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Provisional 2012 MotoGP entry list released


Friday, 13 January 2012
The Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme has announced the provisional grid for the 2012 MotoGP World Championship.

The FIM has announced the provisional entry list for the 2012 MotoGP World Championship, which gets underway on April 8th with the opening round in Qatar.
The provisional list is as follows:
1 CASEY STONER AUS - HONDA TEAM, HONDA
4 ANDREA DOVIZIOSO ITA - YAMAHA TECH 3, YAMAHA
5 COLIN EDWARDS USA - FORWARD RACING, SUTER*
6 STEFAN BRADL GER - LCR HONDA MotoGP, HONDA
8 HECTOR BARBERA SPA - PRAMAC RACING TEAM, DUCATI
9 DANILO PETRUCCI ITA - IODA RACING PROJECT, IODA*
11 BEN SPIES USA - YAMAHA FACTORY RACING, YAMAHA
13 ANTHONY WEST AUS - SPEED MASTER, ART*
14 RANDY DE PUNIET FRA - ASPAR TEAM MotoGP, ART*
17 KAREL ABRAHAM CZE - CARDION AB MOTORACING, DUCATI
19 ALVARO BAUTISTA SPA - HONDA GRESINI, HONDA
20 ALEIX ESPARGARO SPA - ASPAR TEAM MotoGP, ART*
22 IVAN SILVA SPA - BQR, BQR-FTR*
26 DANI PEDROSA SPA - HONDA TEAM, HONDA
35 CAL CRUTCHLOW GBR - YAMAHA TECH 3, YAMAHA
46 VALENTINO ROSSI ITA - DUCATI TEAM, DUCATI
51 MICHELE PIRRO ITA - HONDA GRESINI, FTR*
68 YONNY HERNANDEZ COL - BQR, BQR-FTR*
69 NICKY HAYDEN USA - DUCATI TEAM, DUCATI
77 JAMES ELLISON GBR - PAUL BIRD RACING, ART*
99 JORGE LORENZO SPA - YAMAHA FACTORY RACING, YAMAHA
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anthonay west unable to race in motogp:(

A statement on Anthony West's official Facebook page says that the Australian will not be able to take up his place with the Speed Master MotoGP team due to a lack of funds.

West adds that his racing career is probably now over.

The full statement reads: “I (ANTHONY WEST) will not race in moto gp this year or any other race because I can not find sponsorship to pay the SPEED MASTER team, Because all teams are asking for money from the riders only the rich can race in motogp / moto2 / moto3, I can not even afford to ride a year for free, As i have YET to be payed from my former team MZ Germany Moto2 team. I had my car mx bike and my house for sale trying to keep the ride and even gave the house as a guarantee if I did not find the money but was not enough. I will most likely not race any more and will [return] to australia to find a normal job. Sorry to my fans.”

The 30-year-old former factory Kawasaki MotoGP rider, a race winner in 250GP and WSS, has spent the last two seasons racing in Moto2 for MZ.

West's best Moto2 finish was a fourth place (from 20th on the grid) at last year's damp Assen round, scene of his grand prix win in 2003.

Speed Master, which won three Moto2 races with Andrea Iannone last year, had planned to run West on an ART (Aprilia) under the new CRT rules. Iannone plans to stay with Speed Master in Moto2.

West, who also rode a partial 500cc season on a privateer Honda in 2001, achieved a best MotoGP finish of fifth, during his full (2008) season with Kawasaki.

Should Speed Master not make the grid, the 2012 MotoGP line-up would be reduced to 20 bikes (12 manufacturer and 8 CRT)... Or perhaps 19, with BQR's Yonny Hernandez facing similar critical funding problems to West.

UPDATE: Speed Master has announced that Mattia Pasini will race for the team in the 2012 MotoGP World Championship.
 
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