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MotoGP 2009 - confirmed signings.

Following Suzuki's announcement that it will run an unchanged rider line-up next season, here is a list of riders who have now officially signed for 2009:

The present team names have been used, although some title sponsors are likely to change during the winter.

Fiat Yamaha Team:
Valentino Rossi
Jorge Lorenzo

Rizla Suzuki MotoGP:
Chris Vermeulen
Loris Capirossi

Tech 3 Yamaha:
Colin Edwards
James Toseland

Repsol Honda Team:
Dani Pedrosa

* expected to be Andrea Dovizioso

Ducati Marlboro Team:
Casey Stoner

* 'certain' to be Nicky Hayden

Kawasaki Racing Team:
John Hopkins
TBA* (currently Anthony West)

* Marco Melandri says he will join Kawasaki.
**A third Kawasaki is expected to join the 2009 grid.

San Carlo Honda Gresini:
TBA (currently Alex de Angelis)
TBA (currently Shinya Nakano)

Alice Team:
TBA (currently Toni Elias)
TBA (currently Sylvain Guintoli)

LCR Honda MotoGP:
TBA (currently Randy de Puniet)

JiR Team Scot MotoGP:
TBA (currently Andrea Dovizioso)

* JiR and Team Scot intend to split into two separate Honda outfits for 2009.

Recent rumours suggest that a fifth Ducati, to be ridden by former title runner-up Sete Gibernau, could also appear next season.

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Toon - Unregistered

September 05, 2008 4:20 PM

Whatever the pros / cons of Gibernau returning, it should be noted that Ducati 'found something' in terms of set-up that helped Stoner become competitive again (at least until he got into chucker mode) plus for the first time enabled Elias to get up to the pointy end. Sheer co-incidence that this advance co-incided with the two testing sessions that Gibernau was involved in? My feeling is that with Gibernau on a Ducati, the bike is likely to develop a lot faster and probably in a direction more suitable for a variety of riders, rather than just be suited to the Stoner banzi approach. For that reason alone, he is good value for a ride.

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