2014 MotoGP RidersThe FIM released the provisional rider-entry list for the 2014 MotoGP Championship. So far, 23 riders are listed, with 11 of those on factory machines (Ducati, Honda, Yamaha).
Much has changed on the grid. For 2014, the biggest change on the factory bikes is Cal Crutchlow’s switch to the Ducati Team, and 2013 Moto2 Champion Pol Espargaro’s jump to the premier class with the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 satellite team.Also, the CRT class has disappeared, and there is now an “Open” class.As for Americans, only two remain following Ben Spies retirement from motorcycle racing. For 2014 MotoGP, Colin Edwards returns on the NGM Mobile Forward Racing team aboard the FTR Yamaha. Nicky Hayden also returns, but not with the factory Ducati Team; Hayden will pilot an RCV1000R in the Open class for the Power Electronics Aspar team.Following is each entry in 2014 MotoGP (rider #, name, nationality, team, manufacturer).2014 MotoGP Provisional Rider Entry List#4 Andrea Dovizioso (Italian), Ducati Team – Ducati *#5, Colin Edwards (USA), NGM Mobile Forward Racing – FTR Yamaha#6, Stefan Bradl (German), LCR Honda MotoGP – Honda *#7, Hiroshi Aoyama (Japanese), Power Electronics Aspar – Honda#8, Hector Barbera (Spanish), Avintia Blusens – FTR#9, Danilo Petrucci (Italian), Iodaracing Project – TBS#17, Karel Abraham (Czech), Cardion AB Motoracing – Honda *#19, Alvaro Bautista (Spanish), GO&FUN Honda Gresini – Honda *#26, Dani Pedrosa (Spanish), Repsol Honda Team- Honda#29, Andrea Iannone (Italian), Pramac Racing – Ducati *#35, Cal Crutchlow (British), Ducati Team – Ducati *#38, Bradley Smith (British), Monster Yamaha Tech 3 – Yamaha *#41, Aleix Espargaro (Spanish), NGM Mobile Forward Racing – FTR Yamaha#44, Pol Espargaro (Spanish), Monster Yamaha Tech 3 – Yamaha *#45, Scott Redding (British), GO&FUN Honda Gresini – Honda#46, Valentino Rossi (Italian), Yamaha Factory Racing – Yamaha *#59, Niccolo Canepa (Italian), Iodaracing Project – TBA#63, Mike Di Meglio (French), Avintia Blusens – FTR#68, Yonny Hernandez (Colombian), Pramac Racing – Ducati#69, Nicky Hayden (USA), Power Electronics Aspar – Honda#70, Michael Laverty (Britsh), Paul Bird Motorsport – PBM/ART#93, Marc Marquez (Spanish), Repsol Honda Team – Honda *#99, Jorge Lorenzo (Spanish), Yamaha Factory Racing – Yamaha *To be confirmed – Paul Bird Motorsport – PBM/ART* = Factory option competitors
This week, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the all new Ducati Monster. Big changes have been made by Ducati–has the company ruined the considerable heritage of the iconic Monster–or are the changes worth it? In the second part of the show, we chat with Nick Ienatsch, Founder and Head Instructor at the Yamaha Champions Riding School. He says: “We aim to change your riding life by introducing you to Champions Habits: The techniques, approaches, skills, and the mindsets of the best riders in the world. These Champions Habits are the foundation of safety and consistency to whatever speed you ride, in any venue on any bike. Street riders, this is just as much for you as track riders. The best way to make safe riders is to make good riders.“ We hope you enjoy this episode!