and has good potential, but he is not even beating his teammate in wsbk. I would think would be a important first step he has yet to make..

Having said that... I'd like to see what Tom Sykes could do on a MotoGP bike. Maybe one day Kawi will come back too.. .:)

I thought it would be Zarco but since he's with Aki Ajo next year that's scuppered. RDP has got a Suzuki in WSBK and Guintoli has been before on a Ducati.

So enter Baz, the next fast frenchman who has full Dorna support = no brainer for a team to pick him up.

Fighting for 10th on the motogp grid is still quite an accomplishment (if his kit will even allow for that), so all things considered i would rather fight and claw for points on that grid than in SBK (now that the series has been declawed).

Pure speculation ..........

Loris Baz to Forward and Leon Camier to aprillia.

As for avintia - anyone who can bring a bucket full of cash!

Seems unclear whether he wants the Aprilia seat - if he doesn't, is Eugene to Aspar a done deal?

It does seem likely that Eugene, Loris and Leon C will fill three of the remaining seats.

Personally, I'd like to see Hiroshi Aoyama continue somewhere too - everyone seems to have written him off but to an extent he's got his mojo back after a couple of dire seasons.

Hi David,
Any idea of when the Moto2 & Moto3 Rider & Team line up will be confirmed?

Laverty at Aspar Honda is now official, I just read.

I am really curious to see who will be the second rider at Gresini Aprilia. Camier seems to be a logical choice, especially given his experience with the RSV4 superbike, but I don't know if there is a grudge left somewhere after him being dropped from the superbike team.

I guess next year the Aprilia MotoGP bike will be a sort of ultimate rolling lab bike for the RSV4 road bike. Now that it's no longer restricted by silly CRT rules (I understand the ART had less power than the RSV4 superbike...), they can try a lot more things under the 'Open' rules. And they can get adjusted to the whole MotoGP routine before entering the all-new 2016 bike. So - unlike some people - I don't see 2015 as a wasted year for Aprilia.

So, Dorna finally got their way and found a way to cram a frenchman onto the grid... :)

Wonder if Dorna also found a way to help out NGM Forward with the troublesome financial situation they are rumored to be facing, to ensure that they don't disapear from the grid in 2015...

Miller and Crutchlow at LCR Honda; both known as modest unassuming types aren't they?

Good garage to place a charity swear-box for Riders for Health..