Saturday, April 11, 2015

MOTO GP: 2015 Grid - A Casual view...

In anticipation of my impending return to COTA, nee Circuit Of The Americas for this weekend's MotoGP race, I thought I'd better try figuring out who's riding what Scooter for whom, eh? As this is by NO means official, just intended as a helpful Spotter's guide for the expected 25 "Knee-draggers" kicking ARSE in Austin, Texas and beyond...

Factory Teams
This year the MotoGP grid expands to five Factory teams, with the return of Suzuki and addition of Aprilia bolstering the previous Honda, Yamaha and Ducati concerns...

(16) "Factory" Riders
The following 16-riders from four Countries were listed on the FIM's 2015 entry list prior to the season kickoff in Qatar, and therefore, as always is subject to change...

Repsol Honda
Base: Japan
Chassis: Honda RC213V
26) Dani Pedrosa; Spain
93) Marc Marquez; Spain

Base: Monaco
Chassis: Honda RC213V
35) Cal Crutchlow; United Kingdom

Estrella Galicia/ Marc VDS Racing Team
Base: Belgium
Chassis: Honda RC213V
45) Scott Redding; United Kingdom

Movistar Yamaha
Base: Japan
Chassis: Yamaha YZR-M1
46) Valentino Rossi; Italy
99) George Lorenzo; Spain

Monster Yamaha Tec 3
Base: France
Chassis: Yamaha YZR-M1
38) Bradley Smith; United Kingdom
44) Pol Espargaro; Spain

Ducati Corse
Base: Italy
Chassis: Ducati Desmosedici GP15
4) Andrea Dovizioso; Italy
29) Andrea Iannone; Italy

Pramac Racing
Base: Italy
Chassis: Ducati Desmosedici GP14
9) Danilo Petrucci; Italy
68) Yonny Hernández; Columbia

Team Suzuki X Star
Base: Japan
Chassis: Suzuki GSX-RR
25) R-Maverick Viñales; Spain
41) Aleix Espargaro; Spain

Aprilia Racing Team Gresini
Base: Italy
Chassis: Aprilia RS GP
19) Alvaro Bautista; Spain
33) Marco Melandri; Italy

Open Class Entrants
There are four manufacturer's providing equipment  to the "Second Tier" Open Class competitors this season, with traditional factory support from Honda, Yamaha and Ducati, while the ART entry is based off of Aprilia's offering this season.

(9) Open Class Riders
The nine riders, including the series lone 'Yank, "the Kentucky Kid," aka Nicky Hayden are divided as follows; as note that Stefan Bradl has been demoted from his Honda satellite MotoGP ride, and takes refuge for rival Japanese factory Yamaha instead...

Chassis: Honda RC213VRS
Team: Aspar MotoGP Team
50) R-Eugene Laverty; Republic of Ireland
69) Nicky Hayden; USA

Team: AB Motoracing
17) Karel Abraham; Czech Republic

Team: CWM LCR Honda
43) R-Jack Miller; Australia

Chassis: YZR-M1
Team: Forward Racing
6) Stefan Bradl; Germany
76) R-Loris Baz; France

Chassis: Ducati Desmosedici GP1441
Team: Avintia Racing
8) Hector Barberá; Spain
63) Mike Di Meglio; France

Chassis: ART
Team: IodaRacing Project
15) Alex de Angelis; San Marino

(R Denotes Rookie Rider)