2015 Moto3 Provisional Entry List Update - 34 Riders In Total

An updated version of the Moto3 entry list was issued today, including 34 riders. Brazilian rider Eric Granado has lost his place, with Maria Herrera taking the seat at the Laglisse team. Remy Gardner, son of former 500cc champion Wayne Gardner, joins the grid, ensuring an Australian successor for Jack Miller in the Moto3 championship.

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2 Remy Gardner AUS CIP Mahindra
5 Romano Fenati ITA Sky Racing Team VR46 KTM
6 Maria Herrera SPA Husqvarna Factory Laglisse Husqvarna
7 Efren Vazquez SPA Leopard Racing Honda
9 Jorge Navarro SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda
10 Alexis Masbou FRA Saxoprint-RTG Honda
11 Livio Loi BEL RW Racing GP Honda
12 Matteo Ferrari ITA San Carlo Team Italia Mahindra
16 Andrea Migno ITA Sky Racing Team VR46 KTM
17 John McPhee GBR Saxoprint-RTG Honda
19 Alessandro Tonucci ITA Outox Reset Drink Team Mahindra
20 Fabio Quartararo FRA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda
21 Francesco Bagnaia ITA Mapfre Mahindra Team Mahindra
22 Ana Carrasco SPA RBA Racing Team KTM
23 Niccolo Antonelli ITA Ongetta-Rivacold Honda
24 Tatsuki Suzuki JPN CIP Mahindra
29 Stefano Manzi ITA San Carlo Team Italia Mahindra
31 Niklas Ajo FIN RBA Racing Team KTM
32 Isaac Vinales SPA Husqvarna Factory Laglisse Husqvarna
33 Enea Bastianini ITA Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda
40 Daryn Binder RSA Outox Reset Drink Team Mahindra
41 Brad Binder RSA Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM
44 Miguel Oliveira POR Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM
52 Danny Kent GBR Leopard Racing Honda
55 Andrea Locatelli ITA Junior Team Gresini Moto3 Honda
58 Juanfran Guevara SPA Mapfre Mahindra Team Mahindra
63 Zulfahmi Khairuddin MAL Sepang International Circuit KTM
65 Philipp Oettl GER Schedl GP Racing KTM
76 Hiroki Ono JPN Leopard Racing Honda
84 Jakub Kornfeil CZE Sepang International Circuit KTM
88 Jorge Martin SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 Mahindra
91 Gabriel Rodrigo ARG RBA Racing Team KTM
95 Jules Danilo FRA Ongetta-Rivacold Honda
98 Karel Hanika CZE Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM

 

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One would think so, given how long he lingered in the class... But the age limit is 28 and he currently is 28 years old, so this will definitely be his last season in Moto3. I checked Wikipedia and his birthday is in September, so technically he should no longer be racing in the rounds after that, but I guess as a permanent starter he will be able to finish the season, not sure on the rule details there.

Personally I think some riders should be pushed to move up earlier than that, especially when they've been in the class for so long. The years when people - on purpose - spent their entire careers in the smaller capacity classes are long gone and Moto3 is now pretty much regarded as a Rookie class and the breeding ground for future stars and someone like Vazquez who could very well move up a class are essentially blocking the path for new talent to come through.

As I understand he is indirectly the reason Granado no longer has a ride - Honda forced teams to take on Vazquez as he won races for them last year (though I think there is a reason he didn't have a ride at the end of last year despite his wins), the Honda he now occupies was the last one of the Hondas that were planned for the Moto3 class, forcing Maria Herrera out of the expected deal with the Estrella Galicia Team as there are no more Hondas available. To still have Herrera in Moto3 as planned Repsol jumps in and secures her a ride with the Calvo Team, still under the Repsol wings though. The rider falling over the edge was Eric Granado who now rides in the new CEV Euro Moto2 class.

Sorry, long rambling answer to a short question!

Thank you very much for the long answer to a short question :)

I think your analysis is spot on, No. 7 should have moved on and upwards before now, 28 year olds are all the racers they are going to be, he needs to back up his ability with some self believe to go onto new challenges.

I can only assume EV really fancy's his chances of winning the Moto 3 title this year so thats why he's hung around in the smaller class.

Honda has a bucketful of talent on Moto 3 bikes in 2015, most capable of winning, they don't actually need Vazquez to carry their hopes this year.