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@ Nick636 The rookie rule only prevents a rookie for riding for a direct factory team it does not prevent a rookie being given factory equipment in a satellite team. Simoncelli for example has had full factory equipment from the day he progressed to the MotoGP class. One point to remember This year Pedrosa & Dovi are contracted to Repsol Honda. Stoner & Somoncelli are contracted directly to Honda. Next Year Pedrosa & Stoner are contracted to Repsol Simoncelli is still directly employed by Honda. Truth is Gresini as a team only have funds to run 1 bike the same as LCR Simoncelli's side of the garage is 100% HRC they just wear Gresini colours. Honda have offered LCR a subsidised "near" factory spec bike and a second grid slot if they sign Dovi whos options are running out fast. Bear in mind however that Repsol Honda sacked Dovizioso at the end of last season with the offer of a financial settlement and it was only through legal action that he rides under Repsol colours this year &

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