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Takahashi on the brink of MotoGP move

Takahashi on the brink of MotoGP move

Yuki Takahashi could test the Honda RC212V after Valencia, with his move to MotoGP in the future a near-certainty.

250cc rider Yuki Takahashi´s ascension to MotoGP is expected to be announced this weekend, and the JiR Team Scot man has revealed that he could have his first ride on an 800cc machine as soon as the post-season test at Valencia.

With his current team´s plans for a split to be divulged further on Friday, Japanese rider Takahashi is expected to play an important part in Honda´s plans to field a home competitor in the premier class as a replacement for Andrea Dovizioso. Takahashi admitted that a move was close to completion at the Thursday pocketbike event, in which he raced against some of Honda´s other Japanese motorcycle competitors.

`We are almost certain to move up to MotoGP, so I am really happy about this,´ said Takahashi. `I like the team and they are a good fit for me.

`I never rode a MotoGP bike before and, although I am excited, I´m also worried at the same time. It will be an interesting feeling, and maybe after this season is over I will try to ride the 800cc bike.´

Before that, however, the Japanese rider has a home race to contest –his first chance to ride against the other quarter litre class competitors since Misano after the cancelation of the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix.

`I will have a lot of family, friends and sponsors here, so I want to get a good result. I was ready to ride at the last round, so I was hoping that they would have two races here!´ joked the local star.

MotoGP, 2008, A-STYLE GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, Yuki Takahashi

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