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Simon signs for Moto2.

Newly crowned 125cc world champion Julian Simon has confirmed that he will move with his present Aspar team to the new Moto2 championship next season.

Having stepped back down to 125cc for this season, Simon stormed to five wins and ten podiums from the 14 races so far - and was crowned world champion after a final lap victory over team-mate Bradley Smith at Phillip Island last Sunday.

“Yes I will be in Moto2,” said the Spaniard. “I am happy to go to a new category again. Last year I came back to 125 and now I have the opportunity to go back up to Moto2. I hope I can stay strong, have a good bike and make the best of it. Like everybody, one day I would like to reach MotoGP.”

Whilst Simon's future has been decided, Smith is still mulling over options to remain with Aspar in 125GP or move to Moto2.

A Moto2 move would probably mean leaving the Aspar line-up, since present Aspar 250GP rider Mike di Meglio is tipped to partner Simon next season.

Moto2 will replace 250cc and feature 600cc four-stroke motorcycles with identical engines, electronics and tyres - but different chassis.



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foz 101

October 22, 2009 7:39 PM

I don't know if this is the first 'official' announcement. I think Jules Cluzel is on one of the Tech3 Moto2 bikes next year isn't he? Cardion AB have a bike so Karel Abraham will be on that, Pramac have 2 bikes, one of which will probably have Mattia Pasini on if his Pramac Ducati test mid-season is anything to go by. As for Bradley, he'd be better walking into the 2011 season of Moto2 as 125 Champion. He'd get a better bike first up. I think Scott Redding might get a ride in 2010, as he's a giant of a boy for 125 but he'll not be on the Blusens BQR bike as they aren't entering until 2011.



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