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Chief mechanic change for Dovizioso

The Repsol Honda team has confirmed to that Andrea Dovizioso has a new chief mechanic for his second season with the factory team.

Ramon Aurin has been promoted from being the Italian's telemetry technician to chief mechanic, a position formerly occupied by Pete Benson (pictured), who won the 2006 MotoGP World Championship as chief mechanic for Nicky Hayden.

Benson is no longer with Honda and is reported to be working with Scott Redding in Moto2 this year. Carlo Luzzi, one of the engineers tempted from Yamaha to Honda for 2010, has taken over Aurin's former telemetry job.

The other two ex-Yamaha engineers, Andrea Zugna and Cristian Battaglia, are working directly with HRC, rather than a specific race team.

In other more broader changes, Dovizioso and team-mate Dani Pedrosa now have a team manager each at Repsol Honda - mirroring the situation with Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo at Fiat Yamaha.

Alberto Puig is team manager for Pedrosa, with Gianni Berti occupying the role for Dovizioso.

Dovizioso finished sixth in the 2009 standings with HRC, one place lower than his rookie 2008 ranking with Scot Honda, but did take his first MotoGP race win in damp conditions at Donington Park.

That win also marked Dovizioso's only podium of the 2009 season, during which he switched from Showa to Ohlins suspension.

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Yamaha-M1 Fan. - Unregistered

February 04, 2010 9:34 AM

Sad to see one of the best crew chiefs in Pete Benson go because Dovi could not get on with him but it will be no different he will prob want him out too when things aint going right on his bike and possibly Dovizioso joining up with him out of the Repsol team.

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