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2007 MotoGP Teams: Who rides for who?

2007 MotoGP Teams: Who rides for who?

2007 MotoGP Teams: Who rides for who?

As the "rider roundabout" keeps on turning, with numerous unexpected twists and turns as riders leave, join and change teams for the 2007 season, aims to keep you abreast of the current movers and shakers in the premier class with our handy reference guide.

Camel Yamaha

Confirmed Riders: Valentino Rossi, Colin Edwards

Camel Yamaha will continue with the Rossi-Edwards partnership which has brought them much success in previous seasons. The Italian renewed his contract with the team for the 2007 season back in June at Mugello, and last week at Valencia Edwards' also penned a one year deal. The Texan Tornado is a preferred team-mate of Rossi's, helping him out at Estoril and always willing to put the team ahead of personal glory.

Repsol Honda

Confirmed Riders: Nicky Hayden, Dani Pedrosa

World Champion Hayden will stay with Repsol Honda despite interest from a number of other teams. He penned a new deal with the team at Motegi as the triple flyaway came to an end, and will be joined by Rookie Of The Year Dani Pedrosa once more in 2007.

Ducati Marlboro

Confirmed Riders: Loris Capirossi, Casey Stoner

Ever-present for Ducati since their arrival in MotoGP, Loris Capirossi confirmed his continuation with the Italian team at the end of August. He is joined by Australian Casey Stoner, in a sharp change from Ducati's "experience over youth" policy. With Stoner in, 2006 rider Sete Gibernau has been left out in the cold.

Gresini Honda

Confirmed Riders: Marco Melandri, Toni Elias

Fausto Gresini confirmed before Portugal that he had chosen to use his one-year option on Marco Melandri for 2007, keeping the Italian with the team on his preferred Bridgestone tyres. There were doubts over a second rider for the Honda satellite team, but when Toni Elias took a surprise win in Estoril it was merely a case of crossing the "t"s and dotting the "i"s on a new deal for the Spaniard.

Kawasaki Racing

Confirmed Riders: Randy De Puniet, Olivier Jacque

The Japanese team, run by German manager Harold Eckl, will have two Frenchmen in their ranks next year. Randy De Puniet continues with the team, who have also promoted test rider and former 250cc World Champion Olivier Jacque to full-racer after the departure of Shinya Nakano.

LCR Honda

Confirmed Rider: Carlos Checa

On a busy day after the Grand Prix in Portugal, Carlos Checa made a last-minute move to Lucio Cecchinello's team on the Spaniard's 34th birthday. The transfer was prompted by Casey Stoner's decision to leave the outfit, and days later his riding for Ducati was confirmed by the Italian team.


Confirmed Riders: None as yet

The team with the most speculation surrounding them, Ilmor have a number of riders in the running for a ride with the first 800cc point-scorers. Garry McCoy rode for them at Estoril and Valencia, whilst Andrew Pitt and Jeremy McWilliams put the bike through the paces at the first post-season test. Chaz Davies, Shane Byrne and a number of World Superbike riders have been linked with Ilmor for 2007.

Rizla Suzuki

Confirmed Riders: John Hopkins, Chris Vermeulen

No change for Rizla Suzuki as they enter the 800cc era. The team continue with the Hopkins-Vermeulen partnership, who still have a year to run on their current contracts.

Pramac d'Antin Ducati

Confirmed Riders: Alex Barros, Alex Hofmann

With the latest version of the Desmosedici and Bridgestone tyres at their disposal, Pramac d'Antin will be looking for improvement next season. The team have brought back veteran Alex Barros to MotoGP, and have kept German rider Alex Hofmann onboard for a second season.

Konica Minolta Honda

Confirmed Rider: Shinya Nakano

Gianluca Montiron's team will stick with their one-rider focus in 2007, although Makoto Tamada leaves them after an inconspicuous two-year spell. Shinya Nakano keeps the Japanese tradition of the team alive, joining them after an extended stay at Kawasaki the day after the final race of 2006.

Tech 3 Yamaha

Confirmed Riders: Makoto Tamada, Sylvain Guintoli

Having lost out on Carlos Checa, Herve Poncharal's preferred option to continue with Tech 3 Yamaha in 2007, the Frenchman moved quickly to snap up free agent Makoto Tamada before the Valencia race. After the Grand Prix, test rider and 250cc competitor Sylvain Guintoli was offered a full spot in his countryman's team, leaving James Ellison reviewing his options for 2007.

Team Roberts

Confirmed Riders: None as yet

Although Team Roberts are yet to confirm a deal with Kenny Roberts Jr, it is expected that the American will continue to ride for his father's team next season. The presence of an additional rider was all but completely ruled out by Chuck Aksland earlier this season.

MotoGP, 2006

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