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Yuki Takahashi is set to take the step up to the premier class in 2009, riding on an 800cc Honda RC212V with the Scot Racing team.
With Andrea Dovizioso departing for Repsol Honda and former team boss Gianluca Montiron heading for pastures new at the end of the season, Yuki Takahashi will move up from the 250cc class to ride for a new-look, Cirano Mularoni-headed Scot Racing outfit next season.
At a press conference announcing the plans on Friday at the A-Style Grand Prix of Japan, Takahashi told motogp.com, `I am very happy because it has been my dream for a long time to get into MotoGP. I have been working with the team since 2005 and after three years I have got my MotoGP ticket. But it has not just been my work, Honda have helped, my team have helped and so have our sponsors, so I want to say thank you to them all.´
Asked whether he would be asked to meet certain targets in his rookie season, Takahashi replied, `Next year I will be with a satellite team so it may make it difficult to fight with official factory bikes, but I love my team because the mechanics all work at 100%, or more! So we will try hard and see what happens!´
Bad luck with injuries has hampered Takahashi in his World Championship progress in recent seasons, but a consistent season in 2008 has earned him a chance to prove himself at the top level next year.
Mularoni stated, `I am proud to announce the debut of Yuki in MotoGP riding the Honda RC212V after four season in the 250 class. This year Yuki has proven himself as a mature rider and he deserves to take the step up. The team is highly motivated to continue alongside Honda for many years to come striving for success. I hope next year with Yuki we can repeat the results of Andrea this season. It is a big day for us.´
HRC Director, Kosuke Yasutake, meanwhile, commented, `HRC and Scot Honda have shared a long and successful partnership in Grand Prix racing and I am very pleased that our association will continue at the highest level of motorcycle racing. For the 2009 season HRC will provide the Scot team with RC212V machines for their rider Yuki Takahashi, who will make his debut in the MotoGP class. The Scot team have excellent technical staff who have worked in harmony with HRC engineers for many years and we wish Scot and Takahashi-san success with their new challenge.´
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