Shortly after finishing 14th in Sunday's Valencia MotoGP season finale, Gabor Talmacsi confirmed that he will step down to the new Moto2 class in 2010.
The Hungarian began the year as a rookie in the 250cc class, but split from the Aspar-run Balatonring team due to a contractual dispute after just three races.
The well-financed former 125cc world champion then secured a shock MotoGP ride with the Scot Honda team from Catalunya onwards, initially alongside fellow rookie Yuki Takahashi and then as the team's only premier-class rider.
Thrown in the deep end, Talmacsi scored his points in eight of his twelve starts with a best finish of twelfth at Donington Park, but never looked like he fully got to grips with the RC212V.
“This season has been very tough,” said Talmacsi on Sunday evening at Valencia. “They say 'what doesn't kill you, makes you stronger'. Well, I collected a lot of experience in my MotoGP races. I'll make good use of it next season in the Moto2 class. I want to thank the team for all they did for me.”
Scot Racing will run a team in the new 250cc replacement class, but it is not thought that Talmacsi will stay.
"Gabor improved race by race, in a very difficult championship in which he competed without any proper preparation," said Scot sporting director Alberto Martinelli. "I want to thank him for his commitment and professionalism. I wish him all the best for his future."
2009 was Scot's second year in MotoGP, but it presently has no premier-class programme in place for 2010.