British rider Gino Rea is a notable absentee from the provisional Moto2 entry list released today for the 2013 world championship campaign.
The Londoner, who scored a stunning debut podium with third in a rain-lashed Malaysian Grand Prix in Sepang last month, lost his ride with the Gresini squad after a largely disappointing debut Moto2 campaign.
There are still two TBC (to be confirmed) places on the grid for next season and Rea has been linked with one in a new ESGP squad that plans to be the only entry to use a British-built FTR frame.
Scott Redding and Danny Kent will be joined by Kyle Smith in Moto2 next season. Smith is a Spanish-based Brit who has signed with the Blusens Avintia squad to ride a Kalex chassis with 2010 Moto2 world champion Toni Elias.
Now that current world champion Marc Marquez has moved to MotoGP as Casey Stoner’s replacement at Repsol Honda, Spaniard Pol Espargaro will be a big pre-season title favourite.
Gloucestershire rider Redding is also being tipped as a serious title contender, particularly now that the Moto2 category will feature a minimum weight for machine and rider in full racing kit of 215kg for next year.
Provisional Moto2 entry list
3 SIMONE CORSI, ITALIAN, NGM MOBILE RACING, SPEED UP
4 RANDY KRUMMENACHER, SWISS, TECHNOMAG carXpert, SUTER
5 JOHANN ZARCO, FRENCH, CAME IODARACING PROJECT, SUTER
7 DONI TATA PRADITA, INDONESIAN, FEDERAL OIL GRESINI Moto2, SUTER
8 KYLE SMITH, BRITISH, BLUSENS AVINTIA, KALEX
11 SANDRO CORTESE, GERMAN, DYNAVOLT INTACT GP, KALEX
12 THOMAS LUTHI, SWISS, INTERWETTEN PADDOCK, SUTER
14 RATTHAPARK WILAIROT, THAI, HONDA GRESINI Moto2, SUTER
15 ALEX DE ANGELIS, SAN MARINO, NGM MOBILE FORWARD RACING, SPEED UP
17 ALBERTO MONCAYO, SPANISH, ARGINANO y GINES RACING, MOTOBOST
18 NICOLAS TEROL, SPANISH, MAPFRE ASPAR TEAM Moto2, SUTER
19 XAVIER SIMEON, BELGIAN, SAG TEAM, KALEX
23 MARCEL SCHROTTER, GERMAN, SAG TEAM, KALEX
24 TONI ELIAS, SPANISH, BLUSENS AVINTIA, KALEX
30 TAKAAKI NAKAGAMI, JAPANESE, ITALTRANS RACING TEAM, KALEX
36 MIKA KALLIO, FINNISH, MARC VDS RACING TEAM, KALEX
40 POL ESPARGARO, SPANISH, TUENTI HP 40, PONS KALEX
44 STEVEN ODENDAAL, SOUTH AFRICAN, ARGINANO y GINES RACING, MOTOBOST
45 SCOTT REDDING, BRITISH, MARC VDS RACING TEAM, KALEX
49 AXEL PONS, SPANISH, TUENTI HP 40, PONS KALEX
52 DANNY KENT, BRITISH, TECH 3, TECH 3
54 MATTIA PASINI, ITALIAN, NGM MOBILE RACING, SPEED UP
60 JULIAN SIMON, SPANISH, ITALTRANS RACING TEAM, KALEX
63 MIKE DI MEGLIO, FRENCH, JIR Moto2, MOTOBI
77 DOMINIQUE AEGERTER, SWISS, TECHNOMAG carXpert, SUTER
80 ESTEVE RABAT, SPANISH, TUENTI HP 40, PONS KALEX
81 JORDI TORRES, SPANISH, MAPFRE ASPAR TEAM Moto2, SUTER
88 RICKY CARDUS, SPANISH, NGM MOBILE FORWARD RACING, SPEED UP
95 ANTHONY WEST, AUSTRALIAN, QMMF RACING TEAM, SPEED UP
96 LOUIS ROSSI, FRENCH, TECH 3, TECH 3
97 RAFID TOPAN SUCIPTO, INDONESIAN, QMMF RACING TEAM, SPEED UP
TBC TO BE CONFIRMED, HONDA RACING ASIA TADY MORIWAKI
TBC TO BE CONFIRMED, ESGP Moto2, FTR