In September, current Monster Tech 3 Yamaha rider Colin Edwards confirmed he would be joining a new team for 2012 – the private Forward Racing team, which is expected to compete on a Yamaha.
This left an open seat next to Cal Crutchlow on the Monster Tech 3 team, but on Monday, the team confirmed who will fill the open position – Andrea Dovizioso.
The 25-year-old Italian, who currently competes next to Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa on the Repsol Honda team, joined MotoGP in 2008. He was the 2004 125cc MotoGP Champions, and finished as runner-up in the former 250cc class twice.
With three races remaining in 2011 MotoGP, Dovizioso has five podium finishes, including four second places.
Andrea Dovizioso says: "I’m happy to have reached this agreement with Tech 3 for next year and I want to thank Hervé Poncharal for the opportunity he is giving me. I am excited to become part of Hervé’s squad and to be teamed with Cal. I am sure this new challenge will be exciting, motivating and fun. Now that 2012 is sorted I want to focus on finishing the season in the best possible way."
Herve Poncharal (Monster Tech 3 Yamaha MotoGP Team Manager says: "I am delighted that a rider of Andrea’s stature has decided to commit his future to Tech 3 and Yamaha. He is without doubt one of the fastest riders in the world who has proven on a regular basis that he is capable of challenging for the podium in MotoGP.
"I am thrilled that he trusts the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team to take his career to the next level and we can look forward to 2012 with high expectations. I am convinced that with Andrea and Cal we have one of the strongest line-ups on the grid in 2012 and both of them will demonstrate the potential of Yamaha’s new 1000cc machine."