Honda Gresini sign Staring
Australia will have a rider on the 2013 MotoGP grid after Honda Gresini confirmed the signing of Bryan Staring.
With former World Champion Casey Stoner opting to retire at the end of this season, there were fears that Australia would have no representation next year ,but that won't be the case.
Staring, who contested in the FIM Superstock 1000 series for Pedercini Kawasakiover in 2012 and also rode as World Superbike wildcard for Pedercini at Phillip Island, will race on the FTR-Honda machine next year and he will partner Alvaro Bautista.
"Racing in the MotoGP class has always seemed a very remote, practically unattainable," the 25-year-old said.
"Now that I have a real chance to race in this championship with Go & Fun Honda Gresini, it's almost unbelievable...a dream come true. It's the greatest opportunity of my career and I will be giving it my best. I know I still have a lot to learn and I will put in all the effort it requires.
"I have to thank [team owner] Fausto Gresini and the team sponsors who have given me this opportunity. I cannot imagine the excitement when I first get on the bike!"
Fausto Gresini added: "The arrival of Bryan Staring will complete the Team Go & Fun Honda Gresini MotoGP. The young Australian will carry out our project in the CRT class, which we believe in, and which in the very last race of 2012 in Valencia gave us a prestigious result.
"Bryan made his mark in the Superstock 1000 class winning three races and he certainly has a competitive spirit and lots of important goals to reach with our FTR-Honda. I cannot wait to see him on track and working with our boys with whom, I believe, he will integrate very well."