The year of 2017 is here so it is time to fully concentrate on the upcoming season. In this post there is the Moto3 provisional entry list for the season. It is still only called as “provisional” but I guess (and also hope) that there will not be any big chances ahead of the start of the season.
|4||Patrik Pulkkinen (FIN)||Peugeot MC Saxoprint||Peugeot|
|5||Romano Fenati (ITA)||Ongetta-Rivacold||Honda|
|6||María Herrera (SPA)||AGR Team||KTM|
|7||Adam Norrodin (MAL)||SIC Racing Team||Honda|
|8||Nicolo Bulega (ITA)||Sky Racing Team VR46||KTM|
|11||Livio Loi (BEL)||Leopard Racing||Honda|
|12||Albert Arenas (SPA)||Aspar Team Moto3||Mahindra|
|14||Tony Arbolino (ITA)||SIC58 Squadra Corse||Honda|
|16||Andrea Migno (ITA)||Sky Racing Team VR46||KTM|
|17||John McPhee (GBR)||GB Team||Honda|
|19||Gabriel Rodrigo (ARG)||RBA Racing Team||KTM|
|21||Fabio Di Giannantonio (ITA)||Gresini Racing Moto3||Honda|
|23||Niccoló Antonelli (ITA)||Red Bull KTM Ajo||KTM|
|24||Tatsuki Suzuki (JPN)||SIC58 Squadra Corse||Honda|
|27||Kaito Toba (JPN)||Honda Team Asia||Honda|
|33||Enea Bastianini (ITA)||Estrella Galicia 0,0||Honda|
|36||Joan Mir (SPA)||Leopard Racing||Honda|
|40||Darryn Binder (RSA)||Platinum Bay Real Estate||KTM|
|41||Nakarin Atiratphuvapat (THA)||Honda Team Asia||Honda|
|42||Marcos Ramírez (SPA)||Platinum Bay Real Estate||KTM|
|44||Aron Canet (SPA)||Estrella Galicia 0,0||Honda|
|48||Lorenzo Dalla Porta (ITA)||Pull&Bear Aspar Mahindra Team||Mahindra|
|53||Marco Bezzecchi (ITA)||CIP-Unicom Starker||Mahindra|
|58||Juanfran Guevara (SPA)||RBA Racing Team||KTM|
|64||Bo Bendsneyder (NED)||Red Bull KTM Ajo||KTM|
|65||Philipp Oettl (GER)||Schedl GP Racing||KTM|
|71||Ayumu Sasaki (JPN)||SIC Racing Team||Honda|
|84||Jakub Kornfeil (CZE)||Peugeot MC Saxoprint||Peugeot|
|88||Jorge Martín (SPA)||Gresini Racing Moto3||Honda|
|95||Jules Danilo (FRA)||Ongetta-Rivacold||Honda|
|99||Enzo Boulom (FRA)||CIP-Unicom Starker||Mahindra|
Which are the news for 2017? Well, let’s start with the rookies.
Patrik Pulkkinen makes a surprising (for me surprising) move from Red Bull Rookies Cup. But now, let’s be a little bit biased. I am so happy for him! I follow his career so I hope he will take some points during the season. It would be a success.
He is not the only one rookie from the Red Bull Rookies Cup. Also Ayumu Sasaki (the Champion of 2016) and Kaito Toba are coming. These two Japanese boys are very talented, maybe finally competitive riders from this country are coming after a few years.
Marco Bezzecchi is coming from the CIV Championship. He already did some World Championship appearances.
There are some boys coming from the FIM CEV Championship. They are Tony Arbolino, Enzo Boulom (who also already made some World Championship appearances) and Nakarin Atiratphuvapat (who I don’t know at all). And I already can pronounce his surname!
Albert Arenas, Lorenzo Dalla Porta and Marco Ramírez did already some races in Moto3, in 2017 they should be regular riders there.
After his punishment Romano Fenati is back in Moto3. He will race for Ongetta-Rivacold.
What are the other riders’ changes?
Jakub Kornfeil comes to Peugeot and becomes Pulkkinen’s team mate (very important team mates for me, my countryman plus a boy from my beloved country). Niccoló Antonelli goes to Ajo KTM (another important thing for me as I am big Ajo Team supporter), Enea Bastianini will race for Estrella Galicia, while Jorge Martín goes to Gresini team.
Livio Loi goes to Leopard Team. In this category they will race under this name, in Moto2 this team will race under their original name Kiefer Racing.
John McPhee will race in a British team called GB Team.
SIC58 Squadra Corse team is coming to Moto3. It is Paolo Simoncelli’s team (father of Marco). He said he never wanted to come back to world racing after his son’s death but he created this team, they were racing in FIM CIV and they realized it’s the time to come back. Such a strong story.
Platinum Bay Real Estate switches from Mahindra to KTM. I guess this is good news because the Mahindra bikes of this team weren’t good at all. As a fan of them, I am really pleased with these news. Let’s hope this switch will help them to go up from the bottom.
Photo: Red Bull KTM Ajo