Dovizioso Signs with Monster Tech 3 Yamaha for 2012

10/08/2011 @ 9:52 pm, by Jensen Beeler6 COMMENTS

Dovizioso Signs with Monster Tech 3 Yamaha for 2012 Andrea Dovizioso Repsol Honda 635x421

Another seat in the silly season game of musical chairs has been snatched, as Andrea Dovizioso has signed a contract with the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha squad for the 2012 season. Shit out of luck, in more common vernacular, Dovizioso found himself the odd-man out after Honda announced that it would only have three factory riders for the upcoming season. With Stoner and Pedrosa still under contract through that term, this news meant a tough choice between Dovi and rival Marco Simoncelli. Though consistently placing higher than his fellow Italian, Dovizioso lost out to SuperSic’s bold track moves and likable off-track demeanor.

While bad news for Dovi, the falling-out from Honda meant good news for the rest of the MotoGP teams who were anxious to retain the services of the potently quick Repsol Honda rider. Hervé Poncharal’s Monster Tech 3 Yamaha team seemingly won the battle of the offers, as it’s being reported that the French team has signed Andrea Dovizioso for the 2012 season, beating out the many other offers Dovi had on the table, including a reportedly factory-spec Honda at LCR Honda.

The switch to the satellite Yamaha squad will be the first time Dovizioso in his GP career  has ridden a bike other than a Honda, though the move could be a potent one for the Italian. HRC currently has a plethora of candidate riders in factory seat, and has its line of succession for factory positions well in order (most notably Moto2 rider Marc Marquez). Meanwhile Yamaha has a path of lesser resistance into the factory team, with the factory having virtually no one that’s ready for a factory bike in the queue. If Dovi can prove his mettle on the satellite 1,000cc Yamaha YZR-M1, and Ben Spies has another season of mixed results, it is possible Dovi could find a factory seat for the 2013 season, an idea that’s helped by the fact that many MotoGP rider contracts are set to expire in 2012.

Dovi’s move to Tech 3 increases the speculation regarding who will take the open seat at LCR Honda (no one is expecting Toni Elias to have his contract renewed for 2012). With Dovi out of the picture, rumors go from former-LCR rider Randy de Puniet, to factory Suzuki rider Álvaro Bautista, with Marc Marquez and even John Hopkins names being mentioned. Whether any of those candidates would receive Dovi’s promised factory-spec Honda is up for speculation (except for Marquez who would be barred from a factory bike during his rookie season), though we suspect that offer might have been a $4-5 million concession LCR made purely for Dovi alone.

With MotoGP headed to Australia next weekend, we expect more news will come out of the GP paddock at Phillip Island. A&R will be coming to live from down under for the race, so stay tuned for our coverage.

Source: MotoMatters; Photo: Honda

Comment:

  1. Ben Haines says:

    Typo : “Though consistently placing hire than his fellow Italian, Dovizioso lost out to SuperSic’s bold track moves and likable off-track demeanor.”

    Hire = Higher ??

  2. Rexr says:

    Highly unlikely he had a an offer of a factory honda with LCR otherwise he would of signed with them hence why he signed for Yamaha……doh

  3. Westward says:

    It was the only logical move in my opinion. HRC has been showing lack of confidence in Dovi since last year when they tried to move him to Gresini… Then, they even though he has been more consisent than Simo, they sign Simo before him. The real indication that HRC was not showing any favour to Dovi was when they clearly denied him the opportunity to ride the 1000 with the other Repsol pilots and Simo rode it instead most recently…

    Besides, Dovi has not shown that he could win races over Stoner or Pedrosaon a Honda, neither has he shown potential to do so over Simoncelli…

    Yamaha is the best choice for him, plus the change could be just the difference needed to step up to the next level… Who knows, maybe the bike would suit him better…

    Also, DePuniet should go back to LCR, I kinda miss seeing Lauren Vickers in their team’s sponsors attire…

  4. Rexr says:

    I agree with……Westward

    Dovi hasn’t got the killer instinct……..I’m not a side showbob fan (58) but he has the instinct to push real hard to the point of chucking the bike down the road……..lol Dovi needs the man up….

  5. PD says:

    RE: “Whether any of those candidates would receive Dovi’s promised factory-spec Honda is up for speculation (except for Marquez who would be barred from a factory bike during his rookie season), though we suspect that offer might have been a $4-5 million concession LCR made purely for Dovi alone.”

    I thought rookies were just not allowed to BE in a factory team (except for Suzuki) in MotoGP. I didn’t think there were any prohibitions against rookies being able to race a factory-spec bike in a satellite team.

    In fact, I’ve read many reports that Alzamora has requested that Honda reserve a factory-spec RC213V for Marquez’ expected move up to MotoGP in 2012.

  6. PD, this brings up the debate regarding what exactly is a factory team.