2020 FIM MotoGP™ World Championship Provisional Entry Lists | Check out next season's provisional entry lists for all three classes

2020 FIM MotoGP™ World Championship Provisional Entry Lists

2020 FIM MotoGP™ World Championship Provisional Entry Lists

2020 FIM MotoGP™ World Championship Provisional Entry Lists

2020 FIM MotoGP™ World Championship Provisional Entry Lists

2020 FIM MotoGP™ World Championship Provisional Entry Lists

2020 FIM MotoGP™ World Championship Provisional Entry Lists
2020 FIM MotoGP™ World Championship Provisional Entry Lists
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Check out next season's provisional entry lists for all three classes

The official entry lists for the 2020 MotoGP™, Moto2™ and Moto3™ World Championships have been announced. All three classes feature important changes throughout, Whilst Moto2™ and Moto3™ have team changes too. From Alex Marquez moving to the Repsol Honda Team in the premier class to swaps at Leopard Racing in Moto3™, there’s plenty to get used to as 2020 commences.

The MotoGP™ grid is now confirmed, with Alex Marquez graduating to Repsol Honda last night. From Cervera, he takes over the ride left vacant by Jorge Lorenzo and joins his brother Marc in 2020. The other two new recruits come from KTM, with the arrival of Brad Binder within the official team. The South African, who now sports the No. 33, was initially recruited by the Red Bull KTM Tech3 Team, so the structure led by Hervé Poncharal has decided to turn to Iker Lecuona to accompany Miguel Oliveira, with the Spaniard replacing the Portuguese rider during Valencian round.

The first notable fact in Moto2™ is the disappearance of the KTM chassis. From now on, the American Racing KTM and Red Bull KTM Ajo teams will be provided by Kalex. Whilst KTM leave, new faces join the grid, starting with Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Italtrans Racing Team), Andi Farid Izdihar (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia), Marcos Ramirez (American Racing), Aron Canet (Angel Nieto Team), Kasma Daniel Bin Kasmayudin (ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team) and Edgar Pons (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2).

Other riders are changing teams, as Nicolò Bulega joins the Federal Oil Gresini Moto2. Similarly, for Sam Lowes and Simone Corsi, now with EG 0.0 Marc VDS and MV Agusta Temporary Forward respectively. Jesko Raffin (NTS RW Racing GP), Tetsuta Nagashima (Red Bull KTM Ajo), Hafizh Syahrin (Angel Nieto Team), who returns from MotoGP™, Marco Bezzecchi (Sky Racing Team VR46), Jake Dixon (Petronas Sprinta Racing) and Xavi Vierge (Petronas Sprinta Racing).

Eight rookies will compete in this category: Ryusei Yamanaka (Estrella Galicia 0.0), Jason Dupasquier (Pruestel GP), Jeremy Alcoba (Kömmerling Gresini Moto3), Deniz Öncü (Red Bull KTM Tech3), Barry Baltus (Pruestel GP), who will come later in the season due to being under the minimum age, Maximilian Kofler (CIP - Green Power), Yuki Kunii (Honda Team Asia) and Carlos Tatay (Reale Avintia Arizona 77).

As in Moto2™, there’s plenty of changes: Jaume Masia (Leopard Racing), Dennis Foggia (Leopard Racing), Filip Salac (Snipers Team), Andrea Migno (Sky Racing Team VR46), Alonso Lopez (Sterilgarda Max Racing Team), Romano Fenati (Sterilgarda Max Racing Team) – now a two-man team – Raúl Fernández (Red Bull KTM Ajo), Kaito Toba (Ajax Red Bull KTM), Ayumu Sasaki (Red Bull KTM Tech3), Stefano Nepa (Angel Nieto Team) and Khairul Idham Pawi (Petronas Sprinta Racing), all feature in Moto3™.

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Guy Martin, speed record at 217 km/h-135 mph...with a tractor

Guy Martin, speed record at 217 km/h-135 mph...with a tractor

Every motorist knows the frustration of being stuck behind a slow tractor.

 

Thus begins the description of the site of the Guinness Book of Records, which continues: there’s no danger of that happening here though. British enginnering firm JCB has made the world’s fastest tractor (modified), and who better to drive it than lorry mechanic, motorcycle racer and thrill seeker Guy Martin.

Guy already has records for the the fastest speed on a gravity-powered snow sled (134.368 km/h 83.49 mph), the fastest soapbox (137.78 km/h 85.61 mph) and highest speed on a Wall of Death (25.77 km/h 78.15 mph).

For his latest attempt, Guy was to take on the challenge of setting a new tractor speed record not once but twice, at the wheel of a JCB Fastrac (usual top speed, 41 mph).

He initially achieved a new record of 166.79 km/h (103.64 mph) before going even faster by reaching 217.570 km/h (135.191 mph).

What can we say? Absolute myth!

Valencia Test midday: new year, new bikes

Valencia Test midday: new year, new bikes

Fabio Quartararo tops the times at the halfway stage on Day 1, Yamaha debut their 2020 M1

The 2020 MotoGP™ World Championship is underway as the traditional test in Valencia commences. This provides the first look at new team line-ups, along with new motorcycles, that are rolled out and put through their paces, giving us the first glimpse of what is to come in the forthcoming season. As of 13:00 local time (GMT+1), Petronas Yamaha SRT rider Fabio Quartararo tops the times, with a lap of 1'30.599.

