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post #1 of 47 (permalink) Old 09-05-2008, 06:49 AM Thread Starter
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MotoGP » MotoGP 2009 - confirmed signings

Fiat Yamaha Team:
Valentino Rossi
Jorge Lorenzo

Rizla Suzuki MotoGP:
Chris Vermeulen
Loris Capirossi

Tech 3 Yamaha:
Colin Edwards
James Toseland

Repsol Honda Team:
Dani Pedrosa
TBA*

* expected to be Andrea Dovizioso

Ducati Marlboro Team:
Casey Stoner
TBA*
Nicky Hayden
(confirmed)

Kawasaki Racing Team:
John Hopkins
TBA* (currently Anthony West)
TBA**
* Marco Melandri says he will join Kawasaki.
**A third Kawasaki is expected to join the 2009 grid.

San Carlo Honda Gresini:
TBA (currently Alex de Angelis)
TBA (currently Shinya Nakano)

Alice Team:
TBA (currently Toni Elias)
TBA (currently Sylvain Guintoli)

LCR Honda MotoGP:
TBA (currently Randy de Puniet)

JiR Team Scot MotoGP:
TBA (currently Andrea Dovizioso)
TBA*

* JiR and Team Scot intend to split into two separate Honda outfits for 2009.


Recent rumours suggest that a fifth Ducati, to be ridden by former title runner-up Sete Gibernau, could also appear next season


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I hope Dovi gets a factory seat, I think that kid has talent.
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Malandri confirmed at kaw for 2 years:


Former 250cc World Champion and MotoGP runner-up Marco Melandri will ride for Kawasaki in 2009 and 2010, having signed a contract with `Team Green´ at the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix.
The move had been on the cards for several weeks, with Melandri himself having already stated his intention to move to Kawasaki in the post-race test at Brno last month.
Kawasaki boss Michael Bartholemy told motogp.com, `A few hours ago we secured Marco Melandri after eighteen months of negotiations -we started approaching him last year- and I think with him and John (Hopkins) it is the strongest rider line-up that we have had since we joined MotoGP in 2003.´
Melandri will make his debut aboard the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR during the two-day test immediately after the conclusion of the 2008 season at Valencia in October.
The Italian rider will look to rebuild his confidence and form with his new team after a difficult time with current outfit Ducati. Melandri finished second in the World Championship in 2005 and in the top five in 2006 and 2007 on Honda machinery, before struggling to adapt to the Desmosedici GP8 this year. His contract for 2009 had been terminated by mutual consent.
Kawasaki will be the fourth manufacturer for whom Melandri has ridden in MotoGP, after Yamaha and the aforementioned Honda and Ducati rides.
Melandri´s move is an important one for the state of the MotoGP grid, being the first instance of a rider switching teams to be officially confirmed for 2009.


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Sete was also confirmed, but nothing on paper yet... (sat ducati)



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I am pretty sure that De Puniet has signed for anotehr year with LCR as well.


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Sete was also confirmed, but nothing on paper yet... (sat ducati)
yea i was going to post it but decided not to since it wasnt official yet... hopefully it will be soon though...itll defently make things intresting

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I am pretty sure that De Puniet has signed for anotehr year with LCR as well.
yes he has...i guess lcr/hrc havent learned there lesson yet:


LCR Honda have announced an extension of their project with the French rider Randy de Puniet and HRC for next year´s MotoGP World Championship.
The two-year contract for De Puniet for the 2008 and 2009 seasons was agreed at the end of the 2007 season and with the recent confirmation that HRC will supply the team with an RC212V for a third year in 2009, LCR have cemented their plans.
Team Manager Lucio Cecchinello stated, `I think that Randy and Honda have great potential. Our aim was to continue with Randy and thanks to HRC´s support we will cooperate together for next season as well. I am happy to say that we have retained all our present team staff for our 2009 project with Randy.´
The Managing Director of HRC, Kosuke Yasutake, added, `We are very pleased to continue our association with the LCR Honda team. They are a very well managed team with excellent technical and software staff and their RC212V is always very well prepared. We wish them luck in the 2009 season.´
For his part De Puniet declared, `The 2009 season will be my fourth year in the MotoGP class. Honda is working hard to improve the RCV machine and the LCR Team is very professional. They are like a family for me. We have got the potential to get good results and we will do our best to achieve our goals.´


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I guessing Marco Sim and Mika Kilio will take both vacant honda seats on the Jir Scotts team.
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I guessing Marco Sim and Mika Kilio will take both vacant honda seats on the Jir Scotts team.
The JiR/Scot team have split for 2009 so it is not clear if Team Scot will continue. Luca Montiron och JIR have all paperwork done with HRC so he will field one bike. The question remains if HRC will/can supply yet anotehr bike.
If Team Scot continue they will field Yuki Takahashi, one reason that HRC might step up and field a bike, while MOntiorn has said that he is close to signing Spies...


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Nicky Hayden joins Ducati.

Monday, 15th September 2008

Nicky Hayden finally confirmed at Ducati Marlboro for the 2009 MotoGP World Championship.

