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Honda Pons continues international expansion

Honda Pons continues international expansion

Honda Pons continues international expansion

The arrival of Max Biaggi and Tohru Ukawa to the Honda Pons team to replace Alex Barros and Loris Capirossi sees the Spanish team start the 2003 season with the current number 2 and number 3 riders in the world. The deal expands former 250cc World Champion Sito Pons´ commitment to MotoGP and furthers the internationalisation of his team, which has not had a Spanish rider since 1999.

Pons stepped up to the premier class with his own team in 1990 after twice winning the quarter-litre crown. Alex Crivillé took his place in 1992 and 1993 before being replaced by Alberto Puig, who lasted until 1995 when a serious accident at Le Mans paved the way for Carlos Checa. Puig returned to ride alongside Checa in 96 and 97 but retired in 98 and was replaced by American John Kocinski, the first non-Spaniard to ride for Pons.$$$ One year later both riders moved on, making way for Brazilian Alex Barros and Spaniard Juan Borja, the most recent Spaniard to have ridden in Team Honda Pons.

It was Borja who made way for Loris Capirossi in 2000 and the Italian formed a formidable partnership with Barros which lasted for three seasons. They went their separate ways at the end of 2002, with Barros heading to Yamaha and Capirossi to Ducati. Biaggi and Ukawa will now form a completely new partnership for Sito Pons in his fourteenth season of premier class MotoGP racing.

MotoGP, 2002

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