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Influx of new blood into MotoGP

Influx of new blood into MotoGP

Influx of new blood into MotoGP

The biggest shake-up of recent years has occurred in the MotoGP class with several riders from last year, some with many years experience, being replaced by young riders making their first steps into MotoGP. The changes are as follows:

Out from last year have gone (with ages in brackets): Max Biaggi (34), Alex Barros (35), Troy Bayliss (36), Ruben Xaus (28), Roberto Rolfo (26), Franco Battaini (33) and Shane Byrne (29). Into the series come the following riders: Randy De Puniet (25), Dani Pedrosa (20), Jose Luis Cardoso (31), Chris Vermeulen (23) and Casey Stoner (20).

The age profile of the entry list has now reduced considerably, with the most senior rider now being Carlos Checa at the age of 33 years and 5 months at the opening race, closely followed by fellow Spaniard Sete Gibernau who is just 2 months younger. Among the current crop Checa is also the rider with most experience in the premier-class having made 157 starts.

Casey Stoner will be the youngest full-time rider in the MotoGP class taking the honour from John Hopkins, who has been the youngest for the last four years. The average age of the MotoGP entry list at the first race of the year will be 27 years and 8 weeks down from an average at the start of last year of 28 years and 27 weeks.


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