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Official: Bostrom signs for Renegade.

"Ben is no stranger to the bike, and the team are pretty confident, with the help we are receiving from Honda Europe and the skill of our own engineers, to have everything ready well in advance for when we fly out to Qatar. The only thing Ben doesn't know is the Pirelli tyres," detailed Griffiths.

When questioned as to why they would run only one rider this season, Griffiths replied: "Only having one rider allows us to concentrate our efforts and financial resources to a much higher degree, giving Ben and the team the best chance of winning."

Fan favourite Pier-Francesco Chili was also in the picture for the Renegade ride, but finally decided to take his newly found Honda support to Klaffi, a former World Supersport team.

Griffiths admitted that other riders in the picture were not anything to get excited about, helping him in his decision to run only one rider this year.

Meanwhile, Renegade will keep Koji as their title sponsor, with Griffiths adding that a large number of Italian firms have shown interest in sponsorship opportunities since the rumours started circulating about the team's move to Italy and partnership with Honda.

The first round of the 2005 World Superbike championship will take place at Qatar on the 26th of February.


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