The 2015 Moto3 Rider Line Up So Far: Still Plenty Of Question Marks

While the rider line up for the MotoGP is very near to being settled, there are still a lot of things up in the air in the Moto3 class. Though the teams were all required to submit their official entries, and pay a deposit to secure their rides at Aragon, there were only a few official announcements by the end of the weekend. Enough, however, to make a rundown of the latest developments for the 2013 season.

Though this year's title protagonists will be moving on to better things - Jack Miller to MotoGP, Alex Marquez and Alex Rins to Moto2 - the Red Bull KTM and Estrella Galicia teams are likely to be at the forefront in 2015 as well. With the Red Bull KTM team having signed Miguel Oliveira and Brad Binder, they are the team which looks most likely to be fighting for the title, against Team Sky VR46's Romano Fenati. The Estrella Galicia team will have a couple of rookies in Fabio Quartararo and Maria Herrera, while Jorge Navarro will have learned a great deal during his first half season in Moto3 replacing Livio Loi.

Enea Bastianini will be remaining with Gresini, but the team has been tempted away from KTM and on to Honda, the Japanese factory taking a keen interest in the sensational Italian rookie. Bastianini has been impressive in his first season in Moto3, and has overshadowed the other Red Bull Rookies who joined the class. Karel Hanika may have had the upper hand when he raced in the Rookies, but so far, Bastianini has been the better rider. Perhaps with a year of adapting to Grand Prix racing, Hanika's potential will start to show through.

Jorge Martin will be hoping to follow the example of Bastianini rather than Hanika. The young Spaniard won the 2014 Red Bull Rookies title with relative ease, and has been signed to race for Aspar. Aspar are now the factory Mahindra team, and should be capable of pushing the project forward for the Indian manufacturer. 

Mahindra may have lost Brad Binder to KTM, but they will be getting Binder's younger brother Darryn as compensation. The young South African is moving up to take the place of Brad Binder in the Ambrogio Racing team aboard a Mahindra. The Binder pairing brings the number of brothers racing in Grand Prix to three, along with the Espargaros and the Marquez' brothers. As an side, Aleix Espargaro will not only be racing in MotoGP, but also running a team, having applied for two seats in Moto3. 

One of the biggest problems for the teams was the disappearance of Kalex. KTM decided not to support outside chassis builders from next season, leaving the teams currently racing Kalex KTMs scrambling for alternatives. Many appear to have turned to Honda, the NSF250RW proving a much more competitive machine than the first version of the bike. Both Kiefer Racing and RW Racing have made the switch, with more expected to follow suit.

Below are the Moto3 signings made so far:

Red Bull KTM Ajo
Miguel Oliveira KTM
Brad Binder KTM
Karel Hanika KTM
Team Calvo
Isaac Viñales Husqvarna
Alexis Masbou Honda
John McPhee Honda
Ongetta Rivacold
Niccolo Antonelli Honda
Ambrogio Racing
Darryn Binder Mahindra
Alessandro Tonucci Mahindra
Juanfran Guevara Mahindra
Jorge Martin Mahindra
Team Sky VR46
Romano Fenati KTM
Andrea Migno KTM
Sepang Circuit
Zulfahmi Khairuddin KTM
Kiefer Racing
Danny Kent Honda
Hiroki Ono? Honda
Enea Bastianini Honda
Andrea Locatelli Honda
Estrella Galicia 0,0
Fabio Quartararo Honda
Jorge Navarro Honda
Maria Herrera Honda

Press releases announcing various Moto3 signings and projects:

Red Bull KTM Ajo sign Brad Binder for 2015

Red Bull KTM Ajo are proud to announce the signing of South African as team’s new rider for next season’s Moto3 World Championship.


Three-time World Championship winning team in the lower cylinder class (125cc in 2008 and 2010, Moto3 in 2012) Red Bull KTM Ajo have reached an agreement with Brad Binder for next year. This past weekend at MotorLand Aragon, Team Manager Aki Ajo and the South African rider struck a deal for their collaboration in next season’s Moto3 World Championship. This will be the fourth full year that Binder has competed in Grand Prix racing.

