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Camel Honda announce official line-up

Camel Honda announce official line-up

Camel Honda announce official line-up

Makoto Tamada will ride alongside Max Biaggi under Camel Honda colours in the 2004 MotoGP World Championship, the team officially confirmed today. Camel have announced their continued alliance with the team run by Sito Pons and have added Tamada to their line-up thanks to an agreement with Pramac. Whilst Biaggi, three times runner-up in the MotoGP class, will be competing on Michelin tyres, Tamada will be continuing his role developing MotoGP tyres with Bridgestone. The new team was united for the first time on the first day of testing at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia on Tuesday.

"This project is now entering its second year and with the consolidation of last season's success, everything is now in place for the team to put up a real title-winning challenge," commented Sito Pons. "We are delighted to count on continued support from Camel to achieve this goal. Their whole-hearted commitment to MotoGP, and the passion, enthusiasm and experience they bring is a great plus not only for our team, but for the Championship as a whole.

"We are proud to continue our partnership with Max Biaggi, who will surely be a strong challenger for the world title, and we welcome the incorporation of such a promising rider as Makoto Tamada."

Tamada will bring his own team, formerly known as Pramac Racing, into the new structure and his former Team Manager Luca Montiron expressed his delight at the switch. "Just two years since the creation of Pramac Racing, and thus after two extremely important seasons in the premier class of the MotoGP, the Camel Honda Team project for 2004 is the pride of our workgroup.

"Thanks to the faith that two giants on the world stage, Honda and Bridgestone, have in us, we now have the additional prestige of a new partnership with an absolute top-level worldwide corporation, Japan Tobacco International. After making his debut in the MotoGP last season, our rider Makoto Tamada can now aspire to the highest levels, keeping our secret dream alive: that of gunning for victory with rider, motorcycle, title partner and tyres all from Japan."

MotoGP, 2003

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