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How many riders are signed for next season?

As far as can be determined, and depending on things like performance-related clauses and what kind of renewal options are in place, only three riders look to have a 2010 MotoGP contract.

Those three are reigning six-time MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi (staying at Fiat Yamaha), 2007 world champion Casey Stoner (staying at Ducati) and 2008 250cc world champion Marco Simoncelli (moving to MotoGP with Honda Gresini).

With Aspar moving up to MotoGP with a one-rider Ducati team, and assuming that Hayate will not continue next year, that leaves 14 seats undecided: Three at Yamaha, all five at Honda, four at Ducati and both seats at Suzuki.

The key to the rider market remains Rossi's team-mate Jorge Lorenzo, who is thought to be nearing a decision on whether to stay at Yamaha or move to Honda.

Should Lorenzo stay at Yamaha, fellow Spaniard Dani Pedrosa's Repsol Honda seat looks a lot safer, although Pedrosa insists that his future is in no way linked with what Lorenzo does. Andrea Dovizioso's debut victory at Donington Park will also clearly help his chances of remaining at HRC.

Hayate's likely exit looks set to send Marco Melandri to the second Gresini seat, while 250cc title contender Alvaro Bautista is tipped to graduate with Aspar team to MotoGP.

More official announcements are expected around the Brno race weekend, after the summer break ends, from August 14-16.

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Scary - Unregistered

August 06, 2009 2:26 PM

Give Hiroshi Aoyama a factory Honda in a satellite team. He's ridden better than Simoncelli this year and deserves at least equal machinery. Surely the high-ups at Honda would like a Japanese Honda rider to do well.

VRob - Unregistered

August 06, 2009 10:07 PM

@wr86 You are way off base with those 'quotes' from Masao Furusawa. Firstly, Furusawa was not helping Toseland with setup, it was Fiat Team director Masahiko Nakajima. Secondly those 'quotes' are not from Furosawa at all but are excerpts from a highly suspect newspaper article which contained barely any direct quotes but plenty of bad reporting. A good example is the comment on Edwards' continued value as a development rider. Since when? Last I saw, Tech 3 didn't even have the budget to test! I'd give about as much credence to that article as I would to that BS post claiming knowledge of Toseland going over Poncharal's head to effect a change of crew chief - total sh1tstirring rubbish.

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