Brad Binder, 19, made ​​the leap to World Championship via the Red Bull Rookies Cup, where he raced for three seasons. Born in the town of Potchefstroom (South Africa) on August 11th, 1995, he has improved year-after-year and managed to take his first podium this season with second at the German Grand Prix. Already in 2014 he has more points to his name than in the entirety of 2013, with 4 races still remaining. His continuous upward progression has been valued by the Red Bull KTM Ajo as suitable for him to ride their KTM machinery in the Moto3 World Championship.

Aki Ajo - Team Manager

"I am thrilled to start this journey together with Brad [Binder]. I have seen that he is a rider who is highly motivated and eager to grow in the World Championship. One can see that Brad is a great person, calm and hard worker in a team, respecting all those who cooperate with him. He has great potential and I think that with the team, KTM, Red Bull and other large partners that support us, next year he can show this for the first time on the track. We will do this together."

Brad Binder - Moto3 rider

"Honestly, the feeling after joining Red Bull KTM Ajo is truly amazing. Since I started in Moto3 my goal has been to join a top team like this. Entering such an important structure as the KTM factory team, with partners like Red Bull and other large enterprises, is a unique opportunity. This will be a great chance for me and it's time to show what I can really do.

Being on this team, the target cannot be anything less than to fight to place as high up as possible. We have potential to do so, we have the perfect bike-team package to attempt it, and I am excited about the future."

Darryn Binder and Alessandro Tonucci with WWR in 2015

From Binder to Binder. World Wide Race, the Company that owns and manages the team competing in the Moto3 World Championship this year as Ambrogio Racing, has decided for Darryn Binder as team mate of Alessandro Tonucci next season. Darryn, 16 and currently competing in the Rookies Cup, is Brad Binder's younger brother. The same Brad who is playing a leading role in Ambrogio Racing's racing season, and will move to another team next year. The Binder family will be currently the third to entry two brother in the same class of the World Championship.

Darryn Binder “Since the start of the season I've been watching closely what my brother does in the box, trying to learn as much as I can about the data and all that, because I never worked to anything like that before. My brother and I are very close, so we are always together: he shows and teaches me everything he can and I try to learn as much as possible. It's probably five years since I've been racing against him – it was in the 125cc, South African championship. To be honest, I don't know what to expect from the next season. For sure I'll do the best I can. As always. Let's see how it goes”.

Brad Binder “It's really good to have back my brother competing in my same championship after a while. The first year is always to be difficult for everybody, in the World Championship, and I'm so glad to see him here and in this team. An advise? To be honest, my only one is do not expect too much too soon, because unfortunately in GP nothing happens overnight. It takes time and efforts, but I know my brother is a really good rider and I'm sure he will handle it all well”.

Fiorenzo Caponera (Team Manager) “I've been quite a long in this business, but something like this did never happen to me before. When I think to it, I say to myself: well, it is not going to be different from other seasons; our team loves to work and rise young riders, and we did it so many times. We did it with Brad, and are going to repeat the experience with Darryn. We are happy to welcome him as a full time member of the team, after a year in which we saw the guy so often in the garage with his big brother. And are very happy to continue our relationship with the Binder family: we did and are doing a good job together and are going to do a good one also in the future”.

Team Aspar incorporate young champion Jorge Martín into Moto3 ranks

The Spanish rising star shows great promise, as the new winner of the Rookies Cup, heading for the World Championship ready for anything

True to form and building from the ground up, nurturing young motorcycle talent, the Aspar Team have decided to incorporate Jorge Martín into their ranks. The Spaniard is the recently crowned new champion of the Rookies Cup. The rider was the series runner-up last year and has dominated the junior championship this season. Martin, a 16 year-old from San Sebastián de los Reyes, arrives in the World Championship keen to continue developing in one of the best teams in Moto3.

The Aspar Team therefore enjoys an optimistic outlook preparing for next season. The Valencian squad will also become the official team of the Indian giant Mahindra in the Moto3 category, as was recently announced. It will also feature one of the best young Spanish talents, Jorge Martín. He has spent most of his young career in the Bancaja Cuna de Campeones, a successful format devised and designed by the Aspar Team. The good feelings are enhanced with the news of the confirmation that Juanfran Guevara will also continue with the Valencian team. Since joining the Aspar Team the Lorca rider has continued to grow, becoming one of the strongest riders in the lightweight category in the second half of the season.

