Italian MotoGP star Andrea Dovizioso will ride alongside Cal Crutchlow on the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team in 2012 after signing a one-year deal with the French team.The 25-year-old Dovizioso is currently third in the 2010 MotoGP World Championship with five podium finishes, including four second-place finishes for the Repsol Honda team. Dovizioso, who won the 125cc World Championship in 2004 and has finished second twice in the 250cc World Championship, has nearly always raced Hondas.
“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,” Dovizioso said in a team release. “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.”Team owner Herve Poncharal is also pleased to have found a replacement for Colin Edwards, the Texan set to move to a CRT team for 2012.”I am delighted that a rider of Andrea’s stature has decided to commit his future to Tech 3 and Yamaha,” Poncharal said. “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.”