For many years now, the size of the MotoGP grid has been a problem.  The problem has become acute in the last couple of years with Kawasaki withdrawing and Suzuki cutting down to one bike only.  However, in the first rounds of applications FIM has received sixteen new applications mostly from teams in Moto2.  The FIM has chosen fourteen of those featuring 21 riders to give further details based on which the teams are expected to provide full details of their plans for 2012 by May, 14th and after further scrutiny FIM will chose the final list by June.  Existing teams have a guaranteed place on the grid.  What remains to be seen is how many of the proposed new entrants will bring any new manufacturers and how many will come in with new engines based on production bikes in the Claiming Rule Team category which some say will get the name Moto1.