Repsol Honda held its official 2009 team launch on Saturday afternoon at the Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad de Madrid, alongside the Indoor Trial round.

The launch began with Repsol's recently crowned triple World Indoor Trial Champion, Toni Bou, making a spectacular entrance into the hall alongside Repsol Honda's new MotoGP star Andrea Dovizioso - the pair jumping onto the stage on trial bikes.

With Spanish team-mate Dani Pedrosa unable to attend in person due to his recent forearm and knee surgery, Dovizioso became the star of the show. Nevertheless, Pedrosa was present in virtual form, via a satellite link, allowing him to greet all the fans in the stadium and respond to questions from some Repsol workers.

At the end of the presentation Dovizioso unveiled the 2009 Repsol Honda RC212V, and declared he will do all he can to fight for title during his second season in the premier-class and first as a factory rider.

"Becoming an official rider in the Repsol Honda Team is a dream come true for me," said Dovizioso, the leading satellite rider in the 2008 world championship. "It is a great experience and an incredible challenge, something I have already had a chance to see in the pre-season practice sessions.

"Being in the official team means that you carry more responsibility, I now have to help develop the motorbike, and that in the world of MotoGP is quite complex.

"All I did before was to ride and go as fast as possible, refining the setup, but now I also have to think about how the bike behaves so that its overall performance can be improved.

"The bike is going quite a bit better as we have more power coming from the engine, and a new chassis has really helped us with the sensations that the front end transmits to us, it now leans over better.

"I am very pleased to be in Madrid for the presentation of the Repsol team, and from now on I will do all I can in the fight for the world title," vowed the young Italian.

Dovizioso will be back on track during the third and final 2009 pre-season test at Jerez, from March 28-29, but Pedrosa's injuries mean he will not be present.

Instead Dani, the only rider to win races on the RC212V, is focusing all his efforts on being fit for the Qatar season opener on April 12.

"I feel fine - that is making progress at a normal pace - and taking things with a lot of patience, because I still have two weeks left before I can begin to bend my knee," confirmed the Catalan. "That is why I have not been able to be with the fans that have gone to see the presentation in Madrid, I have to let my body recover, which after all is what you have to bear in mind in a case like this.

"But being able to greet the fans that have gone to the presentation thanks to the video-conference from Barcelona, I am glad that I was able to be present, even though it was through a monitor.

"I would like to be fit enough to do more practice, but I will have to find another way to prepare. The objective is still the same, try to be fit for the first race in Qatar in a month's time," he concluded.

After the presentation, the party carried on with the final round of the World Indoor Trial Championship, something that gave Bou a chance to offer his fifth world title to the public - his third indoor title - after he wrapped up the championship by winning the penultimate round in Italy.



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