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Official: Dovizioso to Repsol Honda.

Friday, 26th September 2008

Andrea Dovizioso officially announced as a Repsol Honda rider for the 2009 MotoGP season.

As predicted, HRC has used its home Japanese Grand Prix weekend to officially announce Andrea Dovizioso as a Repsol Honda rider for the 2009 MotoGP season.

The 22-year-old Italian - who has taken three fourth-place finishes to hold fifth position heading into round 15 of his rookie season with the satellite JiR Team Scot Honda outfit - will ride alongside Dani Pedrosa at HRC's factory team and in place of Nicky Hayden, who has already been confirmed at Ducati Marlboro.

"I am very pleased to announce that Andrea Dovizioso will join the Repsol Honda factory team for the 2009 MotoGP season, racing alongside Dani Pedrosa," said HRC president Masumi Hamane. "Andrea has raced Honda machines throughout his career and with great success in all categories of grand prix racing. He has a 125cc world title to his credit and several very successful seasons in the 250cc class. We believe Andrea is now ready to accept the challenge that awaits him in 2009. His talent is unquestioned and we admire his attitude towards racing. His dedication to the task at hand has impressed everyone at HRC.

"Andrea came into the MotoGP championship this year with an open mind and his debut season has shown all of us that he possesses the character and qualities so necessary to succeed. The MotoGP class is the most difficult of all classes for a rider but Andrea's skill and determination to learn has been rewarded. His current fifth place in the championship speaks for itself. HRC will provide Andrea with the best possible technical support to help him reach his full potential and we look forward to enjoying a happy and successful relationship," he added.

Dovizioso won the 125cc World Championship in 2004, took third in his debut season of 250cc competition in 2005, before finishing second to Aprilia's Jorge Lorenzo in both 2006 and 2007.

Dovi graduated to MotoGP with JiR Team Scot Honda and is currently one place and 29 points behind factory Yamaha rider Lorenzo in the 2008 MotoGP rookie of the year battle.

"I have raced Honda machines in grands prix for seven years because I have always wanted to be in the official HRC team," said Dovizioso. "Now I have the opportunity to join Repsol Honda, so this is a dream come true for me, I am very happy.

"This year I have ridden my rookie season for the JiR Scot satellite Honda team. So far it has been a good year, I am fifth in the championship, but most importantly I have already gained a lot of experience on a MotoGP bike. I think that riding one season with a satellite team before joining the HRC team is the best way forward. Of course, I am still learning about MotoGP and I believe that you must never stop learning.

"When I changed from 250, I quickly got a good feeling for MotoGP - riding the four-stroke and working with the electronics - but getting 100 per cent out of these machines is something very different. You must work very hard to take machine set-up and development in a direction which allows you to win races and championships. That is why you need to be on a factory team.

"In 125s and 250s, there isn't so much machine development, but in MotoGP there is always a lot of development. On a MotoGP bike you can change everything, so it's a really tough job because you are always thinking very hard about what you need to go faster. It isn't just your riding style and your racing lines, you have to think so much about all aspects of the machine, especially the electronics, which has been a new world for me this year.

"I am very much looking forward to starting work with HRC and the Repsol Honda Team. In the meantime, I will do my best to score some good results in the final races of 2008 to thank and reward my team who have helped me achieve so much over the years."

JiR and Team Scot will split next season. Scot will field its 250cc rider Yuki Takahashi in place of Dovizioso, while JiR - having announced the loss of Honda support - looks set to leave the paddock.

Repsol Honda's last world championship victory came with Hayden during 2006, the final season of 990cc racing. Since the start of the 800cc era, Honda has won just four MotoGP races, all with Pedrosa.

Pedrosa made the shock switch to Bridgestone tyres from round 14, at Indianapolis onwards, while Hayden's side of the garage has remained on Michelins, as are also currently used by Dovizioso. Dovizioso's 2009 tyres are still to be confirmed, and will naturally be dependent on the rumoured introduction of a one tyre rule.

Official: Dovizioso to Repsol Honda. | MOTOGP News | Crash.Net
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Old 09-26-2008, 05:56 AM Thread Starter
 
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Scot confirms Takahashi to MotoGP.

Friday, 26th September 2008

Yuki Takahashi will graduate from 250GP to MotoGP next season.

Shortly after the conclusion of Friday's track action in Japan, it was officially confirmed that Team Scot will field Yuki Takahashi on Honda RC212V machinery in MotoGP next season.

Scot joined forces with JiR Honda to run Andrea Dovizioso during the Italian's rookie 2008 MotoGP campaign, during which it also continued to field Takahashi in the 250cc class.

The short JiR/Team Scot collaboration will end at Valencia, but Team Scot will remain on the premier-class grid after securing the sixth and final 2009 Honda ahead of JiR. JiR now looks likely to leave the paddock (see separate story) after confirming an end to its Honda association, which began in 2003.

