Who's Where in 2010?
Speculation and confirmations from Visordown.com
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.
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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