Honda HRC will therefore start a brand new campaign inside the MotoGP next year, with newcomer Andrea Dovizioso joining Dani Pedrosa for the team's 2-bike effort in 2009. Honda will also provide customer bikes for 2 more teams in the MotoGP roaster, San Carlo Gresini and Scot Racing.
Toni Elias will be returning to compete for his former Gresini team in 2009, joining San Marino's sophomore Alex de Angelis. Scot Racing, on the other hand, will start their second MotoGP campaign rookie-based, as Japanese rider Yuki Takahashi is set to replace Dovizioso at Gianluca Montiron's team.
Ducati will also begin next season with a new lineup, as former MotoGP champion will join Casey Stoner for 2009. Like Honda, the Italian manufacturer is to provide bikes for 2 other customer teams in the MotoGP, naming Pramac Racing and newcomers Grupo Francisco Hernando. The latter have already secured Sete Gibernau for their maiden MotoGP campaign.
Here's the complete roaster for the 2009 season of the MotoGP championship:
3 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda (Honda)
4 Andrea Dovizioso Repsol Honda (Honda)
5 Colin Edwards Tech 3 Yamaha ( Yamaha)
7 Chris Vermeulen Rizla Suzuki ( Suzuki)
14 Randy De Puniet LCR Honda (Honda)
15 Alex De Angelis San Carlo Gresini ( Honda)
21 John Hopkins Kawasaki Racing ( Kawasaki)
24 Toni Elias San Carlo Gresini ( Honda)
27 Casey Stoner Ducati Marlboro ( Ducati)
33 Marco Melandri Kawasaki Racing (Kawasaki)
36 Mika Kallio Pramac Racing (Ducati)
46 Valentino Rossi Fiat Yamaha (Yamaha)
52 James Toseland Tech 3 Yamaha(Yamaha)
59 Sete Gibernau Grupo Francisco Hernando (Ducati)
65 Loris Capirossi Rizla Suzuki (Suzuki)
69 Nicky Hayden Ducati Marlboro (Ducati)
72 Yuki Takahashi Scot Racing (Honda)
88 Niccolo Canepa Pramac Racing (Ducati)
99 Jorge Lorenzo Fiat Yamaha (Yamaha)