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JiR announce Honda separation for 2009

JiR announce Honda separation for 2009

JiR´s longstanding collaboration with Honda will conclude at the end of the current season.

The Gianluca Montiron-run JiR banner, currently involved with the JiR Team Scot outfit in MotoGP, has announced the termination of its collaboration with HRC, following the rejection of the company´s request of a bike lease for 2009.

Chief Executive Officer Montiron was philosophical about the split, which comes after a long association with the Japanese factory. Plans to divide the respective JiR and Team Scot sections of the current team into two separate entities were announced at the end of July, with talks held with a number of riders to ride a `seventh´ RC212V next season.

`It is now time to turn the page because I have a different vision and projects and it´s the moment to close the chapter of our important collaboration with Honda Racing Corporation, which has been full of sporting and commercial success," comments Montiron on the end of the professional relationship.

`It is a question of motivation as well as choice. I am thinking of the 2003 season when my project brought Bridgestone into MotoGP alongside the Japanese rider Makoto Tamada. I remember with pleasure and pride a year of success in 2004, the year of the Camel Honda Team, with Tamada-san once more. And I cannot forget three very important seasons from 2005-2007 as the Konica Minolta Honda Team. This was a project which was solid and successful both commercially and sporting-wise.

`Of course I also want to consider this year, which saw the emergence of Andrea Dovizioso into the top-level of MotoGP and the effort and dedication that has been made daily as we try to battle with the best teams and riders in the championship,´ continued the Italian, who cited a lack of possible competitiveness with the satellite Honda bike as a contributing factor to the split.

`However, nowadays for private teams there is no chance of winning races, and my target is to repeat the successes of the past, therefore I feel it is better for players such as us to quit rather than simply make up the numbers on the grid. We have come to the time to finally turn the page and look forward to new projects, new motivation and a new manufacturer in which we can believe.´

JiR will continue as an entity, with the next project for the company to be announced at the end of the year. Team Scot will announce their MotoGP program for 2009 –with Yuki Takahashi likely to make the move up to the premier class- this afternoon.


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