Moto2 and Moto3 2018 entry lists revealed

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Moto2 and Moto3 2018 entry lists revealed
David Gruz
By: David Gruz
Nov 9, 2017, 11:16 AM

The entry lists for the 2018 Moto2 and Moto3 seasons have been revealed, consisting of 33 and 28 riders respectively.

A 33-strong Moto2 entry list confirms reports of Kiefer Racing switching to KTM bikes, and that it will field Sandro Cortese along with Dominique Aegerter - leaving Tarran Mackenzie without a ride.

Also officially confirming their line-ups are Italtrans, which is sticking with Mattia Pasini and Andrea Locatelli, and Honda Team Asia, which has recruited Tetsuta Nagashima to replace MotoGP-bound Takaaki Nakagami.

Headlining the Moto2 field are Hector Barbera and Sam Lowes, who lost their MotoGP rides at Avintia Ducati and Aprilia respectively.

Barbera will ride for Pons alongside Lorenzo Baldassarri, while Lowes joins Thomas Luthi's former Interwetten team, officially titled as CGBM Evolution on the entry list.

Marc VDS will replace this year's champion Franco Morbidelli with Moto3 champion Joan Mir, whose main rival Romano Fenati will also make the step up with his team Marinelli Rivacold Snipers.

Jules Danilo and Bo Bendsneyder also make the step up from Moto3, joining SAG and Tech 3 respectively.

Six different chassis manufacturers will be represented next year, with dominant brand Kalex continuing to supply the majority of teams.

KTM expands to six bikes across three outfits, while the remaining four marques - Suter, Tech 3, Speed Up and newcomer NTS - supply two bikes each.

2018 Moto2 line-up:

Team

Riders

Bike

Marc VDS

 Alex Marquez

 Joan Mir

Kalex

Ajo KTM

 Miguel Oliveira

 Brad Binder

KTM

Sky Racing Team VR46

 Francesco Bagnaia

 Luca Marini

Kalex

Pons Racing

 Hector Barbera

 Lorenzo Baldassarri

Kalex

CGBM Evolution

 Sam Lowes

 Iker Lecuona

KTM

Forward Racing

 Stefano Manzi

 Eric Granado

Kalex

Marinelli Rivacold Snipers  Romano Fenati Kalex
Dynavolt Intact GP

 Xavi Vierge

 Marcel Schrotter

Suter

Speed Up

 Danny Kent

 Fabio Quartararo

Speed Up

Tasca Racing

 Simone Corsi

 Federico Fuligni

Kalex

Gresini Moto2  Jorge Navarro Kalex
Tech 3

 Bo Bendsneyder

 Remy Gardner

Tech 3

Kiefer Racing

 Dominique Aegerter

 Sandro Cortese

KTM

RW Racing

 Joe Roberts

 Steven Odendaal

NTS

Italtrans

 Andrea Locatelli

 Mattia Pasini

Kalex

Honda Team Asia

 Tetsuta Nagashima

 Khairul Idham Pawi

Kalex

SAG

 Isaac Vinales

 Jules Danilo

Kalex

Raceline Malaysia

 Hafizh Syahrin

Kalex

In Moto3, with Mir and Fenati gone, Estrella Galicia's Aron Canet and Gresini duo of Jorge Martin and Fabio Di Giannantonio are the highest-placed returnees in the 28-strong field.

After a disappointing season with Estrella Galicia, last year's runner-up Enea Bastianini, along with former Mahindra rider Lorenzo Dalla Porta, will switch to Mir's Leopard Racing outfit.

With Mahindra leaving the series at the end of 2017, Aspar, CIP and Prustel GP (which runs rebranded Mahindras as 'Peugeots') will all switch to KTM machinery, creating a near-even split between Honda and KTM on the 2018 grid.

Notable rookies include CEV Moto3 champion Dennis Foggia, who joins the Sky VR46 team, Bester Capital Dubai (formerly Platinum Bay) rider Jaume Masia and Estrella Galicia recruit Alonso Lopez.

2018 Moto3 line-up:

TeamRidersBike
Leopard Racing

 Enea Bastianini

 Lorenzo Dalla Porta

Honda

Estrella Galicia

 Aron Canet

 Alonso Lopez

Honda

Sky Racing VR46

 Nicolo Bulega

 Dennis Foggia

KTM

Gresini Moto3

 Jorge Martin

 Fabio di Giannantonio

Honda

Aspar Team

 Andrea Migno

 Albert Arenas

KTM

Marinelli Rivacold Snipers  Tony Arbolino Honda
SIC58 Squadra Corse

 Niccolo Antonelli

 Tatsuki Suzuki

Honda

Bester Capital Dubai

 Marcos Ramirez

 Jaume Masia

KTM

Schedl GP  Philipp Oettl KTM
Prustel GP

 Marco Bezzecchi

 Jakub Kornfeil

KTM

CIP

 John McPhee

 Makar Yurchenko

KTM
Petronas Sprinta Racing

 Ayumu Sasaki

 Adam Norrodin

Honda
Red Bull KTM Ajo

 Darryn Binder

KTM 
Honda Team Asia

 Kaito Toba

 Nakarin Athiratphuvapat

Honda 
RBA BOE

 Gabriel Rodrigo

 Juanfran Guevara

KTM 
Reale Stylobike

 Livio Loi

KTM
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