The MotoGP musical chairs can now start in earnest with the news that Andrea Dovizioso has confirmed that he will race with Tech 3 Yamaha for next season.
Dovi has signed a one year deal that will see him pair up with Cal Crutchlow for the 2012 season.
Dovizioso had also been offered a ride with Lucio Cecchinello’s LCR Honda team, which was said to include factory support from Honda. With Dovi’s decision to reject this offer and join Tech 3 Yamaha instead, this could leave the door open for John Hopkins to join LCR Honda instead.
Hopkins is rumoured to be the leading candidate for the LCR ride, although Alvaro Bautista has also been in discussions.
Andrea Dovizioso said:
“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. 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.”
Herve Poncharal said:
“I am delighted that a rider of Andrea’s stature has decided to commit his future to Tech 3 and Yamaha. 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.”
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