The provisional entry list for the 2011 MotoGP season has just been released.
There will by 17 riders this year from four different manufacturers.
Jorge Lorenzo will be using the number 1 plate this year,
as Lorenzo will attempt to be the first rider to successfully defend his MotoGP title since his former teammate Valentino Rossi.
Lorenzo will be joined by American Ben Spies on the factory Yamaha team.
Repsol Honda returns this year with Andrea Dovizioso and Dani Pedrosa. Repsol Honda will also be adding Casey Stoner to the lineup.
The other big change in the paddock is that Valentino Rossi has decided to race with the Ducati team this year.
Rossi will be sharing a garage with Nicky Hayden during the 2011 MotoGP season.
Here is the provisional entry list for the 2011 MotoGP.
1; JORGE LORENZO, SPANISH, YAMAHA FACTORY RACING, YAMAHA
4; ANDREA DOVIZIOSO, ITALIAN, REPSOL HONDA TEAM, HONDA
5; COLIN EDWARDS, AMERICAN, MONSTER YAMAHA TECH 3, YAMAHA
7; HIROSHI AOYAMA, JAPANESE, SAN CARLO HONDA GRESINI, HONDA
8; HECTOR BARBERA, SPANISH, ASPAR TEAM, DUCATI
11; BEN SPIES AMERICAN, YAMAHA FACTORY RACING, YAMAHA
14; RANDY DE PUNIET, FRENCH, PRAMAC RACING TEAM, DUCATI
17; KAREL ABRAHAM, CZECH, CARDION AB MOTORACING, DUCATI
19; ALVARO BAUTISTA, SPANISH, RIZLA SUZUKI MotoGP, SUZUKI
24; TONI ELIAS, SPANISH, LCR HONDA MotoGP, HONDA
26; DANI PEDROSA, SPANISH, REPSOL HONDA TEAM, HONDA
27; CASEY STONER, AUSTRALIAN, REPSOL HONDA TEAM, HONDA
35; CAL CRUTCHLOW, BRITISH, MONSTER YAMAHA TECH 3, YAMAHA
46; VALENTINO ROSSI, ITALIAN, DUCATI TEAM, DUCATI
58; MARCO SIMONCELLI, ITALIAN, SAN CARLO HONDA GRESINI, HONDA
65; LORIS CAPIROSSI, ITALIAN, PRAMAC RACING TEAM, DUCATI
69; NICKY HAYDEN, AMERICAN, DUCATI TEAM, DUCATI
In December, Lorenzo said on Twitter that he will be riding with his #99, I guess he changed his mind.