News 11 Oct 2011

Dovizioso confirmed to be leaving Honda, joining Tech 3 Yamaha

Italian star turns down LCR Honda offer for French-operated Yamaha squad.

Italian Andrea Dovizioso will switch from Repsol Honda to Tech 3 Yamaha for 2012.

Italian Andrea Dovizioso will switch from Repsol Honda to Tech 3 Yamaha for 2012.

The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team has revealed it has reached an agreement with Andrea Dovizioso for the 2012 MotoGP World Championship.

The 25-year-old brings a wealth of experience to the French-based Tech 3 Team having proven to be one of the fastest and most consistent performers on the grid since his MotoGP debut in 2008.

Five podium finishes, including four second places in 2011, have put Dovizioso in a fantastic third place in the world championship standings with just three races remaining.

“I’m happy to have reached this agreement with Tech 3 for next year and I want to thank Hervé Poncharal for the opportunity he is giving me,” Dovizioso said. “I am excited to become part of Hervé’s squad and to be teamed with Cal.

“I am sure this new challenge will be exciting, motivating and fun. Now that 2012 is sorted I want to focus on finishing the season in the best possible way.”

The Italian, who was 125cc World Champion in 2004 and twice runner-up in the 250cc class, will join Cal Crutchlow at Tech 3 for the hugely anticipated first season of the new 1000cc MotoGP era, which kicks off in Qatar on 15 April, 2012.

“I am delighted that a rider of Andrea’s stature has decided to commit his future to Tech 3 and Yamaha,” Poncharal said. “He is without doubt one of the fastest riders in the world who has proven on a regular basis that he is capable of challenging for the podium in MotoGP.

“I am thrilled that he trusts the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team to take his career to the next level and we can look forward to 2012 with high expectations. I am convinced that with Andrea and Cal we have one of the strongest line-ups on the grid in 2012 and both of them will demonstrate the potential of Yamaha’s new 1000cc machine.”