Another Bumper Crop Of Moto2 Teams Accepted For 2011

The Moto2 class produces a huge dilemma for the organizers of the MotoGP championship. The huge entry field has proven to cause major problems at the start, with multiple-rider pile ups in the first corner a firm fixture during Moto2 races. And yet the class has been extremely popular, producing close, exciting racing, and throwing up plenty of surprise contenders. 

The class has also functioned extremely well as a proving ground for the future of MotoGP, shaking out the best of the chassis manufacturers and priming them for the new MotoGP formula in 2012, which will see heavily modified production engines in prototype chassis compete against factory prototypes. Specialist engineering outfits around the world, such as British firm FTR and the Swiss-based Suter, have seized the opportunity of building Moto2 chassis and are pondering the lessons learned when it comes to working on chassis for MotoGP bikes. Moto2 has done much the same for the teams and team personnel, separating the goats from the sheep and readying them to take on running a 2012 MotoGP production prototype when the rules change.

So it is imperative to keep as much interest in the class as possible, while avoiding the carnage that is so often a feature of the class. At Motegi, the FIM, Dorna and IRTA met and found a compromise to restrict the number of Moto2 entries without a wholesale clean-out of the grid. 15 teams have been accepted as entries for the 2011 championship, fielding a total of 29 riders. No surprises among the names accepted, with all of the teams having at least scored regular points during the season. Riders are, for the most part, still unknown; the teams have until October 30th to pay their 20,000 euro security deposit and submit formal rider names.

Below is the text of the press release announcing the entries for 2011:

Moto2 Class 2011 FIM MotoGP World Championship

The Selection Committee comprising delegates of the FIM, Dorna and IRTA met on 30 September in Motegi to select the teams which will be invited to participate in 2011.

The committee considered applications from 36 teams applying for 61 places.

15 teams comprising 29 riders were accepted. A limited number of other teams have been placed on a pending list to be considered later for the remaining places. It was unfortunately necessary to refuse applications from a significant number of other teams, mainly those currently competing in other classes or Championships.

Accepted teams now have until 30 October to confirm their riders and lodge a security deposit with IRTA. Should any of the accepted teams propose riders not acceptable to the Committee, or if the security deposit is not paid, then consideration will be given to other teams.


  • Forward Racing
  • Gresini Racing
  • Interwetten Moriwaki Moto2 *
  • Jack & Jones by A. Banderas
  • JIR Moto2
  • Mapfre Aspar Team
  • Marc VDS Racing
  • MZ Motor
  • Racing Team By Quereseno
  • Speed Up
  • Stop and Go Racing Team
  • Tech 3 Racing
  • Technomag CIP
  • Tenerife 40 Pons
  • Viessman Kiefer Racing

 * One entry only. All other teams two entries.

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Moto2 a very popular class? As far as the number of entries is concerned, yes. Because small chassis builders can run in a class that's run under the name of GP. And for people watching racing for the crashes, yes, it's fun. But come on, it's like a national cup class. There's lots of lower national classes and single-brand Cups that also produce mayhem and close racing, why not call those GP's as well. GP's are losing their magic when it all becomes standardized and restricted. I want to see the pinnacle of motorcycle technology, not a mildly tuned CBR600 engine in a different frame, especially when you are not even allowed to make the engine faster. What's next, speed limits?
And as for the MotoGP class: first they were not allowing tuned road bike engines under the same technical rules, as if the prototype race bikes were a weaker species (now that would be strange, if the factories could not beat their own road bikes), and now they are allowing the bikes with road bike engines to have a couple of advantages, like more engines and more fuel. Plus a long and confusing list of different restrictions for real prototypes and modified 'Moto1' bikes. It's becoming a very complicated mix-up of GP, Superbike and CB500 Cup rules.
Sure there must be progress also in the regulations, because everything else also progresses, but i.m.o. they are moving down a confused and questionable path.

It seems as if all the sanctioning bodies are moving down a path where "close racing" is the Holy Grail. They appear to have completely forgotten that the machinery is an important component as well.
Look at the history of Formula 1. It grew into by far the most watched motorsport on the planet with hardly a pass ever taking place!
A MotoGP formula doesn't have to be complicated. You don't even need cylinder or displacement limits. Restrict total bore area to 200 cm^2 and fuel to 25 liters, current minimum weight and let them race.

thank you professor! extremely well summed up. and as I've been trying to point out all season long even the holy Grail of close racing isn't there. with the exception of 4 rounds the others were massive runaway victories with the close racing going on for 3rd or even lower. just like motogp. except without the technology.

and the current crop of motogp guys think the moto2 class is bunk in preparing riders for what's supposed to be he top tier of motorcycle racing...

it's an interesting experiment but as long as engines are spec the GP moniker is a lie...

Rome wasn't built in a day, and Dorna are clearly in the midst of a learning process (they forgot crash protection). I don't think Moto2 is a travesty as it is right now b/c the 250s were going bankrupt; however, I do agree the class needs a bit of a technological lift.

I know this is impossible, but.......

I would love to see them use the current 800s in Moto2. Rev limited to 12,500 rpm and compression limited to 13.5:1. I reckon that's around 150hp, and with fewer revs, lower compression, and richer mixtures I think 10,000km service intervals might be possible. If so, it might be feasible to do an entire season on 1 or 2 engines. Reliability rules for one or two engines per season might be enough to pique the manufacturers interest, and let's not forget that 8 manufacturers (remember Ilmor, Oral/FB Corse, and Inmotec) have functioning 800s and they'd probably like some ROI from racing and marketing activities. Oh yes, don't forget to limit the electronics.

IIRC Yamaha and Ducati said they would lease engines for 800,000 euros per season. This was before the engine rules when the teams were using approximately 9-12 engines per bike per season (or more). So maybe (thinking positively) it's possible for the manufacturers to lease two 800cc engines for 200,000 euros per season? I realize I've just quintupled the engine bills for Moto2, but incorporating the old 800s would turn Moto2 into a very high-technology racing class with parity which will do wonders in the long by attracting audiences, sponsors, and technical partners.

I know it's an absurd idea, but absurd ideas are necessary at this point b/c nothing is working. Production engines are weak, bore-limited engines are pretty lame, and engine scaling has never really worked since the introduced it in 1968. In the confusion that is MotoGP planning, one thing is becoming abundantly clear--GP cannot redesign engines every 5 years. If a 4-stroke GP engine has been designed, tested, and raced, it needs to be racing right now. When an engine sits in mothballs, the sport is losing big revenues b/c it's not entertaining anyone. *Cough* 990s

Did I hear something?

I should qualify my remarks by saying I'd actually prefer to have the 800s in a Moto1 class, but no such plans exist so Moto2 I guess for now.

What they should have done is made it 600cc prototypes and make a manufacturer supply at least 4 bikes instead of the mildly tuned 600 as you said

I was expecting 160 bhp sub 130KG missiles, not these , I think at some tracks the old Supermono class would almost be faster I bet.

And the new motogp rules look silly also, it should be 1000cc and any tuning allowed, and make the manufacturers support 4 bikes too .

Yeah, it's not right that these bikes have less oomph than the Supersports. Perhaps they at some point open up the engine supply, so they can get some proper horsepower. The difference is quit big to MotoGP.

a good point but... who is the question posed to? racers? or manufacturers? or the organizers and the fans who support them?

because i think depending on who you pick will determine very different answers