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post #1 of 41 (permalink) Old 08-18-2009, 09:59 AM Thread Starter
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Who's Where in 2010?

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MotoGP 2010: Who's going where?
Visordown rider guide to the 2010 MotoGP season

Repsol Honda Team

Dani Pedrosa – confirmed for 2010

Andrea Dovizioso –confirmed for 2010

Fiat Yamaha Team

Valentino Rossi - confirmed for 2010

Jorge Lorenzo - looks set to stay with Yamaha in 2010 but could the reported 7million euro offer from Ducati tempt Jorge away?

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

Colin Edwards – Yamaha’s interest in keeping the Texan Tornado on board stems from his contribution to the factory with countless testing miles and valuable input into the development of the bike. The next season has to be Colin’s last if he cannot produce more podium finishes and/or wins as the Tech 3 team is capable of more than the finishes they are currently achieving.

James Toseland – Dorna desperate for a Brit to remain in the paddock to keep the lucrative and exclusive BBC TV deal. Plus JT has more to prove in MotoGP after a difficult start to the season put the two-time World Superbike champion behind his rivals.

Rizla Suzuki MotoGP

Loris Capirossi – Capirex has had flashes of high quality performance on the Suzuki with select appearances on the podium, 2010 is likely to be the Italian veterans swansong as Suzuki will be looking for more young blood to join its lineup.

Alvaro Bautista – confirmed for 2010


LCR Honda MotoGP

Randy de Puniet - a series of crashes have cast a shadow of doubt as to Randy's security in the team for 2010, despite a podium finish. A possible link to the eccentric French crew chief, Guy Coulon at Tech 3 is rumoured. Watch this space.

San Carlo Honda Gresini


Marco Simoncelli – confirmed for 2010

Marco Melandri – confirmed for 2010

Ducati Marlboro Team

Casey Stoner – confirmed for 2010

Nicky Hayden – a cash cow for Ducati, Nicky is a salesman’s dream in the US and brings in Ducati bike sales in the key market of North America, a highlighted example being the Hayden Laguna Replica 848. But is it enough to keep him in a factory ride?

Hayate Racing Team - OUT

After the heroic performances by the rejuvenated Marco Melandri, including a podium finish at Le Mans the team will not be continuing as Kawasaki will not be continuing the production of its MotoGP bike. It is disappointing to see the Kawasaki depart from the series after seven years, especially when Marco has finally demonstrated the true potential the bike has.

Pramac Racing

Mika Kallio – deserves more input from the factory squad as Mika has impressed with some excellent top ten results, often finishing the second best Ducati.

Michel Fabrizio – deputising in place of Mika Kallio after the Finn steps up to the factory squad to replace the injured Stoner, especially if the Ducati Xerox rider impresses at one of his favourable circuits, Brno.

Mattia Pasini – was rumoured that Mattia would step up to Pramac Racing and replace Canepa, after the team gave Niccolo an ultimatum to improve his results before Donington. Pasini currently rides in the 250 class for the struggling Team Toth, who have fallen short on their payments to Aprilia on a few occasions.

Scot Racing Team MotoGP

Gabor Talmasci – the financial backing from the Hungarian oil company Mol is likely to keep Talma in the Scot Racing outfit as the cash strapped privateer team will look for any form of income to keep the team in the top class.

Aspar Ducati – (one rider team)

Hector Barbera – confirmed for 2010

Exports from MotoGP

James Toseland – Hannspree Ten Kate Honda (WSBK)

Chris Vermuelen – Alstare Suzuki (WSBK)

Alex de Angelis – Moto2

Niccolò Canepa – One of the Ducati WSBK teams

Toni Elias – Honda Ten Kate/Stiggy (WSBK)

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post #2 of 41 (permalink) Old 08-18-2009, 01:34 PM
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Is Ducati offering Lorenzo Hayden's spot on the team or are they planning on going with three riders. Hayden is improving as he gets more time in the seat. He may even improve the bike for all other (Ducati) riders. God knows that Stoners' development has not helped any other rider but himself. Ducati would be foolish to get rid of a rider after only one year of development time. That being said, I'd like to see Lorenzo off the Fiat team and let the Rossi / Lorenzo war flourish like it is threatening to do now.

