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2015 MotoGP Team/Rider Lineup Announced

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Next year, Suzuki and Aprilia join the MotoGP circus. With a couple of exceptions (noted below), the rider lineup has been finalized for 2015.

The dominant teams remain unchanged with both Factory Honda and Factory Yamaha seeing the return of their “aliens”, including champion Marc Marquez, Dani Pedrosa, Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi.

Although many bikes are identified as “factory option”, teams without a recent win in MotoGP, including but not limited to Factory Ducati, Suzuki and Aprilia, will have the fuel, tire, engine and testing advantages discussed in our earlier article on the subject.

Suzuki and Aprilia will bring something new to the series, which we hope will add some excitement. They have some talented riders, but breaking the dominance of the top four aliens will be difficult. For 2015, the full factory machines at Yamaha and Honda can continue to use their proprietary, custom software, and this may be where these bikes will continue to have a performance advantage, although that will change for 2016 (when all machines must use Dorna-spec ECUs and software).

# Rider Nat. Team Machine
4
  1. DOVIZIOSO
ITA DUCATI TEAM DUCATI*
6
  1. BRADL
GER NGM FORWARD RACING FORWARD YAMAHA
8
  1. BARBERA
SPA AVINTIA RACING DUCATI
9
  1. PETRUCCI
ITA PRAMAC RACING DUCATI*
17
  1. ABRAHAM
CZE CARDION AB MOTORACING HONDA
19
  1. BAUTISTA
SPA FACTORY APRILIA GRESINI APRILIA*
25
  1. VINALES
SPA TEAM SUZUKI MotoGP SUZUKI*
26
  1. PEDROSA
SPA REPSOL HONDA TEAM HONDA*
29
  1. IANNONE
ITA DUCATI TEAM DUCATI*
35
  1. CRUTCHLOW
GBR CWM LCR HONDA HONDA*
38
  1. SMITH
GBR MONSTER YAMAHA TECH 3 YAMAHA*
41
  1. ESPARGARO
SPA TEAM SUZUKI MotoGP SUZUKI*
43
  1. MILLER
AUS CWM LCR HONDA HONDA
44
  1. ESPARGARO
SPA MONSTER YAMAHA TECH 3 YAMAHA*
45
  1. REDDING
GBR MARC VDS RACING TEAM HONDA*
46
  1. ROSSI
ITA MOVISTAR YAMAHA MotoGP YAMAHA*
50
  1. LAVERTY
IRL DRIVE M7 ASPAR HONDA
63
  1. DI MEGLIO
FRA AVINTIA RACING DUCATI
68
  1. HERNANDEZ
COL PRAMAC RACING DUCATI*
69
  1. HAYDEN
USA DRIVE M7 ASPAR HONDA
76
  1. BAZ
FRA NGM FORWARD RACING FORWARD YAMAHA
93
  1. MARQUEZ
SPA REPSOL HONDA TEAM HONDA*
99
  1. LORENZO
SPA MOVISTAR YAMAHA MotoGP YAMAHA*
TO BE CONFIRMED FACTORY APRILIA GRESINI APRILIA
TO BE CONFIRMED OCTO IODARACING TEAM TBC

* Factory Option

32 Comments

  1. Ricardo says:

    It will only get harder for Marquez to win another championship, we are already seeing it, the Yamahas and even the Ducatis are running upfront, both machines and riders are getting better, so 2015 will be an even more exciting season.

    • Norm G. says:

      re: “It will only get harder for Marquez to win another championship, we are already seeing it”

      ok, but are sure you know what you’re looking at…? ’cause I just saw the Sepang lap record go down like a 2 dollar whore.

      #93, Marcus, 1m 59.791s.

  2. Vrooom says:

    Prediction. First the easy part, Marquez wins the championship. Lorenzo 2nd, Pedrosa 3rd, Rossi 4th, Dovizioso 5th, A. Espargo 6th, Redding 7th, Ianone 8th, Crutchlow 9th, P Espargo 10th. You read it here. I’m a Rossi fan, but I have to realistic, it doesn’t get easier as you get older.

  3. Glen says:

    I hear aprilia will run a hotted up 2002 Falco.

  4. bikerrandy says:

    Is Marquez once again going to use #93 instead of #1 on his bike? Is he superstitious?

  5. Bill says:

    who is developing the Dorna-spec ECUs? Its probably Honda, just like in F1 and Ferrari….

  6. pigiron says:

    Crutchlow doesn’t deserve a factory bike.

    • Norm G. says:

      it’s your lucky day.

      • pigiron says:

        Crutchlow and Redding are both getting factory bikes just as Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith are on the Tech3 Yamaha team and Pretrucci and Hernadez are on the Pramac Ducati team. Honda is just allocating its two second string bikes to different teams. All the other Hondas are “customer” bikes although I hear that they will have more horsepower than the Open Hondas do this year.

        • Norm G. says:

          re: “Crutchlow and Redding are both getting factory bikes”

          this bridge you see behind me…? 50% off.

          • pigiron says:

            Read the article more closely. What exactly do you think that the term “factory option” means? I’ll tell you it means that they will be getting 2015 spec bikes. I will admit that as new parts become available during the season the top team or even just top rider will get them first and the second teams will most likely not but there is still a world of difference between what for instance the Pramac team has versus the Avintia team. A lot bigger difference than between the first string Ducati team and Pramac.

            The current rules allow for each factory to only run four top tier bikes each season.

          • Norm G. says:

            Q: “What exactly do you think that the term “factory option” means?”

            A: f@#%kall.

            it means fluff your pillows and get comfy ’cause the 2nd decade of MotoGP is going to be EXACTLY like the 1st only with many of the reoccurring roles having now been recast with Spaniards.

            unbeknownst, it’s a 2-wheeled “Telenovela”.

          • mickey says:

            it means fluff your pillows and get comfy ’cause the 2nd decade of MotoGP is going to be EXACTLY like the 1st only with many of the reoccurring roles having now been recast with Spaniards.

            And Italians. The two counties who actually give a darn about motorcycle road racing.

    • Dave says:

      Re: “Crutchlow doesn’t deserve a factory bike.”

      He proved otherwise last week in Australia. Besides, only those with the means to supply a factory bike are qualified to make that assessment.

      • Jon says:

        If anyone deserves a shot at a factory ride, it’s Crutchlow.

      • pigiron says:

        “he proved otherwise last week in Australia.”

        Yeah by ***crashing*** out of the race. LOL!!! With Crutchlow it’s always something. He’s basically a bum.

        • Dave says:

          At least ‘Crutch got the satisfaction of running down, passing and dropping Lorenzo before he went down.

          Marquez and 7 other racers crashed out too. Off to Moto2 with them then?

          • pigiron says:

            Crutchlow repeatedly fails to deliver on race day. Lorenzo was on the podium. DNF’s don’t count for squat.

      • pigiron says:

        “only those with the means to supply a factory bike are qualified to make that assessment.”

        Only those who supply factory bikes can make that decision. Millions of MotoGP fans can and do make their own damn assessments whenever they see fit.

  7. xlayn says:

    Prilia and Suz, welcome back, I hope the best for you!