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Scot confirms Takahashi to MotoGP.

Shortly after the conclusion of Friday's track action in Japan, it was officially confirmed that Team Scot will field Yuki Takahashi on Honda RC212V machinery in MotoGP next season.

Scot joined forces with JiR Honda to run Andrea Dovizioso during the Italian's rookie 2008 MotoGP campaign, during which it also continued to field Takahashi in the 250cc class.

The short JiR/Team Scot collaboration will end at Valencia, but Team Scot will remain on the premier-class grid after securing the sixth and final 2009 Honda ahead of JiR. JiR now looks likely to leave the paddock (see separate story) after confirming an end to its Honda association.

With Shinya Nakano's future uncertain, Takahashi looks set to become the only full-time Japanese MotoGP rider next year - something which, in the absence of a seventh RCV, will have been an overwhelming factor in Team Scot's selection by Honda.

24-year-old Takahashi has scored two 250GP victories, but just two additional podiums, since making his full time class debut at the start of 2005. His highest championship ranking is sixth in 2006.

Dovizioso has taken three fourth-place finishes for JiR Team Scot this season and will move to the factory Repsol Honda outfit in 2009.

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farmer giles

September 26, 2008 7:31 PM

Takahashi has turned in performances way batter than his bike should allow this year. I think he may well merit a GP ride, he certainly deserves some credit from Honda. Of course they`re gonna want to field a Japanese rider.

GoSlow - Unregistered

September 26, 2008 2:58 PM

I don't mind these "nearly" riders getting gp rides for 1 year, sometimes they just click with the bike (Stoner wasn't an exeptional 125/250 rider but it all works on a motogp bike). The problem comes when when they don't perform and then the sponsorship money keeps them there!

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