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Team and Kopron Team Scot to merge

Team and Kopron Team Scot to merge

Team and Kopron Team Scot to merge

World Championship outfits Team and Kopron Team Scot have announced plans to merge in 2005 and compete in both the 250cc and 125cc categories with Honda.

The surprise news brings an end to the relationship between and Aprilia, with Kopron Team Scot continuing a successful affiliation with the Japanese factory which culminated in 125cc World Championship victory for Andrea Dovizioso in 2004.

Fabrizio Lai and Mike di Meglio have been confirmed as the riders for the 125cc team, whilst details of the 250cc pairing have yet to be finalised. However, with Dovizioso already assured a factory machine by Honda for the new season and Jorge Lorenzo and Hector Barberá confirmed today by Fortuna Honda, it seems the 125cc World Champion may stay with his current team.

Giuseppe Gabrielli, Stefano Bedon and Gino Borsoi of Team reached the deal with Kopron Team Scot representative Cirano Mularoni on Wednesday.

"We took a look at each other and realised that, although we are different, we have the same aspirations," explained Mularoni. "At that point the idea of a single, stronger structure was born, with the benefit of economical growth and presence in both categories, thanks to the excellent job done by my team in collaboration with Honda this season."

"With Cirano it quickly became apparent that we shared the desire to create an important structure," added Bedon. "We wanted to respond to the current requests from Dorna to increase both our professionalism and our image – in other words, quality.

"As Team, we have had to abandon our relationship with Aprilia in order to start a new adventure with Honda and the bike which has won the World Championship for the last two years with Dovizioso and Pedrosa.

"We had two possibilities - to remain as a small 125 team with two identical Aprilias or have an official Honda team in both classes... our answer was pretty immediate!"

125cc, 2004

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