2015 MotoGP Provisional Entry List Announced - No Surprises, But Still No Second Aprilia Rider

Along with the Moto3 and Moto2 entry lists, the FIM announced the provisional entry list for MotoGP for the 2015 season. The list contains no surprises, all the signings already announced. 

It does, however, contain two question marks, one large, one small. The large one is whether Marco Melandri will be joining Alvaro Bautista in the Gresini Aprilia squad next season, or whether he will stay on in World Superbikes for another year. Melandri is believed to be wary of the Aprilia MotoGP project, given the lack of competitiveness of the bike. For 2016, a new and greatly revised bike is expected, built specifically for MotoGP, rather than the modified RSV4 which they are currently racing. Melandri may be holding out for a year to assess the competitiveness of a new bike. However, if Aprilia do not back any teams in WSBK next year, then Melandri may find that his hand is being forced. No doubt that situation will finally be resolved next week, at the last round of World Superbikes at Qatar.

The other question is whether the IODA team will actually take part in MotoGP next year. They have struggled for funds in 2014, unable to field the two bikes originally planned. For next year, they have neither a bike nor a rider signed, and without finding a generous sponsor, it is hard to imagine how they will continue. More will become apparent at Valencia, no doubt, when (or indeed, if) the team tests on the three days following the race.

The provisional 2015 MotoGP line up:

No Rider Nationality Team Machine Factory Option?
4 Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team Ducati GP15 *
6 Stefan Bradl GER NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha  
8 Hector Barbera SPA Avintia Racing Ducati GP14.2  
9 Danilo Petrucci ITA Pramac Racing Ducati GP14.2 *
17 Karel Abraham CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Honda RC213V-RS  
19 Alvaro Bautista SPA Factory Aprilia Gresini Aprilia *
25 Maverick Vinales SPA Team Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki GSX-RR *
26 Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda RC213V *
29 Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team Ducati GP15 *
35 Cal Crutchlow GBR CMW LCR Honda Honda RC213V *
38 Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech3 Yamaha M1 *
41 Aleix Espargaro SPA Team Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki GSX-RR *
43 Jack Miller AUS CMW LCR Honda Honda RC213V-RS  
44 Pol Espargaro SPA Monster Yamaha Tech3 Yamaha M1 *
45 Scott Redding GBR Marc VDS Racing Team Honda RC213V *
46 Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha M1 *
50 Eugene Laverty IRL Drive M7 Aspar Honda RC213V-RS  
63 Mike Di Meglio FRA Avintia Racing Ducati GP14.2  
68 Yonny Hernandez COL Pramac Racing Ducati GP14.2 *
69 Nicky Hayden USA Drive M7 Aspar Honda RC213V-RS  
76 Loris Baz FRA NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha  
93 Marc Marquez SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda RC213V *
99 Jorge Lorenzo SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha M1 *
  To Be Confirmed   Factory Aprilia Gresini Aprilia *
  To Be Confirmed   OCTO Iodaracing Team TBC  

 

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Comments

Aoyama is being linked to IODA, but he would be paid by Dorna to keep a Japanese rider in the class.

Am I reading this right? Just had a look at the numbers of Spanish riders in the field across all classes and suprisingly, there isn't as many as I would have expected in Moto3:

Moto3 - 5
Moto2 - 7
MotoGP - 8

Having a look at some of the other nationalities; 9 Italians in Moto3, 5 Swiss in Moto2 and a mix of all others across all classes.

Kind of interesting to see the mix. David, any reason to see so many Italians in Moto3 and not that many Spanish?
Cheers.

Spanish kids staying in the CEV Moto3 and then jumping straight to Moto2 perhaps. Also the Italian Federation's efforts to match the Spanish academy system could be starting to pay dividends as well.

Hi David,

From the official entry list, we will have 6 Constructors in the premier class as the following

1 Honda
2 Yamaha
3 Ducati
4 Suzuki
5 Aprilia
6 Forward Yamaha

Is it right?

I might be wrong but I have read that next year bike of the Forward team will be 2014 YZR-M1 with Unitfied software(Replaced Yamaha Official Software) minus the suspension and brake.

Why Forward Yamaha does not include in the list under Yamaha constructor? because of the difference of the bike? Yamaha does not want it? Forward team intends to go with this direction? or for other reason?

I do not know the official reason, but at the presentation for next year, Yamaha said that Forward would have complete freedom to develop their bike (outside of the engine). Forward will use the Yamaha engine and chassis, but they are free to continue to use and develop the Forward chassis they are currently using.

This is probably why they are on the list as Forward Yamaha, not Yamaha, because they have much more freedom than the Yamaha satellite teams do.