The 2012 MotoGP grid will be bigger than this by four. Also, sorry Jorge, but Casey gets the number-1 plate.
The latest confirmation in the CRT camp is Danilo Petrucci, who will campaign the Ioda Racing entry. The Italian joins eight other Claiming Rules Teams entries: Colin Edwards, who will retain his number 5 plate aboard the BMW-engine/Suter-chassis Forward Racing project; a two-man Kawasaki/FTR effort from BQR piloted by Ivan Silva and Yonny Hernandez; Randy de Puniet and Aleix Espargaro on Aprilia-powered Aspar Team; another Aprilia-based project from Speed Master with Australian Anthony West and the controls; and James Ellison, who will pilot the Paul Bird Motorsport machine – also Aprilia. The Gresini Honda team’s second bike will also be a CRT, with Michel Pirro on a Honda-powered FTR chassis.
The remaining 12 riders on the grid will race factory-built bikes, with Honda, Yamaha and Ducati each supporting four riders – two factory riders and two satellites. Casey Stoner will campaign the first season of the 1000cc era sporting the number 1 plate aboard his Repsol Honda. The 2010 champion, Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo, returns to number 99.
Moto2 champ Stephan Bradl is notable as the only rookie to score a non-CRT mount. The German will contest his first MotoGP campaign aboard the LCR Honda (with Stoner and Andrea Dovizioso both making memorable rookie runs under the LCR banner). Fellow rookies and Moto2 call-ups include Hernadez, Petrucci and Pirro.
Provisional 2012 MotoGP Entry List
1 Casey Stoner (Repsol Honda)
4 Andrea Dovizioso (Tech 3 Yamaha)
5 Colin Edwards (Forward Racing) BMW/Suter
6 Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda)
8 Hector Barbera (Pramac Racing)
9 Danilo Petrucci (Ioda Racing)
11 Ben Spies (Yamaha Factory)
13 Anthony West (Speed Master) Aprilia
14 Randy de Puniet (Aspar Team) Aprilia
17 Karel Abraham (Cardon AB)
19 Alvaro Bautista (Gresini Honda)
20 Aleix Espargaro (Aspar Team) Aprilia
22 Ivan Silva (BQR) Kawasaki/FTR
26 Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda)
35 Cal Crutchlow (Tech 3 Yamaha)
46 Valentino Rossi (Marlboro Ducati)
51 Michele Pirro (Gresini Honda) Honda/FTR
68 Yonny Hernandez (BQR) Kawasaki-FTR
69 Nicky Hayden (Marlboro Ducati)
77 James Ellison (Paul Bird Racing) Aprilia
99 Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha Factory)