Just one day after scoring his first podium of the 2008 season, in Sunday's Indianapolis Grand Prix, it has finally been officially announced that 2006 MotoGP world champion Nicky Hayden will join Ducati for 2009.

Hayden's Ducati move, which will see the 27-year-old line-up alongside 2007 world champion Casey Stoner, has been considered a done deal for many months. The American will make his debut on next year's Desmosedici GP9 in a test immediately after the season-ending Valencia Grand Prix, on October 27th.

"We are really happy to have Nicky join us," declared Claudio Domenicali, Ducati Corse CEO and Ducati Motor Holding Product Director. "We are certain that his never-say-die attitude, riding style and character will be great additions to our team in 2009. I would like to thank HRC for allowing Nicky to start testing our bike immediately after the Valencia Grand Prix."

Although a Repsol Honda rider for his entire six-year grand prix career, there has been an increasing degree of inevitability about Hayden and Ducati joining forces, which began when the Italian marque first tried to sign the American towards the end of his title-winning season.

Hayden eventually chose to stick with Honda for a further two years - believing, like many, that the Japanese giant would be hard to beat during the start of the new 800cc era - just as it had been when the 990cc class began in 2002.

But it was Stoner, signed by Ducati after Hayden's polite rejection, who romped to ten wins and the 2007 title, then provided the closest opposition to Yamaha's Valentino Rossi during 2008.

By contrast Hayden, and to a lesser extent Honda, have struggled ever since the capacity cut - the Kentuckian claiming just four podiums since the end of 2006, while Honda has won only four races, all with Hayden's team-mate Dani Pedrosa.

Many consider (rightly or wrongly) that Hayden hasn't received the backing he deserves from Honda since the arrival of former 125 and double 250cc world champion Pedrosa.

The difference in physical size (Pedrosa weighs 18 kg less than Hayden) and riding styles means Honda always faced a difficult task in designing a motorcycle suited to both riders - illustrated by Hayden's early switch to the pneumatic-valve engine - whilst Pedrosa's shock mid-season tyre change proved to many the influence the Spaniard and his supporters yield within the team.

Like Hayden, Stoner's team-mates for the past two seasons, Loris Capirossi and Marco Melandri, have also struggled, leading to claims - strenuously denied by Ducati - that the 800cc Desmosedici is a 'Stoner bike'. Melandri will join Kawasaki next season after the second year of his Ducati contract was annulled by mutual consent.

"I would also like to thank Marco Melandri for his professionalism during a difficult year, which was below all our expectations," said Domenicali. "Unfortunately his feeling with the Desmosedici was never good enough to allow him to ride as well as he can. We wish him all the best for the future."

Ducati seems to be placing its faith in similarities between Stoner and Hayden's riding styles - both come from a dirt track background - and have been buoyed by the recent form of Alice's Toni Elias, who has taken two podiums at the last three rounds.

Hayden is also used to working with strong team-mates - having been teamed with Valentino Rossi in 2003, Alex Barros in 2004, Max Biaggi in 2005 and Pedrosa from 2006 onwards - but will be expecting a much better relationship with Stoner than he has had with Pedrosa.

Hayden became the youngest ever AMA Superbike champion (at 21 years old) with Honda in 2002 and secured a place in HRC's factory Repsol outfit for the 2003 MotoGP season - although he came close to joining Yamaha.

After beating World Superbike champions Troy Bayliss and Colin Edwards to be the 2003 MotoGP rookie of the year, with two podiums and fifth in the points, Hayden suffered a tough second season, slipping to eighth in the standings, as Honda faced a difficult start to its post-Rossi era.

The immense pressure on Hayden to deliver a debut victory was finally released on home asphalt at the 2005 US Grand Prix, a race he won again - along with Assen - in 2006.

Despite being knocked out of the title lead by Pedrosa at the penultimate round of that season, Hayden achieved the 'impossible' when he overturned Valentino Rossi's eight point advantage at the season finale. Hayden is the only rider other than Rossi to win a 990cc MotoGP title.

JiR Team Scot Honda rookie Andrea Dovizioso is expected to take Hayden's RCV ride alongside Pedrosa.

Meanwhile, despite Hayden's departure, an American might still be riding an RCV next season, if triple AMA Superbike champion Ben Spies can clinch Dovizioso's JiR seat.

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Good for him, im glad to see him leave honda and he did a great job at indy yesturday. I know its far fetched but id like to see him stick it to honda/pedrosa like he did at indy for the rest of the season and then up and leave at the end of the season. And then continue to stick it to them next year on the ducati


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According to him at Misano anyway. He will field a RC212V for 2009.


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I was trying to point out that it's not called "och" in English
it's called "and".
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I was trying to point out that it's not called "och" in English
it's called "and".
Seems like nobody else cared so I´ll keep it....


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s'not the first time Gustav's done that, but we generally see thru it. If that's the worst of his swenglish we're in good shape.

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lol, the rivalry between swedes and norwegians will go on until the end of time I think.

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lol, the rivalry between swedes and norwegians will go on until the end of time I think.
Nah. It is quite simple. We are superior and the only thing they´ve got going is the oil.


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