MotoGP » Dovizioso set to join Tech 3 Yamaha

The Italian is believed to have turned down an offer from Honda to ride with LCR after Marco Simoncelli was given the same deal with Gresini.

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JOHN - Unregistered

October 08, 2011 2:09 PM

Without his factory bike, its simply downhill from here. He clearly failed to establish himself at Honda - if he was delivering the goods (that is winning races and titles) Honda would be doing everything to keep him on. I still wish him good luck where ever he is next...

Billy - Unregistered

October 08, 2011 2:17 PM

Dano posted earlier that Dovi has had a fair shot at it,well Pedrosa has had far longer and he has not exactly set the world on fire.
He's been more time's in hospital than he has been on the podium.

Nate - Unregistered

October 08, 2011 2:26 PM

I think this is a risky move with out any factory support for only a 1 year contract and the slim chance of moving on! Ben Spies is been groomed by Yamaha and where would Lorenzo go? Honda certainly won't take him with Marquez yet to step into the fold there!

trr - Unregistered

October 08, 2011 2:28 PM

Dovi made the right step, even if it seems one back at the moment. At Honda they do not really need him as long as they have Stoner or Pedrosa. HRC seems to rate Simoncelli higher and that is a big mistake, in my opinion. If Pedrosa leaves (and he will if Stoner continues to humiliate him on the 1000), who will be the wingman next to Stoner? Simoncelli or Marquez? :))
The first will never get a championship together (it is much more difficult than just :) being plain fast) and the second one will be too hungry (also). In case of Marquez, he seems to be a bit overrated for MotoGP, lets see first what he does on a big bike on Bridgestones than start giving him future championships. Back to topic: in my opinion Dovi is the perfect wingman for someone like Stoner, he is fast, will battle with the other aliens and always bring the good points home but is not a real danger to the No1 rider (in case of Honda hopefully that will be Stoner for a long time). On the other hand I understand if he

trr - Unregistered

October 08, 2011 2:29 PM

Cont: On the other hand I understand if he feels he can perform better, he has to find other ways to challenge the front runners. Compared to Simo, I do believe Dovi could be a champion some day, only needs to take more risks or be a bit more aggressive as other posters said. The reliability and the speed (I mean through a championship, not for one lap) is there. Good luck on the Yam!

iRONIC - Unregistered

October 08, 2011 3:16 PM

Crutchlow will be on his own next year. this year he has had Colin to lean on, but i can't see Cal confiding in Dovi too much. I think that Tech 3's aim next year is to make sure they beat the CRT bikes as thats all they will be capable of imo....

rigadigbadboy - Unregistered

October 08, 2011 3:31 PM

Wish Yamaha would put him on a third factory machine in the Tech3 team Like Simoncelli gets the third factory bike with Honda at Gresini. He is way to good to ride a sub-standard bike and has performed well in the last couple of seasons.


October 08, 2011 3:49 PM

I'm intrigued as to how Tech 3 can afford Dovi, because they're not exactly flush with cash. Edwards and Crutchlow are both paid by the team, but both salaries are heavily subsidised by outside funding (respectively Yamaha US and Dorna). And you'd think that Dovi would be way more expensive than either, based on his championship standing. So either he's taking a big pay cut or Monster are stumping up a lot of extra $$$s to run him. Or maybe Yamaha Japan are again stepping in with some financial support? If so, that could have implications for the quality of machinery provided for AD next season.

DSMC - Unregistered

October 08, 2011 3:49 PM

It will be an interesting year at Tech 3. With Bradley Smith already confirmed for 2013, that leaves only one seat. Dovi and Crutchlow will be going at it tooth and nail.

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