Melandri deserves a shot at a factory ride at some point. Other than with Ducati, he has proven his talent. I think both Marco's will be a threat at Gresini.

Edwards would be a good test rider for Yamaha after he retires. But retirement is essential.

I'd would love to see what Capirossi could do on a Honda or Yamaha. I think he still has some podiums left in him.

The series needs more seats for riders. Be it more manufacturers, or more bikes from the current crop of manufacturers, but the grid is getting way to small.

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That info is a bit out of date.
Pasini tested but will not be getting a race seat.
Fabrizio's race in Brno was a one off, he won't be at next round.

1rider, Both Marco's are at Gresini, this is confirmed.

As for Edwards, I don't get the people all wanting him to retire. He brings in consistant points, gets podiums, and almost always beats his team mate. He is the top non-factory rider, ahead of actual factory riders. Seems like he does fine. He might not ever win a race, but he is a great rider for any team.


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post #4 of 41 (permalink) Old 08-18-2009, 09:17 PM Thread Starter
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That info is a bit out of date.

Fair enough - everyone can feel free to update this list as the news hits the wires. I knew the OP wasn't the final list for next year but thought it would be good to have a thread where people can update and comment on moves, motives etc...

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well its just been made official that CV will not ride for suzuki in gp next year... as of we didnt already know... heres the link http://www.crash.net/motogp/news/151...ft_suzuki.html


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Rossia needs to at least stick around until he beats Ago's recod by 1


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Whats Hopper doing next year? Surely he will regain his MotoGP ride
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Shouldn't think so - he's barely racing in WSBK due to injuries and when he is racing he's not doing much worth mentioning.

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Hopkins was offered the Pramac ride for Indy and San Marino but he wanted a full ride for 2010 as well and Pramac decided that was a bit too much..


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Hopper needs to take time off to heal and work on therapy if needed for his injuries. Than try and come back... he's been aggravating old injuries that have not healed too often.. time to take a break
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Hopkins was offered the Pramac ride for Indy and San Marino but he wanted a full ride for 2010 as well and Pramac decided that was a bit too much..
No kidding...

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Hopkins needs to show that he can at least get on the podium somewhere other than AMA Formula Extreme before he deserves a shot at the big show again.
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Hopkins needs to show that he can at least get on the podium somewhere other than AMA Formula Extreme before he deserves a shot at the big show again.
HA!

Yeah cause he's been on the best of the best to begin with...

Whatever...
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Hopkins needs to show that he can at least get on the podium somewhere other than AMA Formula Extreme before he deserves a shot at the big show again.
raelly he never lived up to all his hype since moving to the world stage in any series.. I barely remember the AMA days for all the bad performance he's had the last few years.. Personally I think he has peaked and will never go anywhere..

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Yep, his career took a nosedive after the accepted the Kawi ride for the cash instead of sticking with the Suzuki that was actually becoming fairly competitive in GP.
That was a mother of a bad decision.

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again assuming that the Suzuki ride was open to him.

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The carreer ended when he took the Suzuki ride IMO... no ones been able to do shit with it.
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imo, the Suzuki hasn't been competative since about 1988.

They've bagged 2 titles since then, but in both cases I think it was more due to the fact that they had amazing riders rather than an even half decent motorcycle.

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Yep, his career took a nosedive after the accepted the Kawi ride for the cash instead of sticking with the Suzuki that was actually becoming fairly competitive in GP.
That was a mother of a bad decision.
At the time, the Kawi was looking very competitive too. It was toping the top speed charts more and more often, and was showing some very fast race pace too. Most people felt it was the riders holding it back. That was the 2007 bike. Kawi decided to use the same bike in 2008, which turned out to be a very bad decision as everyone else moved on.


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Melandri's performances this year proves the Kawasaki was on the right track... Everyone that talked their crap about that team was sure the bike was an under performer.

As it turns out no one predicted they would pull out and that the leftovers would prove as good as Melandri has shown it is...
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