MotoGP

Honda add extra machine to 2010 MotoGP grid

250cc championship leader Hirosho Aoyama fronts new team under Daniel Epp

HONDA IS adding an extra machine to the MotoGP grid next year, giving 250cc championship leader Hiro Aoyama his first crack at MotoGP

The new team will be run by Czech businessman Daniel Epp, who plans to abandon his Emmi Caffe Latte team for the new venture, with a sponsor yet to be confirmed.

Epp had hoped to move to MotoGP with his long-time rider Thomas Luthi, with whom he won the 125 title in 2005. But disappointing results from the Swiss racer in his third 250 year meant the target was moved to Moto2, and the disillusioned Epp moved on.

"We are pleased to announce that we have completed a deal to run a Honda RC212V in the MotoGP class in the 2010 season," said Epp.

"After winning the world championship in 2005 with Tom Lüthi on the 125cc Honda, it's a great pleasure for me to join up again with Honda.

"Now, after all these years we have finally been able to achieve our dream of presenting a MotoGP project. We are proud to become part of the premier class of motorcycle grand prix racing."

The decision brings to an end LCR’s hopes of adding a second MotoGP rider alongside Randy de Puniet.

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