Former 500cc and MotoGP title contender Sete Gibernau is to make a surprise racing return at the age of 46 – the latest entry to the new-next-year MotoE Cup.
The names were released in the run up to the Valencia GP, with Gibernau the biggest surprise. The absence of former Superbike champion Troy Corser was another. Corser had revealed his interest, and had been expected on the grid.
The 18 riders are a mixture of old and new, including several ex-GP riders of various levels, including Alex de Angelis, former 125 champions Nico Terol and Mike di Meglio, girl GP racer Maria Herrera; Xavier Simeon and Bradley Smith.
The full list is:
Josh Hook (Australia) Alma Pramac Racing
Alex de Angelis (San Marino) Pramac Racing
Maria Herrera (Spain) Angel Nieto Team
Nicolas Terol (Spain) Angel Nieto Team
Xavier Simeon (Belgium) Avintia Esponsorama Racing
Eric Granado (Brazil) Avintia Esponsorama Racing
Randy de Puniet (France) LCR E-Team
Niccolo Canepa (Italy) LCR E-Team
Hector Garzo (Spain) Tech3 E-Racing
Kenny Foray (France) Tech3 E-Racing
Matteo Ferrari (Italy) Gresini MotoE
Lorenzo Savadori (Italy) Gresini MotoE
Jesko Rafrin (Switzerland) Dynavolt Intact GP
Niki Tuuli (Finland) Ajo Motorsport MotoE
Mike di Meglio (France) EG 0,0 Marc VDS
Bradley Smith (Great Britain) One Energy Racing
Sete Gibernau (Spain) Pons Racing
Matteo Casadei (Italy) Sic58 Squadra Corse)
By Michael Scott