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Briton makes involvement in new 125cc project official.
Already announced as the ambitious Maxtra outfit´s second rider for 2009, Briton Matthew Hoyle has finally made official his involvement with the new 125cc project with the signing of a contract for 2009. The former Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup racewinner met with Team Director Garry Taylor at Maxtra´s UK headquarters to confirm the deal.
`I´m obviously delighted to be making the move up to GP racing,´ says Hoyle, who was on standby for new teammate Michael Ranseder´s first test with the new bike last November at Valencia. `I´ll be working with some real legends, so I´ve got a lot to live up to, but I´m really looking forward to it.´
Hoyle is no stranger to the project –the brainchild of Taylor and MotoGP Legend John Surtees- having taken part in their 2008 UK developmental programme. His performances in the rookies series were also pivotal in his convincing the team of his worth.
`We watched him at a number of the rounds, including Indianapolis, where Kevin Schwantz and I saw his potential,´ says Taylor. `The Maxtra Racing management team of Simon Wei, John Surtees, Steve Harris and I were all impressed by Matt´s input, maturity, attitude and enthusiasm.
`Matt will make a great team mate for Michael Ranseder and will quickly contribute to the machine´s progress. We are very excited to have him on strength.´
Maxtra will test for the first time in 2009 in mid-February, with a visit to Spain pencilled in for Hoyle and Ranseder.
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