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Criville makes World Championship return

Criville makes World Championship return

Criville makes World Championship return

Alex Criville has decided to return to the MotoGP World Championship scene and will act as a full-time advisor to Toni Elias next season. Criville, world champion in the 125cc class in 1989 and the 500cc class in 1999, will offer support and advice to the young Fortuna rider who will compete on a Honda RC211V for Fausto Gresini's team, alongside Marco Melandri.

Criville returns to the MotoGP paddock some four years after announcing his retirement from racing. The Catalan rider explained his decision, stating: "After a certain amount of time away from bikes, I now want to return and get involved in a project where I can use my knowledge and experience."

"Toni is a rider with enormous potential who progressed very well in his first season in the MotoGP class despite suffering a nasty wrist injury. Working alongside him I hope to help him improve even further."

"I am very excited with this new chapter of my life and I hope we can achieve the objectives we have set ourselves. There is no doubt that Honda continues to be the best bike in the class, Fortuna a great sponsor and the Gresini team provides the best possible technical solutions and personnel which leads me to be very optimistic about this project I am taking on."

MotoGP, 2005

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