The fourth Moto3 world championship promises to be the most open season yet after the 2015 entry list was published on Monday. With last season’s top three championship finishers all moving up the Grand Prix ladder, just four GP winners will line up on the grid this year with several hungry youngsters looking to grab their opportunity to shine.
With Alex Marquez, Jack Miller and Alex Rins all departing, British duo Danny Kent and John McPhee will be among those looking to make their mark in the lightweight class. As one of the four riders to have won a Grand Prix in their career, Kent will start the season among the title favourites, especially having secured a factory Honda ride with Leopard Racing. Meanwhile, McPhee will look to benefit from the continuity of staying with the same team for consecutive seasons, Saxoprint-RTG having retained the exciting Scot.
Romano Fenati will also head to Qatar among the championship favourites and few riders will start the year under as much pressure as the Italian. Not only does he present KTM’s likeliest shot at the title, but Fenati will also fly the flag for Valentino Rossi’s Sky-backed outfit, and nothing short of a championship challenge will be satisfactory.
Fresh from their maiden wins in 2014, Efren Vazquez and Alexis Masbou will also look to take the next step towards title glory but another crop of rapid rookies are lining up to take their place. The most exciting of all must surely by Fabio Quartararo who will make his debut at just 15 years of age after his CEV Repsol title success allowed him to duck under the age limit. The French hotshot will be charged with the task of filling the outgoing champion’s shoes at Estrella Galicia 0,0.
Red Bull Rookies champion Jorge Martin also arrives with a growing reputation having dominated the Moto3 feeder series in 2014 while Stefano Manzi, who narrowly missed out on the runner-up spot to Martin, will take his place in the San Carlo Team Italia stable.
Daryn Binder is another to graduate from Red Bull Rookies and the South African will join his older brother on the Moto3 grid. Brad Binder could well be a dark horse for the title having filled the void left by Miller at Red Bull KTM Ajo although his new teammate Miguel Oliveira will have similar intentions as he hopes to fulfil his undoubted potential.
In total, 35 riders will make up the grid and even by Moto3 standards, it promises to be as unpredictable as ever.
2015 Moto3 Entry List
|5||Romano Fenati||KTM||Sky Racing Team VR46|
|6||Maria Herrera||Husqvarna||Husqvarna Factory Laglisse|
|7||Efren Vazquez||Honda||Leopard Racing|
|9||Jorge Navarro||Honda||Estrella Galicia 0,0|
|11||Livio Loi||Honda||RW Racing GP|
|12||Matteo Ferrari||Mahindra||San Carlo Team Italia|
|16||Andrea Migno||KTM||Sky Racing Team VR46|
|19||Alessandro Tonucci||Mahindra||Outox Reset Drink Team|
|20||Fabio Quartararo||Honda||Estrella Galicia 0,0|
|21||Francesco Bagnaia||Mahindra||Mapfre Mahindra Team|
|22||Ana Carrasco||KTM||RBA Racing Team|
|29||Stefano Manzi||Mahindra||San Carlo Team Italia|
|31||Niklas Ajo||KTM||RBA Racing Team|
|32||Isaac Vinales||Husqvarna||Husqvarna Factory Laglisse|
|33||Enea Bastianini||Honda||Junior Team Gresini Moto3|
|40||Daryn Binder||Mahindra||Outox Reset Drink Team|
|41||Brad Binder||KTM||Red Bull KTM Ajo|
|44||Miguel Oliveira||KTM||Red Bull KTM Ajo|
|52||Danny Kent||Honda||Leopard Racing|
|55||Andrea Locatelli||Honda||Junior Team Gresini Moto3|
|58||Juanfran Guevara||Mahindra||Mapfre Mahindra Team|
|63||Zulfahmi Khairuddin||KTM||Sepang International Circuit|
|65||Philipp Oettl||KTM||Schedl GP Racing|
|76||Hiroki Ono||Honda||Leopard Racing|
|84||Jakub Kornfeil||KTM||Sepang International Circuit|
|88||Jorge Martin||Mahindra||Mapfre Mahindra Team|
|91||Gabriel Rodrigo||KTM||RBA Racing Team|
|98||Karel Hanika||KTM||Red Bull KTM Ajo|