The Aspar Team has high hopes for next season and the new collaboration with Mahindra. The riders will be Juanfran Guevara and Jorge Martín, although the Spanish team is not ruling out a surprise announcement in the near future. The team's efforts will be fully focused on Moto3 next season, with it’s Moto2 project temporarily delayed.

Jorge Martínez 'Aspar': "Firstly congratulations to Jorge for winning the Rookies Cup. The whole project with Mahindra excites us greatly. I’m happy with this new challenge that will involve both the new World Junior series and the Moto3 World Championship. Undoubtedly Jorge Martin is a rider who has earned the respect of us all, he is doing very well and deserves a chance, so let's go for it. In the future I hope to continue seeing him as a star in big races. He is eager to do things the right way. I like him because he is a fighter who wants to learn and always tries to improve himself. I talked to him and I already mentioned some aspects that we would like to improve on. Most importantly though, with him being so young, is to continue with the vision and desire to take risks and grow. He is young and now is the perfect time to soak in everything that happens around him, both in training and racing."

Jorge Martin: "I'm living an amazing experience, I hope to continue enjoying and learning a lot from my jump up to the World Championship. Lately I'm having trouble sleeping due to excitement as I have wanted to start working with the Aspar Team already. I am convinced that I am joining a very close team. For me they are one of the best in the World Championship and have always been a top team. I hope to match up to the opportunity. Jorge told me that he hopes I enjoy every moment and to try to learn everything I can. The important thing now is to continue to grow as a rider. Looking from outside, the Moto3 class seems to be very hard, but I think I'm a strong rider and I hope to adapt as quickly as possible. I consider myself a consistent rider and I try to improve every time I go on track. That's what makes me go fast."

RW Racing GP with Honda and one rider in Moto3 2015

The Dutch RW Racing GP team will compete with Honda and one rider in the Moto3 class in 2015. The team is talking with a number of riders, amongst who current RW Racing GP rider Scott Deroue.

Team manager Jarno Janssen is delighted with today’s announcement that Eurosport has gotten the broadcasting rights for the Netherlands and Belgium, meaning that the practices and races of the Moto3 class will be live on an open channel for the next four years. “First of all we are very happy to have a competitive bike for next year. We thank Honda for this token of faith, which means a lot to us, given the fact that we are going through a difficult year that doesn’t match the expectations we all had. This has been one of the reasons we are cut back to one rider for next year, but we hope to be back with a line-up of two riders in 2016.”

Which rider will be on the bike in 2015, is still a matter of negotiations. Team manager Janssen: “A number of riders have shown their interest to ride with us and there are some serious options with top riders as well as young talents. Scott Deroue is one of them. It isn’t just a matter of nationality or budget, Honda has an opinion too.”

Having a competitive bike again and with Moto3 back on an open channel in RW Racing GP’s home country, Janssen sees new opportunities for a team sponsor. “We are negotiating with a few big companies about a long term relationship. Moto3 is an extremely popular class with spectacular races. As a team we have shown we can be running for podium positions. We hope to be back in front next year.”

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He's the one to watch next year, kid charges so hard. Interested to see what he can do if he begins qualifying near the pointy end consistently, he's not afraid to bash fairings or snap straight back. Reminiscent of certain other Italians...AND he's from Rimini...

Of course this is premature, but he just seems to have something in his personality and riding style that is over and above what, say, Fenati brings to the grid.

is Miguel Oliveira become Moto3 world champion and I truly believe he will be able to do it. Gotta put an eye on Bastianini, Quartararo and Binder though.

I hope Nick Harris can learn how to pronounce Bastianini's name correctly. It's annoying to hear him say Bastaini all the time. Since it seems the kid is headed for better things, he would be sparing himself of some embarrassment at the press conferences.

... and while he's at it, he could also learn to say Álvaro and not "Alváro" and Bautista instead of "Batista", and for god's sake, Brno (pronounced "Burno", not "Bruno"). A little effort would be appreciated.

Wonder where Efren Vazquez will go now that he has reached the age limit for Moto3?