MotoGP issues reduced 2016 entry list

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Sunday 8th November, 2015 - 10:53am

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AB Honda looks set to miss 2016 season

AB Honda looks set to miss 2016 season

MotoGP has revealed a 22 bike field for the 2016 season with Forward Racing and AB Racing outfits omitted from the provisional entry list.

The announcement means the pinnacle of motorcycle racing is set for a reduction in grid size having operated with a 25 bike entry this year.

Forward Racing faced an uncertain future earlier this year when team owner Giovanni Cuzari was forced to fight bribery and corruption charges.

The team missed the Indianapolis round before returning to complete the remaining rounds of the season with Loris Baz and Toni Elias.

Meanwhile, AB Racing has completed the second half of the season without regular rider Karel Abraham due to injury.

Australian riders Damian Cudlin and Broc Parkes have both filled in for Abraham at events this year.

The entry list also confirms that Ioda ART will return to the grid next year with Alex de Angelis, who continues to recover from serious injuries sustained in a crash at the Japanese Grand Prix.

De Angelis is aiming to be fit enough to ride again in February.

MotoGP 2016 Entry List

#4 Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) – Ducati
#6 Stefan Bradl (GER) – Gresini Aprilia
#8 Hector Barbera (SPA) – Avintia Ducati
#9 Danilo Petrucci (ITA) – Pramac Ducati
#15 Alex de Angelis (SMR) – Ioda ART (Aprilia)
#19 Alvaro Bautista (SPA) – Gresini Aprilia
#25 Maverick Vinales (SPA) – Suzuki
#26 Dani Pedrosa (SPA) – Honda
#29 Andrea Iannone (ITA) – Ducati
#35 Cal Crutchlow (GBR – LCR Honda
#38 Bradley Smith (GBR) – Tech 3 Yamaha
#41 Aleix Espargaro (SPA) – Suzuki
#43 Jack Miller (AUS) – Marc VDS Honda
#44 Pol Espargaro (SPA) – Tech 3 Yamaha
#45 Scott Redding (GBR) – Pramac Ducati
#46 Valentino Rossi (ITA) – Yamaha
#50 Eugene Laverty (IRL) – Aspar Ducati
#53 Tito Rabat (SPA) – Marc VDS Honda
#68 Yonny Hernandez (COL) – Aspar Ducati
#76 Loris Baz (FRA) – Avintia Ducati
#93 Marc Marquez (SPA) – Honda
#99 Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) – Yamaha