The 2015 MotoGP field has been confirmed on the eve of the first official test of the year, with 25 riders set to contest the upcoming season. Two-time champion Marc Marquez will defend his title with Repsol Honda with his four closest rivals from last season remaining with their teams.
The factory ranks have been boosted by the arrival of Suzuki and Aprilia with Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Vinales representing Suzuki while the Gresini-run Aprilia squad will field Alvaro Bautista and the returning Marco Melandri. Honda and Yamaha remain unchanged while Andrea Iannone moves from Ducati’s satellite team to their factory line-up, joining Andrea Dovizioso.
British fans will get the chance to see their leading three riders on factory-spec machines with Cal Crutchlow and Scott Redding running Honda RC213Vs for CWM LCR and Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS respectively. After much speculation through last summer, Bradley Smith is retained at Monster Yamaha Tech 3 as Herve Poncharal leaves his rider line-up unchanged.
While one Laverty brother departs, another arrives in MotoGP with Eugene moving across from World Superbikes to join Drive M7 Aspar, with his elder sibling Michael returning to BSB. The Irishman is one of four rookies on the 2015 grid along with former SBK rival Loris Baz (Forward Racing), Moto3 runner-up Jack Miller and Moto2 star Maverick Vinales.
2015 MotoGP ENTRY LIST
|4||Andrea Dovizioso||Ducati||Ducati Team||Factory|
|6||Stefan Bradl||Forward Yamaha||Forward Racing||Open|
|8||Hector Barbera||Ducati||Avintia Racing||Open|
|9||Danilo Petrucci||Ducati||Pramac Racing||Factory|
|15||Alex de Angelis||ART||Octo IodaRacing Team||Open|
|17||Karel Abraham||Honda||AB Motoracing||Open|
|19||Alvaro Bautista||Aprilia||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Factory|
|25||Maverick Vinales||Suzuki||Team Suzuki MotoGP||Factory|
|26||Dani Pedrosa||Honda||Repsol Honda Team||Factory|
|29||Andrea Iannone||Ducati||Ducati Team||Factory|
|33||Marco Melandri||Aprilia||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Factory|
|35||Cal Crutchlow||Honda||CWM LCR Honda||Factory|
|38||Bradley Smith||Yamaha||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Factory|
|41||Aleix Espargaro||Suzuki||Team Suzuki MotoGP||Factory|
|43||Jack Miller||Honda||CWM LCR Honda||Open|
|44||Pol Espargaro||Yamaha||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Factory|
|45||Scott Redding||Honda||Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS||Factory|
|46||Valentino Rossi||Yamaha||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Factory|
|50||Eugene Laverty||Honda||Drive M7 Aspar||Open|
|63||Mike di Meglio||Ducati||Avintia Racing||Open|
|68||Yonny Hernandez||Ducati||Pramac Racing||Factory|
|69||Nicky Hayden||Honda||Drive M7 Aspar||Open|
|76||Loris Baz||Forward Yamaha||Forward Racing||Open|
|93||Marc Marquez||Honda||Repsol Honda Team||Factory|
|99||Jorge Lorenzo||Yamaha||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Factory|