MotoGP »

Final 2006 MotoGP entry list announced - no WCM.

The FIM has today announced the final permanent entry list for the 2006 MotoGP World Championship, which starts at Jerez, Spain, on March 26.

The most significant change from January's provisional list is that WCM, a former 500cc race winning team with Yamaha, are no longer present. The team, which has struggled with its own machines since losing Red Bull and in turn Yamaha backing at the end of 2002, is known to have been battling to find the support necessary to compete this season - but now appears to have been forced to admit defeat.

With the Blata partnership having come to nothing, Peter Clifford's team had been hoping to run KTM V4 engines in their chassis this year, with grand prix veteran Jeremy McWilliams and American rookie Jason Perez - along with Italian manufacturer Bimota - named at WCM on the provisional 2006 entry list, although this line-up was always seen as more of an intention than a certainty. Meanwhile, McWilliams will take to the track this weekend at the Daytona AMA Formula Xtreme event, riding a Buell.

Today's entry list also confirms the absence of Honda Pons - which has announced a one year withdraw from MotoGP after the loss of title sponsor Camel - while more positive changes since January are that Carlos Checa has been confirmed at Tech 3 Yamaha, alongside former WCM rider James Ellison, and Rizla have become the title sponsor of Team Suzuki MotoGP.

With Pons and WCM out of the championship, there will now be just 19 full time riders, comprising of; five Spaniards, four Americans, three Italians, two Japanese, two Australians, a Frenchman, a German and a Briton.

The full 2006 MotoGP entry list can be seen below:


#5 Colin Edwards USA Camel Yamaha Team
#6 Makoto Tamada JPN Konica Minolta Honda
#7 Carlos Checa SPA Tech 3 Yamaha
#10 Kenny Roberts Jr USA Team Roberts
#15 Sete Gibernau SPA Ducati Marlboro Team
#17 Randy de Puniet FRA Kawasaki Racing Team
#21 John Hopkins USA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
#24 Toni Elias SPA Fortuna Honda
#26 Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda Team
#27 Casey Stoner AUS Honda LCR
#30 Jose Luis Cardoso SPA Pramac d'Antin MotoGP
#33 Marco Melandri ITA Fortuna Honda
#46 Valentino Rossi ITA Camel Yamaha Team
#56 Shinya Nakano JPN Kawasaki Racing Team
#65 Loris Capirossi ITA Ducati Marlboro Team
#66 Alex Hofmann GER Pramac d'Antin MotoGP
#69 Nicky Hayden USA Repsol Honda Team
#71 Chris Vermeulen AUS Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
#77 James Ellison GBR Tech 3 Yamaha


Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Ellison, Czech MotoGP, 2005
Checa, Barcelona MotoGP IRTA tests, 2006
Hopkins, Barcelona IRTA MotoGP test, 2006
Marc Marquez opens new fan club headquarters
MotoGP Xmas Quiz
MotoGP
MotoGP
American Flat Track star Jared Mees during 2014 Superprestigio Dirt Track
Marc Marquez celebrates Superprestigio Dirt Track victory
Marquez, Mees and Noyes on 2014 Superprestigio podium
Jorge Lorenzo to race in Gulf 12 Hours (pic: gulf12hours.com)
Pol Espargaro attends Asean Cup race at Indonesia`s Sentul circuit (pic: Tech 3)
Charity helmet signed by MotoGP stars sets record
Repsol chairman Antonio Brufau with Marc and Alex Marquez (pic: Repsol)
Shoulder surgery for Jack Miller (pic: LCR)
Valentino Rossi at 2014 Monza Rally (Pic: Cristiano Bami)
Jack Miller - CWM LCR Honda
Jack Miller - CWM LCR Honda

Start the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.