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MotoGP field set to change in China

MotoGP field set to change in China

MotoGP field set to change in China

The MotoGP field will encompass a slightly changed face for the upcoming taobao.com Grand Prix of China, with two riders making a temporary comeback to the class, while others will be forced to sit out the inaugural Chinese event.

Team Roberts has confirmed it won't enter the next Grand Prix. After testing and racing on the prototype engines made by KTM, Shane Byrne will be back in the saddle of the Proton KR at Le Mans, where the team will have new race engines.

However, Japanese tuner Moriwaki Racing will bring the count eleven teams on the grid as they enter Tohru Ukawa as a wildcard. Having worked as a test rider for the HRC last year, Ukawa has recently been signed by Moriwaki to carry out the development of their Honda-powered prototype.

Another MotoGP returnee is Olivier Jacque. He only entered two races with Moriwaki last year and now set to replace the injured Alex Hofmann for the Chinese and French rounds.

The participation of Makoto Tamada, also injured last week in Portugal, still has to be confirmed. The Konica Minolta Honda rider hurt his right hand last weekend when he crashed in the early stages of the qualifying session.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2005, TAOBAO.COM GRAND PRIX OF CHINA

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