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I just pulled this off the motogp.com site.

16 riders so far announced, including all twelve manufacturer entries, meaning only privateer CRT seats are still available...

Confirmed 2013 MotoGP riders:

Factory team riders:
1. Jorge Lorenzo - Factory Yamaha rider until end of 2014.
2. Valentino Rossi - Factory Yamaha until the end of 2014.
3. Dani Pedrosa - Repsol Honda rider until the end of 2014.
4. Marc Marquez - Repsol Honda rider until the end of 2014.
5. Nicky Hayden - Ducati Team until the end of 2013.
6. Andrea Dovizioso - Ducati Team until the end of 2014.

Satellite team riders:
7. Cal Crutchlow - Tech 3 Yamaha until the end of 2013.
8. Bradley Smith - Tech 3 Yamaha until the end of 2014.
9. Ben Spies - Pramac Ducati until the end of 2013.
10. Andrea Iannone - Pramac Ducati until the end of 2013.
11. Stefan Bradl - LCR Honda until the end of 2013.
12. Alvaro Bautista - Gresini Honda until the end of 2013.

CRT riders:
13. Colin Edwards - Forward Racing (TBA) until the end of 2013.
14. Karel Abraham - Cardion AB (Aprilia) until the end of 2013.
15. Randy de Puniet - Power Electronics Aspar (Aprilia) until the end of 2013.
16. Alex Espargaro - Power Electronics Aspar (Aprilia) until the end of 2013.
Hector Barbera says he will ride for Avintia Blusens, but is still to sign
 

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Update:

Factory team MotoGP riders (6)

99 Jorge Lorenzo SPA Factory Yamaha rider until end of 2014.
46 Valentino Rossi ITA Factory Yamaha until the end of 2014.
26 Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda rider until the end of 2014.
93 Marc Marquez* SPA Repsol Honda rider until the end of 2014.
69 Nicky Hayden USA Ducati Team until the end of 2013.
04 Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team until the end of 2014.

Satellite team MotoGP riders (6):

35 Cal Crutchlow GBR Tech 3 Yamaha until the end of 2013.
38 Bradley Smith* GBR Tech 3 Yamaha until the end of 2014.
11 Ben Spies USA Pramac Ducati until the end of 2013.
29 Andrea Iannone* ITA Pramac Ducati until the end of 2013.
6 Stefan Bradl GER LCR Honda/HRC until the end of 2014.
19 Alvaro Bautista SPA Go&Fun Gresini Honda until the end of 2013.

CRT MotoGP riders (12)

5 Colin Edwards USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing (FTR-Kawasaki) until the end of 2013.
71 Claudio Corti* ITA NGM Mobile Forward Racing (FTR-Kawasaki) until the end of 2013.
17 Karel Abraham CZE Cardion AB (ART) until the end of 2013.
14 Randy de Puniet FRT Power Electronics Aspar (ART) until the end of 2013.
41 Alex Espargaro SPA Power Electronics Aspar (ART) until the end of 2013.
7 Hiroshi Aoyama JPN Avintia Blusens (FTR-Kawasaki) until the end of 2013.
8 Hector Barbera SPA Avintia Blusens (FTR-Kawasaki) until the end of 2013.
9 Danilo Petrucci ITA Came IodaRacing (Suter-BMW) until the end of 2013.
52 Lukas Pesek* CZE Came IodaRacing (Suter-BMW) until the end of 2013.
67 Bryan Staring* AUS Go&Fun Honda Gresini (FTR-Honda) until the end of 2013.
70 Michael Laverty* GBR Paul Bird Motorsport (PBM-Aprilia) until the end of 2013.
68 Yonny Hernandez COL Paul Bird Motorsport (ART) until the end of 2013.
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Additionally, the inclusion of highly anticipated Texas race at the Circuit of the Americas means that the Repsol Honda Team has already scheduled a private test there in March, with the possibility still remaining of other teams joining.

With the first test in Valencia at the end of last year largely a washout, riders will be eager to get out on track and get their season underway.

2013 Pre-Season Tests

13-14 Nov (2012) - MotoGP: Valencia

03-04 Feb - MotoGP CRT: Sepang

05-07 Feb - MotoGP: Sepang

12-14 Feb - Moto2/Moto3: Valencia

19-21 Feb - Moto2/Moto3: Jerez

26-28 Feb - MotoGP: Sepang

12-14 Mar - MotoGP HRC: Austin

18-21 Mar - Moto2/Moto3: Jerez

23-25 Mar - MotoGP: Jerez
So it looks like RepsolHonda will be in Austin TX for 3 days in March. To test. Only MotoGP testing tho. Not Moto2 or 3. And so far, it looks like only RepsolHonda will be there. :confused:
Is this a Honda PR thing?
 

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Private testing in Austin in 11 days and 6 hrs . From the time of this posting to be exact
 

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I guess we've all heard Duc is blaming the tires. The tire rules changed after they were locked into a frame design. I heard or read at motogp.com that Duc may engineer a whole new frame for next year?
Ducati couldn't have been Cals first choice. Could he not have stayed with Tech 3 for another year? Or did Tech three already sign on someone else for '14?
 

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I believe Tech 3 and Yamaha wanted to keep Cal , but he wanted a factory ride and more $$$
 

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I would like to see the offer from Yamaha that Cal left on the table...I think he will eventually come to regret his decision. He better prepare himself to get beaten regularly by the top CRT bike(s) and pretty much all the satellite bikes. Gonna be demoralizing getting beat by Bradley Smith.


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The wost part is all of the injuries, if he should attempt to be competitive. He is likely going to make good money but what is your body/health worth?
 

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I would like to see the offer from Yamaha that Cal left on the table...I think he will eventually come to regret his decision. He better prepare himself to get beaten regularly by the top CRT bike(s) and pretty much all the satellite bikes. Gonna be demoralizing getting beat by Bradley Smith.
Word... :cool:
 

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Ohhhhhh! I didn't know it was that much. That would explain a lot.
Even though I remember Cal saying he's all about getting the best bike so he can win instead of being a runner up.
 

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Factory rides pay a lot more than satelite rides. Tech 3 tried to keep him but couldn't raise enough money between Yamaha, Monster & Tech 3 so I wouldn't be surprised if it is a 1M per year deal at Ducati that swung him. Right now Crutchlow needs to make money and to put away a tidy sum in the next 2 years is more important than being a runner up, his bike would never be as competitive as a factory Yamaha. Also, surely Ducati is doing what it can to make their bike more competitive. Will it take 2 1/2 years more? From the beginning the Ducati deal was always going to be the most attractive.
It'll be like last year. Dovi & he fighting to be in front of each other, but not actually winning races I guess. Would be great to be proven wrong and see Cal on the podium next year because he has what it takes to conquer the Ducati, but if Rossi couldn't, I don't see Cal being the exception.
 

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The wost part is all of the injuries, if he should attempt to be competitive. He is likely going to make good money but what is your body/health worth?
... the Ducati's not exactly forgiving on the very limit - it seems.
 

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Hate to say it but I foresee Cal trying out for the next superman movie.

He will be able to match Dovi but if he tries (and he will) to push that bike he will get a lot of air time.

I also think the Duc's will be even further behind the Japs next year...
 
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