Andrea Dovizioso will partner Cal Crutchlow at Monster Yamaha Tech 3 next season after signing a one-year deal with the French team. The Italian has been a model of consistency this season, scoring points in 14 of the 15 races, and currently sits third in the championship.
This didn't prove enough though for him to be retained by the factory Honda squad and Dovizioso is now looking forward to a new chapter in his career.
“I’m happy to have reached this agreement with Tech 3 for next year and I want to thank HervÃ© Poncharal for the opportunity he is giving me. I am excited to become part of HervÃ©’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.”â€¨â€¨
With Colin Edwards leaving to join CRT newcomers Forward Racing, Team Manager HervÃ© Poncharal is delighted to see a rider of Dovizioso's speed and experience join the team.
“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.”