The FIM has released the provisional 2017 MotoGP rider-entry list, which features 23 riders from seven countries: Spain, Italy, France, the UK, Czech Republic, Germany and Australia. For the second-straight year, MotoGP won’t feature any American riders–neither will Moto2 or Moto3. The last American rider to compete was Nicky Hayden, who moved to World Superbike for 2016 with the factory Honda team.The 2017 MotoGP riders will compete across six different manufacturers: Honda, Yamaha, Ducati, Suzuki, Aprilia and KTM.
The biggest changes in regards to the 2017 schedule begin with Jorge Lorenzo. After nine years and three MotoGP titles with Yamaha, the Spaniard moves to Ducati Team, where he joins returning rider Andrea Dovizioso.Filling Lorenzo’s vacancy on the factory Yamaha YZR-M1 is Maverick Vinales, a transplant from the factory Suzuki team. Vinales will compete next to nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi.The 2017 Team Ecstar Suzuki team will consist of Andrea Iannone, who left Ducati, and Moto2-transplant Alex Rins. The factory Honda team returns with reigning MotoGP Champion Marc Marquez and Repsol Honda.The newest factory team–the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team–will feature two riders aboard the new RC16: Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro.
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Motos and Friends—the weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling.
My name is Arthur Coldwells.
In this week’s first segment, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the much anticipated Yamaha MT-10 SP. That’s the model with the Ohlins semi-active suspension. It’s only been available in Europe for the last couple of years, but finally the good news is, that it’s coming to America. The big question is, whether the extra 3k you’re going to have to pony up for the Ohlins is actually worth it, or perhaps there’s just not that much improvement over the stock KYB suspension that has suited the Yamaha MT-10 so well until now?
In the second segment, Associate Editor Teejay Adams chats with Val Collins. Val grew up on motorcycles and learned to love speed, however her real love is Formula 1 tunnel-boat racing. These are the guys and gals that are strapped into a tiny cockpit and then hurtle down the straights at 120 mile per hour and pull 5G in the corners. We attended the recent season finale in Lake Havasu and watched our friend Mike Quindazzi try to take the win. Val chats with Teejay about her love for two-wheels and tunnel-boats. Yeah, it’s crazy stuff.
From all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode and have a great Thanksgiving Holiday!