With Shinya Nakano's future uncertain, Takahashi looks set to become the only full-time Japanese MotoGP rider next year - something which, in the absence of a seventh RCV, will have been an overwhelming factor in Team Scot's selection by Honda.

24-year-old Takahashi has scored two 250GP victories, but just two additional podiums, since making his full time class debut at the start of 2005. His highest championship ranking is sixth in 2006.

Dovizioso has taken three fourth-place finishes for JiR Team Scot this season and will move to the factory Repsol Honda outfit in 2009.

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2009 should be a very very interesting year in GP.. can't wait for it to kick off.
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Old 09-26-2008, 02:05 PM
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2009 should be a very very interesting year in GP.. can't wait for it to kick off.
yup and no more jir team so no seats for spies


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Am I the only one that wants to see Spies in WSBK on a Suzuki?
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Old 09-26-2008, 07:03 PM
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Am I the only one that wants to see Spies in WSBK on a Suzuki?
you and me both.

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you and me both.
that makes 3 of us but im hearing talks of him going to wsbk yamaha.... idk why though and i dont think its the best idea... brand new bike for him and his partner and a new team and tracks to learn....why make things harder then they already are going to be


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ya no kidding. Atleast he won't be teamed with Neuikirchner tho, that kid would be a liability as a teammate. Altho it's not like he's not used to having a fast as f*ck teammate.

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ya no kidding. Atleast he won't be teamed with Neuikirchner tho, that kid would be a liability as a teammate. Altho it's not like he's not used to having a fast as f*ck teammate.
idk he's not consistent in my eyes... i think his only advantage would be track knowledge.... alstare should tryn sign both spies and mladin that would be a knockout punch in that series.... to bad itll never happen bc the 2 of thems salaries are to rich for alstares blood....we got a better chance of seeing the whole yosh team move to wsbk with both riders


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I like Matt, would def like to see him go WSBK. I think Spies would do fine with Max N. as his team mate
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Max N is a good rider I don't doubt that at all. Is Spies better? possibly, possibly not, I have no idea. But I do see Max as young developing talent, same as I see Ben. The 2 of them teamed would be awesome.

As far as Mat and Ben going somewhere, f*ck me I'm of the opinion that they should shitcan the entire Suzuki GP squad and contract Yosh to do it for them. Insane maybe, but also maybe the best thing that ever happened to that squad, and the Yosh boys might well be unemployed in ~48 hours.

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I like Matt, would def like to see him go WSBK. I think Spies would do fine with Max N. as his team mate
i agree i dont see him as a big threat as far as talent just track experience

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Max N is a good rider I don't doubt that at all. Is Spies better? possibly, possibly not, I have no idea. But I do see Max as young developing talent, same as I see Ben. The 2 of them teamed would be awesome.

As far as Mat and Ben going somewhere, f*ck me I'm of the opinion that they should shitcan the entire Suzuki GP squad and contract Yosh to do it for them. Insane maybe, but also maybe the best thing that ever happened to that squad, and the Yosh boys might well be unemployed in ~48 hours.
i think hes a good rider "Max N" i just dont think he's consistent enough to be a real threat for spies to not be in the same team...in reply to your previous post.... and yes the rizla boys need to go big mistake by suzuki in resigning them both....and thats right sundays the last race... i wonder if yosh has the funds and resources to go racing in wsbk?


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I was meaning the whole team, not just the riders. I mean take all the guys currently employed by Yosh in AMA and contract them to run the GP team.

They've proven that they're able to develope a bike. The Suzuki guys have proven their ability to chase their tail with developement.

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I was meaning the whole team, not just the riders. I mean take all the guys currently employed by Yosh in AMA and contract them to run the GP team.

They've proven that they're able to develope a bike. The Suzuki guys have proven their ability to chase their tail with developement.
yea itd be intresting but would never happen....honestly i think with better tires and a little more hp they could go over with spies and mladin on the gixxer and beat the rizla team


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yea itd be intresting but would never happen....honestly i think with better tires and a little more hp they could go over with spies and mladin on the gixxer and beat the rizla team
You mean the Rizla team in GPs or in BSB or teh Alstare Corona team in WSBK?


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You mean the Rizla team in GPs or in BSB or teh Alstare Corona team in WSBK?
shit all 3 but i was talking about in "GP"


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You mean the Rizla team in GPs or in BSB or teh Alstare Corona team in WSBK?
LOL, all of the above.

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Yoshimura Suzuki is a great team but I think you are getting a tad carried away here...


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Yoshimura Suzuki is a great team but I think you are getting a tad carried away here...
lmao i dont think so rizla suzuki motogp sucks....everytime you think they got it right all da sudden they back at the bottom of the field again


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Maybe Rizla Suzuki should learn from Yosh Suzuki about how to cheat...
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