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Dovizioso linked to Yamaha

Andrea Dovizioso could be facing the choice of being downgraded to a satellite Honda team next season, or moving to Tech 3 Yamaha.

Upon confirming the signing of 2007 world champion Casey Stoner from Ducati, Honda also announced its intention to keep both Dani Pedrosa and Dovizioso for 2011, meaning a three-rider factory squad.

But that is dependent on finding extra funding and, unless a sponsor steps up, Dovizioso looks like being the rider that will make way for Stoner.

This is despite the Italian being third in the 2010 standings and having performance-related options for 2011 to stay at Repsol Honda, which he looks set to fulfil.

GPOne.com reports that Dovizioso, who took his first and only MotoGP victory to date at a damp Donington Park last year, is facing the likelihood of a switch to the Gresini Honda team - on a factory bike, alongside fellow HRC signing Marco Simoncelli and at the expense of Marco Melandri - or joining Yamaha's satellite Tech 3 outfit.

Tech 3 will have at least one seat spare for 2011 - Ben Spies looks set to replace Valentino Rossi in the factory team, while Colin Edwards is facing an uncertain future.

Dovizioso has been a Honda rider since his full time grand prix debut in the 125cc class in 2002, and won the eighth-litre crown for Honda in 2004.

As well as loyalty to Honda, the concerns raised by Spies and Edwards over the competiveness of the 2010 satellite M1 - said to be a 2009 chassis, with 2010 engine - is also likely to make Dovizioso wary of a change of brand.




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RawDawg

July 22, 2010 5:50 PM

This sucks! Dovi is 3rd in the championship and is beating Stoner - the guy they just sign! He's been more consistent and faster than Stoner all year. MCN was saying that Dovi has a clause in his contract that if he is 5th or better after Laguna that he automatically gets a factory contract. But I guess a factory contract doesn't mean he's in the factory team (ie Simoncelli and Spies). It would best to stay with Honda on factory kit (which is being reported that he will get the same bike as Repsol - like Kato/Gibernau at Gresini) at Gresini than go to Tech 3. The satellite Honda looks better than the Tech 3 bike and it looks like Honda is taking better care of it's satellite teams.

Ace 27 - Unregistered

July 23, 2010 6:35 AM

I can't wait to see Burgess team up with Stoner to kick butt #46. That'll prove once and for all that Burgess is the one responsible for all you-know-who's successes.



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