Bradley Smith looks to be heading back to the MotoGP paddock for 2022 with the newly revised WithU GRT RNF MotoE Team.
Having already challenged for the title in its inaugural 2019 season, where he finished runner up with four podiums from six races in the team’s original One Energy Racing guise, the Oxfordshire rider returns for a second bite of the cherry in 2022. While no official announcement from the RNF team has been released, the provincial entry list for next season sees the 31-year-old line up alongside fellow ex-MotoGP and current Yamaha WorldSBK test rider Niccolo Canepa.
The Italian is himself no stranger to the electric class having raced for LCR in both the 2019 and 2020 seasons, before switching to concentrate on his World Endurance and Superbike rider coach duties - alongside newly crowned champion Toprak Razgatlioglu - this year.
2021 title rivals Jordi Torres and Dominique Aegerter are back to battle for honours once more with their respective Dynavolt Intact GP and Pons Racing 40 teams while previous champion Matteo Ferrari (Felt Gresini MotoE) and race winners Eric Granado (LCR E-Team) and Miquel Pons (Pons Racing) also return to the grid.
18 riders in total will compete across the 14 races and seven weekends, commencing at Circuito de Jerez-Ángel Nieto on April 30th before concluding at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli on September 4th, with Avintia Esponsorama’s second rider yet to be confirmed.
Provisional FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup Entry List 2022
4 HECTOR GARZO SPANISH TECH3 E-RACING
6 MARIA HERRERA SPANISH OPENBANK ASPAR TEAM
7 NICCOLO CANEPA ITALIAN WITHU GRT RNF MotoE TEAM
11 MATTEO FERRARI ITALIAN FELO GRESINI MotoE
12 JAVIER FORES SPANISH OCTO PRAMAC MotoE
17 ALEX ESCRIG SPANISH TECH3 E-RACING
21 KEVIN ZANNONI ITALIAN ONGETTA SIC58 SQUADRACORSE
27 MATTIA CASADEI ITALIAN PONS RACING 40
34 KEVIN MANFREDI ITALIAN OCTO PRAMAC MotoE
38 BRADLEY SMITH BRITISH WITHU GRT RNF MotoE TEAM
40 JORDI TORRES SPANISH PONS RACING 40
51 ERIC GRANADO BRAZILIAN LCR E-TEAM
70 MARC ALCOBA SPANISH OPENBANK ASPAR TEAM
71 MIQUEL PONS SPANISH LCR E-TEAM
72 ALESSIO FINELLO ITALIAN FELO GRESINI MotoE
77 DOMINIQUE AEGERTER SWISS DYNAVOLT INTACT GP MotoE
78 HIKARI OKUBO JAPANESE AVANT AJO MotoE
TBC TBC AVINTIA ESPONSORAMA RACING