MotoGP confirms 24-bike 2018 entry list

MotoGP confirms 24-bike 2018 entry list

Avintia has recruited Xavier Siméon, while Takaaki Nakagami has joined LCR Honda on a second machine

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FIM has confirmed the 24-bike entry list for the 2018 MotoGP championship.

While the identities of the 24 participants had already been revealed, it does confirm official team names and rider numbers for the forthcoming campaign.

After several shuffles among top teams over the 2016/17 winter break, there is very little movement prior to 2018, with Honda, Ducati, Yamaha and Suzuki factory teams retaining their current pairings.

There will be four rookies on the grid, with Marc VDS taking on an all-new line-up in the form of Moto2 champion Franco Morbidelli and secondary class veteran Tom Lüthi.

Avintia, meanwhile, has recruited Xavier Siméon, while Takaaki Nakagami has joined LCR Honda on a second machine, the team’s expansion accounting for the additional bike on the 2018 grid.

Elsewhere, current Marc VDS pair Jack Miller and Tito Rabat will link up with Ducati-affiliated Pramac and Avintia respectively, the former replacing Aprilia-bound Scott Redding.

Current MotoGP riders Héctor Barberá, Loris Baz and Sam Lowes will all move to different categories in 2018.

Number / Rider / Nationality / Team / Machine

4 / Andrea Dovizioso / Italian / Ducati Team / Ducati
5 / Johann Zarco / French / Monster Yamaha Tech 3 / Yamaha
9 / Danilo Petrucci / Italian / Octo Pramac Racing/ Ducati
10 / Xavier Siméon / Belgian / Reale Avintia Racing/ Ducati
12 / Thomas Lüthi / Swiss / EG 0,0 Marc VDS / Honda
17 / Karel Abraham / Czech / Pull&Bear Aspar Team* / Ducati
19 / Álvaro Bautista / Spanish / Pull&Bear Aspar Team* / Ducati
21 / Franco Morbidelli  / Italian / EG 0,0 MARC VDS / Honda
25 / Maverick Viñales / Spanish / Movistar Yamaha MotoGP / Yamaha
26 / Dani Pedrosa / Spanish / Repsol Honda Team / Honda
29 / Andrea Iannone / Italian / Team Suzuki Ecstar / Suzuki

30 / Takaaki Nakagami / Japanese / LCR Honda Idemitsu / Honda
35 / Cal Crutchlow / British / LCR Honda Castrol / Honda
38 / Bradley Smith / British / Red Bull KTM Factory Racing / KTM
41 / Aleix Espargaró / Spanish / Aprilia Racing Team Gresini / Aprilia
42 / Álex Rins / Spanish / Team Suzuki Ecstar / Suzuki
43 / Jack Miller / Australian / Octo Pramac Racing / Ducati

44 / Pol Espargaró / Spanish / Red Bull KTM Factory Racing / KTM
45 / Scott Redding / British / Aprilia Racing Team Gresini / Aprilia
46 / Valentino Rossi / Italian / Movistar Yamaha MotoGP / Yamaha
53 / Tito Rabat / Spanish / Reale Avintia Racing / Ducati
93 / Marc Márquez / Spanish / Repsol Honda Team / Honda
94 / Jonas Folger / German / Monster Yamaha Tech 3* / Yamaha
99 / Jorge Lorenzo / Spanish / Ducati Team / Ducati

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