San Marino Backing For Scot Honda Fails, De Angelis Linked To Tech 3 Moto2

For the past couple of weeks, the MotoGP paddock has been on tenterhooks waiting for an announcement on the future of Alex de Angelis. The Italian has been working on a deal to keep the Scot Honda team in MotoGP, with backing from De Angelis' native mountain republic of San Marino. An announcement was expected this weekend at Sepang, but it failed to come, raising fears that the deal had fallen through.

That seems to be confirmed by an interview which the French motorcycling website Moto Caradisiac did with Monster Tech 3 Yamaha team boss Herve Poncharal. The Frenchman was ostensibly talking about Tech 3's new Moto2 project, which they hope to present at the final Valencia round of MotoGP, and mentioned the riders in line for a ride with the team. "I have five possible candidates," Poncharal told Moto Caradisiac. "Alex de Angelis, who told me yesterday that MotoGP is gone for him, and the Scot Honda project with San Marino won't happen; [current Scot Honda 250 rider Raffaele] de Rosa, [current Pramac Ducati rider Niccolo] Canepa, [former Scot Honda rider Yuki] Takahashi and [current Matteoni 250 rider] Jules Cluzel."

No announcement on the status of the project has been forthcoming from either Scot Honda, HRC or San Marino, which would seem to suggest that Poncharal is correct and Scot Honda's bid to stay in MotoGP has foundered on a lack of funds. This paves the way for the possibility of Lucio Cecchinello's LCR Honda team to get a second machine, and bring the number of Honda RC212V's on the grid to 7.

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i wonder if that means talmacsi gets to keep his ride after all...

'cause i sure hope it doesn't mean no 7th honda...

HRC have vetoed Talmacsi. He's off to Moto2, with Luca Boscoscuro (who runs the Gilera team right now), if I recall correctly. 

Hiroshi Aoyama is supposed to be going to MotoGP next year with Team Scot?

This gives me some joy, the first moto2 list is looking more like the 250 grid of 2004! Some good names in there.

I'm going to shead a tear for the 250 class thou. Best looking, sounding, cornering gp bikes ever!