Reports suggest that six leading Moto2 teams, seek Kiefer Racing, BQR/Blusens, Forward Racing, Marc VDS Racing, Interwetten Paddock GP and Speed Master, have been awarded places on the MotoGP grid for the 2012 campaign.
The teams are set to race under the “Claiming Rule Teams” system being introduced as part of the switch from 800cc to 1000cc engines, designed to cut the costs of running a team, leading to 11 squads from the 125cc and Moto2 categories expressing an interest in stepping up to the top series.
The International Motorcycling Federation (FIM), which is also considering bids from some new manufacturers to enter MotoGP under the new technical regulations, still has to provide final approval for all teams. There is speculation that Aprilia, Norton, Kawasaki and BMW could also join the grid.
A statement from the FIM read: “Applications from new manufacturers wishing to participate in MotoGP continue to be evaluated. Further information will be provided when a decision has been taken on such applications.” Casey Stoner currently leads the 2011 MotoGP standings by 18 points from reigning champion Jorge Lorenzo.