‘Silly Season’ is officially busy outside of MotoGP with movements being made in the support classes, some effective from this race! There’s also injury news and a ban, plus an interesting wild-card, related to some guy called Rossi…
Here’s a breakdown:
Toni Elias has fled Moto2, with immediate effect and despite struggling in his previous BMW teat has found a home in WSBK. A bit hit-and-miss, but his hits were great when he did well, so good luck Toni.
Elias is replaced by soon-to-become commentator favourite Ezequiel Iturroz at Blusens. He’s from Argentina, so will make a handy home rider if he keeps his Blusens seat when racing is due there in the future.
Blusens continue to fuddle commentators and Journalists alike by also replacing Dani Rivas with Alex Marinelarena, which takes a lot of effort to type and say too.
Rivas, who only just replaced Kyle Smith at the team has also been handed a ban effective at Aragon and Sepang after his arguing with another rider and crashing into Odendaal, Simeon and Torres left him with a fractured collarbone and lung issues and Odendaal with a broken ankle.
Steven Odendaal is fit to race at Misano.
Jordi Torres has confirmed he is to stay at Aspar, Danny Kent also keeps his seat at Tech3 for 2014.
Gino Rea once again has a wild-card with his Montaze Broz Racing partnership, wonder if he will be selling Gino Rea coffee to the Italians?!
Aussie Jason O’Halloran is back at JiR replacing the injured Mike Di Meglio.
Also in at this round are Italian Franco Morbidelli at Federal Oil Gresini, replacing Pradita and Azlan Shah at IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia, replacing Yuki Takahashi.
Moto3 title rivals Maverick Vinales and Luis Salom have both confirmed their move up to the Tuenti HP 40 team, replacing MotoGP-bound Pol Espargaro and Tito Rabat who left to move to Marc VDS.
KTM have already secured the championships Constructors Title, after winning every race this season and 15 in a row.
Jack Miller confirmed his move onto KTM machinery as he signs for the Red Bull Ajo team.
Ambrogio make the switch to Mahindra from this race onward .
There will be an extra Mahindra on track as Andrea Locatelli enjoys a wild-card performace for the team though all eyes will no doubt be on his fellow Italian wild-card rider Luca Marini.
Marini, riding a FTR Honda for San Carlo FMI Twelve Racing, as he does in the Italian Championship, has a lot of expectation and promise to live up to – he is the 16-year-old half-brother of nine-time champion Valentino Rossi.