Alan Techer tests his Moto3 machine at Valencia - Photo Credit:

Alan Techer tests his Moto3 machine at Valencia - Photo Credit:


The Moto3 class will have a strong field of competitors for its inaugural season after the FIM published a 32-man entry list on Friday. The 250cc four-stroke category replaces the old 125cc class and despite 2011 champion Nicolas Terol's move up to Moto2, there are plenty of big names with their sights set on Moto3 glory.

Four Grand Prix winners are among the list with Hector Faubel the most successful, boasting eight victories while German duo Jonas Folger and Sandro Cortese also have GP wins to their name. Folger will be the sole entrant for German manufacturer MZ while Cortese will have the hopes of the returning KTM on his shoulders. The 22 year old will also face pressure from within as Danny Kent gets his chance on a factory-spec motorcycle with the Red Bull KTM Ajo team.

Avintia Racing's Maverick Vinales is likely to start as favourite after a stunning rookie season last year. The BQR squad will run an FTR chassis with Honda power as they look to power the 17 year old to the title. The Spaniard will be joined on the 2012 grid by his older cousin Isaac Vinales while Miguel Oliveira will look to renew their rivalry after signing for Monlau Competicion.  Alex Rins, the man who succeeded Maverick as Spanish champion, will make his Grand Prix debut alongside him.

Danny Webb is back as Mahindra gear up for their second season at World Championship level but there is no place for Harry Stafford who impressed last year, not yet anyway, meaning just the two British riders appear on the current entry list.

In total, five rookies will line up on the grid with six others starting their first full seasons, ensuring the new junior class will retain its status as the proving ground for future Grand Prix stars.


Moto3 2012 – Provisional Entry List

No. Rider Motorcycle Team
3  Luigi Morciano Ioda Ioda Racing Project
5  Romano Fenati Ioda Team Italia FMI
7  Efren Vazquez Honda Team Laglisse
8  Jack Miller Honda Techno Racing
9  Toni Finsterbusch Honda Racing Team Germany
10  Alexis Masbou Honda Techno Racing
11  Sandro Cortese KTM Red Bull KTM Ajo
14  Brad Binder Kalex KTM RW Racing GP
19  Alessandro Tonucci Ioda Team Italia FMI
23  Alberto Moncayo Kalex KTM Aspar Team
25  Maverick Viñales FTR Honda Avintia Racing
26  Adrian Martin Honda Team Laglisse
27  Niccolo Antonelli Honda Gresini Racing Moto3
30  Giulian Pedone Oral Phonica Racing
31  Niklas Ajo KTM TT Motion Events Racing
32  Isaac Viñales Honda Ongetta-Centro Seta
39  Luis Salom Kalex KTM RW Racing GP
42  Alex Rins Honda Monlau Competicion
44  Miguel Oliveira Honda Monlau Competicion
51  Kenta Fujii Honda Technomag-CIP
52  Danny Kent KTM Red Bull KTM Ajo
53  Jasper Iwema FGR Honda Moto FGR
55  Hector Faubel Kalex KTM Aspar Team
61  Arthur Sissis KTM Red Bull KTM Ajo
63  Zulfahmi Khairuddin KTM AirAsia-Sic-Ajo
77  Marcel Schrotter Mahindra Mahindra Racing
84  Jakub Kornfeil Honda Redox-Ongetta-Centro Seta
89  Alan Techer Honda Technomag-CIP
94  Jonas Folger MZ MZ Racing Team
95  Miroslav Popov Oral Phonica Racing
96  Louis Rossi Honda Racing Team Gery
99  Danny Webb Mahindra Mahindra Racing