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Alex Marquez rides his first laps as a Repsol Honda rider

In terms of tyre allocation for the test, the same slick and wet compounds are available. For front tyres, there are five soft, six medium and five hard, whilst for the rear, there are five soft – with three being a new construction tested at Phillip Island – medium and hard. A new construction tyre aimed at 2021 is available to all. The medium compound, which is the same as the race weekend, with each rider having two. Designed to improve corner entry, this was tested at Misano.

HRC test rider Stefan Bradl was the first rider to take to the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, as the German rider dialled in laps with a new 2020 chassis. Reigning Moto2™ World Champion Alex Marquez left the pitlane for his full-time MotoGP™ debut with just under six hours to go. Jumping aboard the 2019-spec RC213V for the first time, eight laps into his programme, Marquez crashed at Turn 10 – rider ok. Marc Marquez was also out on a new chassis and fired in a time to hit top spot.

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Alex Marquez & Repsol Honda: limits found!

For the Ducati Team, Andrea Dovizioso was out on the new GP20 machine.

Over at Yamaha, a new engine was at the disposal for nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi and 2013 Moto3™ World Champion Maverick Viñales. Having initially ventured out on the 2019 machine, both ‘The Doctor’ and Viñales took the 2020 YZR M1 out on to the Circuit Ricardo Tormo.

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What's new with Yamaha at the Valencia Test?

Aprilia Factory Racing’s Bradley Smith had a crash at Turn 9 with just over an hour of the first session to go, which prompted a Red Flag in order to retrieve the RS-GP safely. Smith himself was ok. The session was soon back underway with most riders taking to the circuit and setting lap times.

Three-time World Champion Dani Pedrosa was on track for the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing, approximately an hour and a half after Pol Espargaro and Brad Binder first ventured out. Both Esparagro and Pedrosa are testing new KTM chassis.

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Binder's first laps as a factory KTM rider

At 13:00 local time the standings were:

  1. Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT) 1:30.599
  2. Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) + 0.051
  3. Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) + 0.193
  4. Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) + 0.195
  5. Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) + 0.359
  6. Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) + 0.375
  7. Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) + 0.531
  8. Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) + 0.550
  9. Danilo Petrucci (Ducati Team) + 0.834
  10. Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar) + 0.909
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Puig: "Alex in Honda because he's a champion, not because he's a Marquez"

Puig: "Alex in Honda because he's a champion, not because he's a Marquez"

The sun has by now set on the Valencia paddock, but the lights shine on Alberto Puig and his statement formalizing the arrival of Alex Marquez in the Repsol Honda official team, alongside his brother Marc. It's up to the Honda team manager to answer the questions regarding this decision.

"After Lorenzo's decision to retire at the end of the year, we started thinking about who could replace him. We arrived at a decision in the last few hours," he explained.

What were the reasons?

"Because of his results on the track and not because of his last name, I want to be clear. The starting point of our reasoning was that he's the Moto2 world champion. If he weren't, we wouldn't have given him this opportunity. Honda is looking for a rider for the future, and Alex is young."

Isn't it a risk for him to be in direct confrontation because of his brother?

"Racing is always risky," he said, laughing.

So you had no doubt?

"We think we made the right decision. Like I said, we must not consider his name but the fact that he's a world champion and, as such, he deserves this possibility."

Did you talk to Marc before deciding?

"Marc did not interfer in this decision at all. It's normal that he'd like to have his brother on the same team, but he didn't push in this direction. Our conversations were with Alex and his manager, Emilio Alzamora, not with Marc."

Why only a one-year contract?

"To put him on a par with the other riders. Everyone's contract will expire by the end of 2020."

Won't this put more pressure on him?

"I don't think it's the pressure, but the difficulty in the MotoGP itself. Pressure is something you have to learn to manage when you race a championship. Alex will have to learn many things and improve his level to adapt to the MotoGP, but he's the first to be aware that he'll need time."

Do you think Marc and Alex can become true rivals?

"This is up to them to decide. Without a doubt, this is a particular situation. I don't think there have ever been two brothers in the same team in the MotoGP before. It definitely won't be a distraction for Marc. He only thinks about winning," he laughed.

Will it be difficult to manage two brothers together?

"Honestly, with my personality, I don't really care much," he said. laughing. Every rider, like every person, is different, so you have to treat him in a different way. I know how to best deal with Marc, and I'll try to do the same with Alex."

Have you thought of Crutchlow or Nakagami as a companion for Marc, with Alex in LCR?

"The situation was that the Repsol Honda team was left without a rider. We had to find a replacement for our team, not for others."

Which bike will Alex try tomorrow and with which team?

"He'll try the 2019 version of the RC213V, and he'll do it with Lucio Cecchinello's structure. From an operative viewpoint, it's the optimal situation because Marquez will try the 2020 prototype and Stefan Bradl will do the same with the team that was Lorenzo's."

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