Gino Rea - Photo Credit: WSBK

Rea (centre) after winning the World Supersport race at Brno last year (Photo Credit: WSBK)


Britain will have three riders on the grid in Moto2 next year after the news that Gino Rea will ride for Gresini Racing in 2012. The Londoner tested for the Italian team in November and will make his debut in the intermediate class after being named on the FIM entry list today.

While Rea gets to grips with Grand Prix racing, Bradley Smith and Scott Redding will have their eyes on the top step of the podium. Redding's Marc VDS team have swapped the Suter chassis for the Kalex which won the championship last year and the 19 year old will hope it leads to an upturn in fortunes after a tough season in 2011.

Meanwhile, Smith impressed in his rookie year which included a superb mid-season run of three consecutive podium finishes. His place on the 2013 MotoGP grid is already secured but this year, the Oxford youngster stays with Tech 3's Moto2 squad and will look to start winning races.

Looking at the entry list, Marc Marquez has to go down as favourite given Stefan Bradl's graduation to MotoGP. The Spaniard has the powerful support of Monlau Competicion and Suter and will be the man to beat, assuming he's fully fit.

His greatest threat may also come from a Suter rider with 2010 champion Toni Elias making his return to the series with Aspar. Despite a nightmare year in the premier class, the 28 year old is a proven force at this level. The same can be said for Andrea Iannone and Alex De Angelis, who were third and fourth last year, but both have changed bikes for 2012. The Italian has reverted back to FTR after a year with Suter while De Angelis has gone the other way, joining the Suter-backed Forward Racing team after riding the Motobi last year.

As ever, the Moto2 grid is spiced up by newcomers from the 125cc class and many will be watching reigning champion Nicolas Terol who joins Elias at Aspar. Johann Zarco, his title rival from 2011, maybe a thorn in his side again after taking up the vacant seat at JIR. His teammate will be Eric Granado but not immediately as the Brazilian is still five months short of the minimum age of 16 and will not be allowed to race until Silverstone.

Another name that stands out from the 32-rider field is Elena Rosell who will get a full season after couple of wildcard appearances last year. She will partner Ricard Cardus at the QMMF Racing Team.


Moto2 2012 – Provisional Entry List

No. Rider Constructor Team
3  Simone Corsi FTR Ioda Racing Project
4  Randy Krummenacher Suter GP Team Switzerland
5  Johann Zarco Motobi JIR Moto2
7  Alexander Lundh MZ-RE Honda MZ Racing Team
8  Gino Rea Moriwaki Gresini Racing Moto2
9  Kenny Noyes TBA Arguiñano Racing Team
12  Thomas Luthi Suter Interwetten-Paddock Moto2
14  Ratthapark Wilairot Moriwaki Gresini Racing Moto2
15  Alex De Angelis Suter Forward Racing
18  Nicolas Terol Suter Aspar Team Moto2
19  Xavier Simeon Tech 3 Tech 3 Racing
24  Toni Elias Suter Aspar Team Moto2
29  Andrea Iannone FTR Speed Master
30  Takaaki Nakagami Kalex Italtrans Racing Team
36  Mika Kallio Kalex Marc VDS Racing Team
38  Bradley Smith Tech 3 Tech 3 Racing
40  Pol Espargaro Pons Kalex Pons Racing
44  Roberto Rolfo Suter Technomag-CIP
45  Scott Redding Kalex Marc VDS Racing Team
47  Angel Rodriguez FTR SAG Team
49  Axel Pons Pons Kalex Pons Racing
57  Eric Granado Motobi JIR Moto2
60  Julian Simon FTR Avintia Racing
63  Mike Di Meglio FTR Speed Up
71  Claudio Corti Kalex Italtrans Racing Team
72  Yuki Takahashi Suter Forward Racing
73  Max Neukirchner Kalex Kiefer Racing
77  Dominique Aegerter Suter Technomag-CIP
80  Esteve Rabat Pons Kalex Pons Racing
82  Elena Rosell Moriwaki QMMF Racing Team
88  Ricard Cardus Moriwaki QMMF Racing Team
93  Marc Marquez Suter Monlau Competicion
n/a TBA FTR SAG Team