New to here

Tickets purchase
VideoPass purchase

Mularoni delight at Dovizioso deal

Mularoni delight at Dovizioso deal

Mularoni delight at Dovizioso deal

Team Scot Manager Cirano Mularoni revealed his satisfaction yesterday at the announcement of a deal which will see his new look team, formed in partnership with Racing, run Andrea Dovizioso and Yuki Takahashi on factory Honda machinery in the 250cc World Championship next season.

Mularoni oversaw Dovizioso's successful 125cc World Championship campaign in 2004 and was delighted not only with the opportunity to continue his relationship with the Italian protégé for another two seasons but also with the level of support shown towards his team from HRC.

"I am really happy to continue this collaboration with Andrea, which began three years ago," said Mularoni. "We will stay together for another two seasons because we have found a good way of working together and the world title is a natural consequence of the harmony we found between the rider, the bike and the staff.

"We are sure that we can do it again – maybe it will be a bit too much to expect in 2005 but I am an natural optimist. Andrea is a champion and he has demonstrated that, not only by winning the 125cc title but also in the MotoGP test at Valencia after the race when he set lap times which were above everybody's expectations.

"So we are not expecting to see a ‘learner rider' but a World Champion who has the desire to demonstrate his talent in the premier class.

"Frankly I don't know Takahashi very well so I can't say what we can expect. The potential he showed at Motegi was high and if Honda have created the conditions for our team to join him up with Dovizioso next season it is because he has the quality to succeed on the world stage.

"The very fact that Honda have shown the confidence to bring Takahashi to my team makes me particularly proud and represents an extra incentive for all of us to work our hardest from now on, as we prepare for the new season."

250cc, 2004, Andrea Dovizioso

Other updates you may be interested in ›